Apply for our new round of Benefits Enrollment Center grants!

The Center for Benefits Access (the Center) at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is seeking qualified organizations to become Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries—both seniors aged 65+ years and adults living with disabilities — who have limited income and resources into available benefits, with the primary focus being on the following five core benefit programs:

  • Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS)
  • Medicare Savings Programs (MSP)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Download the Request for Proposals (RFP).

About the Benefits Enrollment Center Grants

The focus of this grant is to enhance access to benefits for qualifying low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Grantees are encouraged to assist clients with applications for programs beyond the five core benefits, in keeping with the principles of the person-centered approach.

Grants will run for a 20-month period (January 1, 2019 to September 29, 2020). Applicants are required to match 15% of their funding under this grant through a cash or in-kind match. Grants of up to $115,000 each will be awarded to selected organizations.

Special consideration will be given to agencies serving areas that are not currently served by a BEC and people who have been disproportionately impacted. Examples include people residing in rural areas, border communities, immigrants, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, members of tribal communities residing on and off reservation land, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and veterans. The current BEC locations can be found here.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a simple notice of intent (using link on page 7 of the RFP) by Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 12 p.m. ET. A link to complete the application will be sent to those who submit a notice. Those who do not submit a notice of intent by the deadline but would like to apply must still submit a notice of intent in order to receive the application guidance.

Proposals are due by 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

Questions? Read the full RFP and visit our Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have additional concerns, contact us by email.