Older Adults Maintaining Independence

Funding Strategy


Funding Goal

To foster optimal health and wellness for Older Adults enabling them to live safe, productive, and independent lives.


Target Population

Our grant support will focus on congregations and organizations who serve adults age 60 and older who are currently residing in a home or independent senior living facility as well as their family/caregiver(s). This excludes individuals living in a licensed care facility.

Impact Areas

Impact Areas describe, in broad terms, the measurable change within each Funding Focus Area that Lutheran Foundation would like to see in the lives of those served by Grantees.  Impact Areas allow the Foundation to aggregate outcomes across multiple Grantees to determine our community impact.  

Organizations seeking funding from the Foundation must demonstrate how their program will address one or more of the following Impact Areas:


  • Impact Area #1: Older adults will maintain or experience improved mental, physical and/or spiritual health.
  • Impact Area #2: Older adults will experience reduced social isolation.
  • Impact Area #3: Older adults will gain or maintain functional independence.

Potential Funding Interests

Following are examples of programs/services/activities which the Foundation will consider for funding.  This list is not exhaustive.

Programs and services to older adults and their family/caregiver(s):

  • Support services that address basic needs for older adults who want to remain in their home environment in their community. Examples include:
    • Home-delivered groceries, meals, books, craft supplies
    • Home and personal care services (e.g., chore and cooking services)
    • Transportation (e.g., doctor appointments, grocery stores, social outings)
    • Managing personal finances
    • Home safety improvement programs (e.g. cosmetic/minor repairs, bathroom modification, heating/cooling, accommodations for disabilities)
    • Nutritional supplements and incontinence supplies as part of a broader program
  • Social and/or educational opportunities for meaningful family, church, and/or community connections/engagements.
  • Health care services such as:
    • Nutrition and healthy lifestyles
    • Access to preventative care
    • Diagnosis and management of chronic health conditions
  • Opportunities to engage in healthy activities such as exercise, nutritional education, and smoking cessation.
  • Services to help navigate available programs, such as meal assistance, housing, basic household needs, prescription drug benefits, utility assistance, etc
  • Education on aging-related health issues (e.g., chronic disease self-management) to better make informed health-related decisions.
  • Services that utilize chaplains, health and peer coaches, and/or parish/faith community nurses.
  • Training, education and supportive services for caregivers about skills, self-care and knowledge of resources.
  • Services that utilize technology to promote/maintain independence.


Organizational support:

  • Activities that build the infrastructure of an organization such as:
    • Technology
    • Staff training
    • Strategic planning


Multi-Year Funding
Lutheran Foundation is open to providing grant support for more than one year for a particular program (typically awarded annually), although funding for the same program is usually limited to a total of three (3) years.  Tracking and reporting requirements will increase with each subsequent year of funding.  For more information, see the Application & Reporting Requirements section and/or the User's Guide.