WEST CHESTER (October 1, 2019) – Senior centers throughout Chester County can now apply for up to $150,000 in state funding for new programs, services, equipment, supplies, and renovations or repairs, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

More than $2 million in total funding is available through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-2020 Senior Community Center (SCC) grants.

Applications are being accepted now until November 15 at 5 p.m.

Funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, the Senior Community Center (SCC) grants are designed to increase participation and programming, attract a new generation of older adults to Pennsylvania’s more than 500 senior community centers, and help ensure that the centers provide a safe and healthy environment for seniors.

“For many, Chester County’s senior centers offer a connection to the community, as well as nutritious meals, social and recreational activities, educational opportunities, exercise programs, financial counseling, vital transportation services, and more,” Dinniman said. “These grant funds can go a long way in ensuring that our senior population has access to the modern and up-to-date facilities and programs that they deserve.”

Last year, the Kennett Area Senior Center and Surrey Services for Seniors in Devon received more than $57,000 in total funding.

Interested applicants can participate in an informational webinar detailing the grant application process and requirements on October 19, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. For a link to the webinar and more information, including submission instructions, visit: https://www.aging.pa.gov/SeniorCommunityCenterGrants/Pages/SeniorCommunityCenterGrants.aspx.

The minimum grant award amount is $5,000. There is a limit of one application per senior center. Incomplete, late or improperly formatted application submissions will not be accepted.

Grant applications must be submitted in their entirety, in one email to SCCgrants@pa.gov. For questions, please email SCCgrants@pa.gov, or call the Senior Center Grant Program Administrator at 717-772-2551.

Since the very first ticket was sold in 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery has generated more than $29 billion for programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians.