Samuels Foundation: Healthy Aging Grant Program

Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Aging/Gerontology Senior Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

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Healthy Aging Program

Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation's health care program is to improve the health care and overall quality of life for the elderly of New York City. Our success will be measured by the positive impact that the program has on people's lives.

Our Approach

The Foundation's Healthy Aging Program primarily funds patient-based and social service activities that directly help the elderly of New York  City. It aims to improve the way health and social services are delivered  by providing support for innovative, effective, efficient and caring  organizations.We will consider funding high quality, direct service  providers who: 

  • Increase/enhance access and availability of support, care or services especially for those with acute or chronic illness and those requiring palliative care. 
  • Create positive, measurable changes in quality.
  • Demonstrate more cost-effective ways of delivering needed services.
  • Develop programs and provide services to those who are traditionally underserved, such as the immigrant and the economically disadvantaged elderly.
  • Increase the availability and quality of programs that allow older adults to remain in their homes and delay the need for long-term institutional care.
  • Improve the quality-of-life of the elderly who are residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Improve the way professionals (physicians, nurses, social workers) and paraprofessionals (nursing aides) care for older adults and help to increase the number of professionals and paraprofessionals who care for the growing elderly population.

Programs supported by the Foundation must meet a demonstrable need of New York City's aging population. They must be designed to deliver services or alter the behavior of either providers or consumers. They should meet current needs or lay the groundwork to meet future needs and must have the potential to become sustainable and self-sufficient without further funding from the Samuels Foundation. The Foundation is particularly concerned with the availability and quality of healthcare received by the elderly. Faced with the realization that the number of elderly people is growing, the Foundation is committed to using its grant funds to work toward changing the system for the better.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility and Selection Criteria
    • The Foundation makes grants almost exclusively to organizations in the five boroughs of New York City.
    • Grants will be awarded only to recognized tax-exempt, publicly supported organizations.
    • Applicant organizations must provide direct services to the elderly and have the experience and capability to demonstrate that each grant dollar provides the greatest benefit to the greatest number of patients and their families.
  • Assuming that a proposed program meets the Foundation's geographic and programmatic guidelines, it will be reviewed using the following criteria:
    • The program will improve the overall quality of life of, or healthcare service delivery to New York City's elderly.
    • The program has a realistic, achievable work plan and a rational, well justified budget.
    • The program staff who are to perform the work are experienced and highly qualified.
    • The sponsoring organization is stable, competent and committed. 


  • We give priority to programs that will remain in place and grow once our funding has ended.
  • Therefore, we are looking to fund programs that are sustainable in the following ways:
    • The program continues to generate revenue, which supports the continued provision of services to the elderly. 
    • The program is or will be eligible for, and takes advantage of reimbursement mechanisms either from insurance programs or federal, state or local entitlement programs.
    • The program will reduce the overall costs of delivering direct services. These savings will enable the organization or institution to continue the program after the grant term.
    • The program will continue with other grants or funding, and there is evidence that the organization has a track record of strong, continuing and reliable funding streams. 


  • The Foundation's Healthy Aging Program does not give grants to individuals, nor will it provide funds for general operating support, conferences, bio-medical research, endowment campaigns, nor ongoing support of demonstrations beyond the period of the grant.
  • Requests for capital or building projects are not funded unless necessary for program implementation.


This page was last reviewed May 25, 2021 and last updated May 25, 2021