The Elderly Needs Fund (ENF) at Fremont Area Community Foundation is currently accepting grant proposals for programs that benefit Newaygo County seniors.
Grants are available for projects or programs that promote the physical health of local seniors, the mental/emotional well-being of seniors and their caregivers, social enrichment and prevention of social isolation, and basic human services.
Past grants have supported senior transportation services, respite care, art classes, and food programs. In last spring’s grant round, Bellwether Harbor was awarded a grant for its new Seniors for Seniors program. In this program, older adults are matched with older rescue cats in permanent foster placements. Food, supplies, medical care, and ongoing support is provided, eliminating much of the financial burden of owning a pet for seniors on a fixed income. The arrangement provides loving homes for older cats who are often overlooked by potential adopters and opens more space in the shelter for other rescues. For seniors, having a cat at home can also help prevent isolation, provide companionship, encourage mobility as the senior cares for the cat, and even improve mood and reduce stress and depression.
Grant applications for the Elderly Needs Fund are completed online and are due on February 3.
For more information and to apply, visit facommunityfoundation.org/ENF.