Age-Inclusive, Intergenerational Grant Opportunity

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is offering a grant opportunity to support organizations in developing more age-inclusive intergenerational organizations and community-based programs.

Ten $1,000 grants will be awarded to Alliance members to advance this work. 

How to Apply

First, complete the organizational assessment to prioritize your efforts. In the assessment, you’ll rate your maturity in six different levers, each referring to a different aspect of your organization. Once your organization has chosen one or two specific levers of focus, review the Alliance’s new toolkit with specific action steps for each lever and supporting resources. This will help you choose specific action steps to advance—we recommend choosing up to three. 

Then, complete the grant application below, sharing information about your current intergenerational efforts and next steps.

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. CT. 

Ten organizations will receive:

  • $1,000 to support age-inclusive, intergenerational work
  • 50% off one 2019 Alliance National Conference registration ($375 value)
  • A coaching call with national experts in intergenerational work
  • National recognition through the Alliance E-News, Alliance Policy Radar, Alliance social media channels, and’s Gen2Gen marketing channels

Winners will be selected by an internal review committee and be notified via email by July 29. 

To support all applicants, the Alliance will send personalized invitations to upcoming webinars, connect you with your peers and Second Acts cohort members, and provide other targeted tools and resources.  

Contact Emily Merritt, director of intergenerational initiatives at Alliance, with questions or for more information.


About Second Acts

In America, 11,000 individuals with a tremendous amount of skill and expertise turn 65 every day. Through its intergenerational initiative Second Acts for Strong Communities, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is uniting a cohort of 10 organizations and greater member network around best practices and new approaches for engaging and leveraging older adult talent. There are three major components to the initiative:

  • Implementing an intentional encore human capital approach at demonstration sites
  • Building a learning community and creating resources
  • Embedding encore talent as a human capital strategy within the Alliance network

Each site in the Second Acts for Strong Communities cohort will retain one grant-funded fellow, age 50 or older, who will provide leadership on the project and support the recruitment and placement of additional encore talent. Working in a learning cohort, the leaders and encore talent from the sites will share insights and experiences resulting from their activities. Together, the cohort will gather knowledge, create replicable tools and materials, and build a network of ambassadors to scale intergenerational models through the Alliance network and nonprofit and public human-serving sectors.

The Alliance and will provide the infrastructure for the learning community by providing virtual and in-person knowledge sharing opportunities.

Cohort Sites

  • Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Ascentria in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Child & Family Service in Ewa Beach, Hawaii
  • Family Foundations in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Grace Hill Settlement House in St. Louis
  • BakeRipley in Houston
  • Lad Lake in Dousman, Wisconsin
  • OhioGuidestone in Berea, Ohio
  • Rockford Housing Authority in Rockford, Illinois
  • United Neighborhood Houses of New York in New York Partnership is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in the second half of adulthood to improve communities and the world. It is an information and best practices resource for a growing network of organizations. has worked closely with the Alliance to develop the program design of Second Acts for Strong Communities. The organization serves as thought partner, consultant, and technical assistance provider. logo