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2020 Healthy Seniors Grant Program

The Mary E. Bivins Foundation distributes funds in the form of grants for charitable purposes that address specific, nonrecurring needs of qualified nonprofit organizations committed to improving and enriching the quality of life in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

The Bivins Foundation is excited to announce the 2020 Healthy Seniors Grant Program. The grant program features a simplified grant application and is designed to assist organizations that provide programs targeted to meet the needs of aging and senior populations in the Texas Panhandle. Programs that address hunger and food security, nutrition, aging in place, transportation, increasing social connection, care giver support, health needs, and other senior related issues are eligible. Preference will be given to requests that address the issue of senior hunger, food security, and nutrition. Organizations and applications must meet the Foundation’s eligibility requirements.

The 2020 Healthy Seniors Grant Program will accept requests between $2,500 and $25,000. The application will be available on the Mary E. Bivins Foundation website beginning on August 4th. Applications can be (1) completed in the online portal; (2) printed, filled out, and mailed to P.O. Box 1727; Amarillo, TX 79105-1727; or (3) downloaded, completed electronically, and emailed to jessica@bivinsfoundation.org. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that the completed application, including any and all necessary attachments, is received by the deadline. Applications are due October 1, 2020 at 12:00 noon (CST). Award decisions and notifications will be made in late November.

An optional online meeting will be hosted on Tuesday, September 1 at 9:00am to cover the details of the grant program and answer questions. Details on this meeting are provided below. For additional information, please contact Jessica Tudyk, Program Officer, by email at jessica@bivinsfoundation.org or by phone at 806.379.9400.

Topic: Healthy Seniors Grant Program Overview
Date: Tuesday September 1, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM (Central Standard Time)
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84171019072
Or join by telephone:
1-346-248-7799
Meeting ID: 841 7101 9072

Upcoming grant cycles are as follows:

TENTATIVE
October 1, 2020 – Application opens
November 23, 2020 at noon – Application due
December 2020 and early January 2021 – Site visits
Late February 2021 – Funding decisions made

TENTATIVE
April 1, 2021 – Application opens
May 28, 2021 at noon – Application due
June and early July 2021 – Site visits
Late August 2021 – Funding decisions made

To be eligible for funding, the applicant organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is classified as a public charity and must use the grant funds within and for the benefit of the residents and communities of the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.  Organizations should not request funds more than once in a 12-month period and it is recommended that organizations wait at least two years between requests.  The Board will not consider a request from an organization that has an open grant; therefore, all grant requirements, including reports, must be complete before an organization is eligible to apply.  In general the Foundation will not consider a grant request for less than $5,000.  Please review other eligibility criteria found on the right-hand side of the “Program Overview” page.

You should contact the Foundation prior to submitting an application so that we may discuss your proposed project and answer any questions you might have about the process. These meetings are extremely helpful for both the applicant and the Foundation, and are strongly encouraged.

For additional information, please contact Jessica Tudyk, Program Officer, at jessica@bivinsfoundation.org or 806.379.9400.