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The GIA Rural Aging Initative can help funders and others becoming familiar with issues in rural aging by providing actionable ideas and information and connecting them with peer organizations and other potential partners already active in the field. 

New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging is a publication from GIA that provides a broad survey of the challenges rural communities face, particularly as their populations get older; examples of approaches and projects that are working; and insights from experienced funders and nonprofits on the unique possibilities that rural projects offer. You may download it here. 

Aging in Rural America:  Overlooked Needs, Quiet Strength is a presentation focused on the rural aging primer GIA published this spring, New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging. Cindy Padilla, program lead for GIA’s rural aging initiative, presented in a “Hot Topics” session at the conference, alongside Elizabeth Rula, Principal Health Outcomes Research Investigator at Tivity Health in Tennessee, and Lenard Kaye, Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and Professor at the University of Maine School of Social Work in Bangor, ME. You may download it here.


Below you will find links to issue-specific pages with curated resources as well as information on foundations and government agencies that are already supporting rural aging initiatives.

Foundations and others funding in rural aging

Foundations: This page details funders supporting and participating in programs relating to rural aging, and offers examples of existing initiatives and funding opportunities.

Government Agencies: This page discusses the various government agencies that can be strong partners for funders interested in many aspects of rural aging. 

Rural Aging Issues

The pages below provide a quick overview of a wide range of rural aging issues and how to get started funding solutions. 

Books, Research, and News: Where to find current news, academic reports, and trends related to rural America.

Health: Resources to address the closing of rural hospitals and access to healthcare, plus nutrition, mental health, and substance abuse.

Housing: Increasing availability of affordable, accessible housing and supporting aging in place.

Immigrants and Special Populations: Addressing special populations' unique challenges and needs, based on demographics and local economies.

Poverty/Economic Security: Research on demographics and solutions to alleviate poverty and associated problems.

Social Services: Ideas for securing home and community-based services, aging in place, and long-term care, plus services for veterans, especially when traditional services are out of reach.

Technology: Resources to increase connectivity and bridge the information divide.

Transportation: Centers and model programs providing transportation to meet social, medical, and day-to-day needs.


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