For Immediate Release

July 14, 2021 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation announced today that $200,000 in grants are available to support local efforts focused on supporting quality of life for older San Diegans.

The Age-Friendly Communities grant is open to San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to further assist older San Diegans in low-income and underserved communities throughout the San Diego region. Eligible organizations may request a maximum of $30,000 per proposal to advance and sustain older adult-serving initiatives to address health and socioeconomic disparities, including access to safe transportation options, supportive housing services and affordable healthcare.

The grant application window opens July 12, 2021, and ends at 5 p.m. PST, August 13, 2021.

“We are inspired by community partners who are supporting equity in aging,” said Katie Rast, Director, Community Impact, of The San Diego Foundation. “By advancing efforts to ensure our region is a place where all older adults thrive, we are collectively supporting a vision of a safe and healthy community for all San Diegans.”

According to the California Department of Aging’s Master Plan for Aging, many older adults are economically insecure, struggling to afford costs associated with housing, heath and care. These challenges disproportionately impact low-income communities. As nearly one-third of older Californians are considered poor or near poor, services that support older adults are critical.

The 2021 Age-Friendly Grant will support efforts that prioritize equity while addressing needs related to:

  • Healthy aging
  • Housing
  • Transportation

If applicable, projects are encouraged to demonstrate alignment with existing Age-Friendly municipal action plans. To apply for the AFC grant, visit

About the Age Friendly Communities Program

In partnership with Del Mar Healthcare Inc., The San Diego Foundation launched the Age-Friendly Communities Program in 2015 to address the region’s shifting demography and create more livable environments for people of all ages. The AFC program works directly with stakeholders and local governments to promote programs and systems-level changes that create more livable environments for people of all ages. To learn more, visit