Embracing Aging Grants Program

Improving Aging in York County

For Grant Seekers Embracing Aging Grants

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.

Our vision is to make York County a great place to age!

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 higher impact competitive grants). For 2019, Embracing Aging is accepting applications that:

  • Enhance the quality of life for people age 50 and older, resulting in an increased sense of purpose.


Important Dates

Feb. 4, 2019           Competitive grant cycle opens
April 26, 2019         Applications due
June 28, 2019        Revised applications due
Sept. 16, 2019        Grant awards announced


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 YCCF and designed in partnership with collaborating nonprofits. Partnership grants have the highest bar to get funded and a flexible cap for funds awarded.

For 2019, Embracing Aging’s focus areas are:

  • Create age-friendly physical environments; increased satisfaction with access/ease of mobility. Housing is a priority.
  • Help people prepare to age in community; proactively planning for where and how to live as they age and knowing where to find resources.

If you have an idea or interest in these two focus areas, contact Cathy Bollinger at or by phone at 717.848.3733.

Key components of partnership grants

  1. Larger grant, perhaps requiring longer timeframe and/or multiyear funding.
  2. Will be broad in scope, e.g., not a single 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.
  3. Typically, will be a new approach, or will have nonprofits working together in new ways.
  4. YCCF’s level of engagement will be high throughout process.


Want to Get Involved?

To learn more about our Embracing Aging Initiative, please contact:

Lise Levin
Vice President for Community Investment
Cathy Bollinger
Managing Director of Embracing Aging
Layla Boyce
Grants and Scholarship Program Administrator