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Embracing Aging Grants Program

Embracing Aging is supported by the Hahn Home Fund, which was established through the bequest of Anna Gardner; also includes the Chester H. Thomas Fund.

Embracing Aging focuses on improving how people experience aging in York County. We work to:

  • Improve attitudes around aging by reducing ageism and increasing the understanding and caring about the needs and perspectives of older people.
  • Reduce barriers to aging well, resulting in more age-friendly policies and community design to affect systemic change.

Competitive Grants

Competitive grants are open to any qualified nonprofit interested in pursuing a grant in the Fund’s focus areas. Embracing Aging’s competitive grant awards have a maximum amount of either $6,000 (for small competitive grants) or $20,000 (for impact competitive grants). Grants must address EA’s outcomes and indicators.

Outcome:        Older people are prepared to age in community.

Indicator:        Increase in the # of people proactively planning for aging in community and knowing how to connect with services to assist them


Outcome:        Enhanced quality of life for older adults.

Indicator:        Increase in the # of older people with general well-being and happiness


Outcome:        More age-friendly physical environments.

Indicator:        Increase in the # of older people satisfied with their access and/or ease of mobility


Click here to view a webinar on Embracing Aging’s 2018 grantmaking.  Contact Cathy Bollinger, managing director of Embracing Aging at with questions.

Important dates:

  1. February 2            Competitive grant cycle opens
  2. May 7                      Grant applications due
  3. May 8                        Nonprofit vetting (best practice in the field to confirm NPO’s organizational capacity)
  4. May 9                        YCCF staff reads grants
  5. May 30                      YCCF staff meets to discuss grants; compile questions and clarifications
  6. June 6                       Questions emailed to applicants
  7. June 22                  Second draft of grant applications, with questions answered, due
  8. June 25                     Grants are sent to EA’s Distribution Committee’s volunteer grant readers
  9. July 27                      Volunteers’ initial ratings of grants are due to EA
  10. August 14                 Volunteers discuss grants; recommend grants to be funded
  11. September 13          YCCF board meets and ratifies recommendations
  12. September 14      Award announcements emailed/mailed to NPOs
  13. October 1                 Meetings with YCCF staff begin, signing grant contracts, receiving grant checks

Partnership Grants

In general, large-scale programs designed to address a critical community issue are more likely to be eligible for partnership grant funding, especially if they are developed in partnership with Embracing Aging and designed in partnership with collaborating nonprofits. Partnership grants have the highest bar to get funded and a flexible cap for funds awarded.

Key components of partnership grants

  • Larger grant, perhaps requiring longer timeframe and/or multiyear funding.
  • Will be broad in scope, e.g., not a single school population but an entire sector. Examples include collaborative programs to reduce the rate of low birthweight babies throughout York City; foster county-wide economic prosperity; address the housing shortage for low-income seniors; or foster economic and community development in Delta.
  • Typically, will be a new approach, or will have nonprofits working together in new ways.
  • Embracing Aging’s level of engagement will be high throughout process.


Click here to access our online grant application system

Read our eligibility requirements

York County Community Foundation

14 West Market Street, York, PA 17401
717-848-3733 (York) | 717-630-1843 (Hanover) | 717-854-7231 (Fax) |
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