Pennsylvania Awards $3 Million in 2023-24 Senior Community Center Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced 45 Senior Community Centers (SCCs) from 26 counties across the Commonwealth will receive one of the Department’s 2023-24 competitive grants totaling $2 million, ensuring older adults are supported in familiar, local places with services to stay healthy and connected to their communities.

The grant funding is appropriated by the General Assembly with proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. 

“Our Senior Community Centers are a cornerstone in our communities and to the older adults they serve. A SCC may provide the only interaction that an older adult has some days, and we want to make sure that our centers are welcoming, inclusive, and assets to the local area. The projects funded by both the competitive and non-competitive grants will help the recipients enhance the programs and services already in place as well as create new opportunities to welcome current visitors and attract new consumers,”said Secretary of Aging Jason Kavulich.

Since the competitive grants normally fund larger scale projects, the non-competitive grants will allow smaller needs to be met and more SCCs to benefit from the funding. A total of 392 SCCs were granted a non-competitive award of $2,551 per center. 

Both the competitive and non-competitive grants will help SCCs fund projects based on their needs and the needs expressed by the older adults who attend them. This year, a total of 437 SCCs received competitive or non-competitive grant funds. 

There are 484 Area Agency on Aging-affiliated Senior Community Centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a variety of offerings, such as nutritious meals, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, and exercise programs. 

For more information on other services and programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians, visit the Department of Aging’s website