Letter of Intent Deadline Now Past
for 2019 Promising Innovations Grant

Please read the guidelines thoroughly before proceeding to the registration and online Letter of Intent forms, available via link at the end of these guidelines.

Kendal Charitable Funds, via the Lloyd Lewis Fund for Promising Innovations, is seeking ideas that can enhance the lives of an aging population through services and research. We are interested in developing new understandings and awareness of issues and opportunities in support of this initiative. We will give priority to projects that have significant potential for change and replication. To learn more about Kendal Charitable Funds and the Lloyd Lewis Fund for Promising Innovations, including prior funded projects, visit our website: https://www.kendalcharitablefunds.org.

The 2019 grant program will focus on the following topic:

With 90% of individuals over age 65 saying they want to live at home (https://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/ppi/liv-com/ib190.pdf), successful and replicable aging in place models continue to challenge aging services.

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  • Consortium: a combination or group of two or more non-profits with similar interests who have agreed to collaborate and/or work together on a given issue.
  • Urban area: refers to towns, cities, and suburbs with a population of a least 5,000.
  • Poverty line: a level of personal or family income that falls at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
  • Aging-in-Place: individuals remaining in their own home, the home of a relative or friend, or someplace outside of an institution such as a nursing home, continuing care retirement community / life-plan community with multiple levels of care available to meet various care needs, or assisted living facility.


The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofits
  • 7871 federally recognized Tribal government status

The following applications will NOT be considered:

  • No grants will be made to institutions which, in policy or practice, discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • In order to concentrate funds on the types of programs identified, it is necessary to specify the kinds of projects we do not fund. These include but are not limited to: support of sectarian religious activities, individual grants, endowment or debt reduction, loans, fellowships, out-of-area-travel, proprietary enterprises, political lobbying or any other political activities.
  • Capital requests (defined as support for endowment, construction or equipment) are outside the guidelines of the Lloyd Lewis Fund for Promising Innovations and will not be considered.
  • Projects must not be connected in any way with a Kendal Affiliate.

Grant Amount and Parameters

Grant funding will not exceed $50,000 and will extend no longer than a two (2) year period. Based on submissions received, several smaller requests may be granted rather than 1 or 2 larger ones.

Grant Selection Process and Notification

Letters of Intent will be accepted between April 8 and May 17, 2019 and will be reviewed by June 21st. Letters of Intent are initially reviewed to determine whether they fall within Kendal Charitable Funds’ grant parameters. Should your letter of intent be accepted, you will be granted access to the application and notified via email to move forward with preparation of a full grant application.

If you are invited to submit an application, your proposal must be completed by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern), August 2. You may include all attachments to complete the process online, submitting only when the application is complete. Your 501(c)(3) or 7871 status will be verified electronically. No DVDs, web links, photos, YouTube, or any other material will be accepted with the application.

Final grant approval will be determined by the board of Kendal Charitable Funds in October 2019. Applicants will be notified via email the week of October 28th. Funding begins in January 2020.

Contact Information and Portal Access

Click here for access to the grant application portal.

Diane Massey, Director of Community Engagement, Kendal Charitable Funds, 1107 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA, 19348; dmassey@kcorp.kendal.org