NCOA’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative
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NCOA’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative


The National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative is a national program that fights senior hunger by supporting efforts by community-based organizations and agencies to assist older adults (i.e., age 60 and over) in applying for and enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This initiative is supported by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Note: The deadline for applications has been extended to Jan. 6.

Through the Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative, NCOA will award $1,000,000 in grant funding to community-based organizations and agencies, including senior centers, to assist low-income older adults in applying for and enrolling in SNAP and other benefits.

  • Grant Area A will seek to award 30 grants of $10,000 each to senior centers that are members of the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), for a SNAP-focused application effort.
  • Grant Area B will seek to award 8 grants of up to $50,000 each, focused on increasing the SNAP enrollment capacity of organizations (including possibly senior centers) that are already dedicated to helping older adults access public benefits and programs. 
  • A third area of the program, which is non-competitive, and therefore not subject to this RFP, will provide $300,000 in grants to organizations currently partnering with NCOA in a systems change initiative in Alabama, Colorado, and Cook County, Illinois.

Applicants must be a public or nonprofit organization, faith-based organization or coalition, state or local government entity, or a consumer and community advocacy organization or coalition, with a focus on serving older adults and/or providing nutrition programs. 

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Release of RFP: December 2, 2013
  • Online application available for proposal submission: December 9, 2013
  • Letter of Interest to apply due: December 20, 2013
  • Full proposal due: January 6, 2014 - new date!
  • Notification of awards: early February 2014
  • Award performance period: February 14, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Request for Proposals

Download the full Request for Proposals (RFP).

How to Apply

NCOA is using an online application for this initiative. The online application (for submitting both the letter of interest and the full proposal) is available at:

Download instructions and tips for completing the application.

Download frequently asked questions about the application process.

Informational Webinars

Informational webinars for potential applicants were held on Dec. 11 and Dec. 13. These webinars have been recorded and archived below.


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