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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies
for Projects to Benefit Older Adults

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NextFifty Initiative

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02/28/21 5:00 PM MDT


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government entities for projects that benefit older adults. While applicants are accepted for projects throughout the United States, the majority of funding will be awarded for projects in Colorado. Funded initiatives must target, or be able to demonstrate benefit to, those who are age 50 and older, including the older adult disabled population.

NextFifty Initiative exists to fund projects, ideas, technology, and innovations that improve the lives and capacities of those who are aging. NextFifty Initiative seeks to partner with organizations that are visionaries, community leaders, and educators to fuel ideas and drive innovations that will improve the experience of aging in Colorado and the nation.

NextFifty Initiative is required to direct at least 80% of its funding to benefit the people of Colorado. Initiatives should  NextFifty Initiative continues to look for new and innovative projects and will also consider requests for support of existing programs/projects serving older adults.

NextFifty Initiative will cast the net broadly to identify and fund promising ideas in the aging space across disciplines and fields of interest. This is an opportunity for stakeholders in the broad field of aging to present ideas that will help to create a new future for aging in Colorado and the nation. NextFifty Initiative is interested in a variety of issues including, but not limited to: transportation, housing, health and wellness, social programs, caregiver support, workforce, technology, research, and the arts. 

Examples of areas for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizational capacity building
  • Community education
  • Caregiver support
  • Communications strategies and projects that break stereotypes and promote a better understanding of aging
  • Limited funding available for direct services supporting a broader aging project
  • New models in services, housing, and transportation that enhance the quality of life and functional capacity for those age 50 and older
  • Projects that support policy and advocacy efforts (not including lobbying activities)
  • Projects that explore or promote socialization, improve mobility and enhance engagement in community
  • Projects that seek to convene a diverse group of stakeholders to identify and address issues of aging
  • Projects that train for encore careers and volunteerism
  • Projects that enhance the workforce to serve the aging and promote the use of older workers
  • Projects that promote inter-generational engagement, collaboration, and cross-learning
  • Research and innovations that assist the population

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190427

Estimated Size of Grant:

NextFifty Initiative encourages applicants to be realistic by requesting only what they need for a project to be successful. Proposals that request more than $250,000 are expected to secure considerable funding from other internal or external sources to support the project.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may apply for up to two years of funding; however, funds are limited for multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be made to nonprofit entities organized under sections 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(6) of the IRS code that are in good standing with the state or jurisdiction in which the organization resides. Governmental entities are also eligible for funding. Applications are strengthened by collaborative partnerships in planning and execution.

IRS regulations require that the collection of additional information from organizations that are not 501(c)(3) public charities to demonstrate that grant funds would be used exclusively for charitable, not political or member-oriented, purposes. These organizations, if funded, will be required to account for the use of grant funds separately.

NextFifty Initiative is committed to social equity and expects grantees to demonstrate performance accountability that is free from discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Not funded:
- Organization endowments and fundraising ventures
- Budgetary shortfalls or debt reduction
- General operating support
- Pure capital projects unless they support a broader innovative aging project
- Individuals and individual needs, e.g. individual medical bills
- Projects that target lobbying interests or efforts, political campaigns and projects with a goal of supporting a specific political position
- Fundraising and general event sponsorships
- Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations (as classified by IRS form 990, Schedule A, Part 1)
- Student or fellow tuition costs
- Conference attendance and travel unless presenting results of a project funded by NextFifty Initiative
- Disease-specific laboratory research

Pre-Application Information:

NextFifty Initiative will host two funding cycles each year, one in the first quarter and one in the third quarter. The application cycle will be open January 15 - February 28, 2021.

After reviewing the Funding Guidelines, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to call and schedule a time to talk with NextFifty Initiative staff by February 12, 2021 to discuss whether a project is a fit with funding priorities.

Before making a multi-year request and/or a request of $250,000 or more, it is required to speak to a staff member from NextFifty Initiative about your proposal.

How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The application will be available June 15, 2020. See

NextFifty Initiative
Main: 303-547-1800
950 S. Cherry St. Suite 510
Denver, CO 80246

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