Applications due October 5, 2023
Apply for this funding opportunity.
The National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment is soliciting applications for grants from organizations who wish to become Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). The grants are for the 19-month period from January 1, 2024 to August 31, 2025. BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll low-income Medicare beneficiaries — both older adults age 65+ and adults with disabilities — into a range of public benefits.
Special consideration will be given to applicants serving areas that are not currently served by a BEC and that are focused on serving groups who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequity. These groups include people who identify as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other people of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals; people with disabilities; people who live in rural areas; people otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality; and those with limited English proficiency (LEP).
Organizations eligible to apply for BEC grants include state or community-based nonprofit organizations, state government agencies, tribal entities, and faith-based organizations addressing the needs of older adults and younger adults with disabilities. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 will be awarded to selected organizations.
The National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment is operated by the National Council on Aging through a cooperative agreement with ACL. The Center provides training and technical assistance to help professionals enroll low-income Medicare beneficiaries into benefits. It also serves as the MIPPA Resource Center and leads the Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative.