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Arlington’s first “Age Friendly Grant Catalog” is now open

By: Arlington Community Foundation

August 25, 2022

Arlington Community Foundation is excited to premiere and host the Age Friendly Grant Catalog featuring 12 grant ideas of organizations and programs serving older adults (55+) in Arlington, with grants up to $10,000 each. The public is able to view and ‘shop’ these grants at arlcf.org/AgeFriendly and donate any amount toward needs that inspire them.

It’s no secret that Arlington can be an expensive place to live, especially for those who survive on little income. Within this group are the thousands of older residents who have no reliable income, rely on modest government income, or whose only financial asset is the house they’ve called home for years, or even generations.

The 12 organizations and programs with grants in this Catalog work tirelessly to ensure that all Arlingtonians, no matter their age or income, can continue to call Arlington home, and age with dignity, love, and belonging.

Marta Hill Gray, Executive Director of Culpepper Garden, one of the Catalog grantees, said, “Culpepper Garden is grateful to be included in Arlington Community Foundation’s Age Friendly Catalog,” and when it comes to the ongoing support required to fund these vital services, “We think it begins within our own community of Arlington.”

Financially supporting these grants shows these organizations, and the people they serve, that we are here for them just as they are here for some of our most vulnerable neighbors, family members, and friends.

Arlington Community Foundation welcomes individuals and businesses to match donations or “sponsor” grants in the Catalog. Please contact Nick Knock, Arlington Community Foundation’s Director of Communications at [email protected] for more details on these opportunities.

To browse and support grants in the catalog, visit arlcf.org/AgeFriendly.

Grants [Listed alphabetically by organization/program name]:

-Help reduce social isolation for Arlington’s seniors [Alliance for Arlington Senior Programs] -Expand the “Us Bus” – Seniors walking elementary kids to school [Arlington Commission on Aging] -Help older adults discover and access aging support services in Arlington [Arlington Neighborhood Village] -Provide emergency dental care for seniors [Arlington Thrive] -Support a hospice volunteer program [Capital Caring] -Help very low-income assisted-living residents receive care [Culpepper Garden] -Help hospice patients live out their remaining days however they envision them [Goodwin Living Foundation] -Decrease social isolation through massage at Culpepper Garden [Healwell] -Help provide life-saving mental health services and safe housing options [PathForward (formerly A-SPAN)] -Provide critical repairs needed for older adults to stay safe in their own homes [Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church] -Help capture the stories and lessons learned of eight Arlingtonians over 100 years old [Seabury Resources for Aging] -Support volunteers who provide meals, rides, and companionship [St. Agnes Catholic Church]

About Arlington Community Foundation: Arlington Community Foundation was established in 1991 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families, and businesses for the betterment of Arlington County. As a grantmaker, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the needs of Arlingtonians, and address the most critical issues of our time to ensure that our community provides opportunity for everyone. For more information on Arlington Community Foundation please visit our website at www.arlcf.org or call 703-243-4785.

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