LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Aging & Adult Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is pleased to announce that $500,000 is available as grant funds to wellness programs in senior centers.
The agency received the funds in the fiscal year 2020 budget as approved by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature to support these kinds of programs.
Eligibility for the grant funds is based on the following criteria:
• The center is located in Michigan and serves adults age 60 and older.
• The senior center, or the organization under which it operates, has a 501(c)(3) status, another nonprofit status, or is a unit of general-purpose government or agency or educational system.
• The center is not part of a senior housing complex or a residential housing facility.
• The funded programs must support mental and physical health maintenance and improvement for the participants, addressing such issues as, but not limited to:
o Physical activity.
o Chronic illness and self-management.
o Social isolation.
o Addictive behavior.
o Fall prevention.
o Caregiver education and burnout prevention.
o Medication management.
“Senior centers play a vital role in connecting older adults to services that can help them thrive in the community,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, senior deputy director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency. “We look forward to reviewing grant proposals from senior centers throughout Michigan.”
Funds will be awarded to selected senior centers in increments not to exceed $5,000 per senior center per award.
The application and required attachments should be completed and returned to MDHHS via email – which is preferred – or mail, postmarked or timestamped on or before Friday, Feb. 28. Applications postmarked or timestamped after Feb. 28 will not be considered.