Promising Innovations Grant

Kendal Charitable Funds

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Next predicted deadline: May 18, 2021 8:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines: Aug 2, 2021 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $50,000

Fields of work: Senior Services Aging/Gerontology

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Promising Innovations

In 2007, the Kendal Charitable Funds board approved the creation of the Lloyd Lewis Fund to support advances in serving older adults through the Promising Innovations campaign. The fund and campaign were made possible by a gift of $250,000 from the Janet Comey Foundation, a private foundation established through the estate of former Kendal at Longwood resident Janet Comey. Since then, the Promising Innovations campaign has raised over $500,000 in matching gifts, more than tripling the size of the Lloyd Lewis Fund.

The Promising Innovations Selection Committee identifies a topic to carry on the legacy in support of innovative solutions that positively impact the lives of elders in our society

Promising Innovations Grant-Seeker 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.

The 2019 grant program will focus on the following topic:

  • With 90% of individuals over age 65 saying they want to live at home, successful and replicable aging in place models continue to challenge aging services. 

We seek proposals from existing non-profit consortiums, working to address the needs of individuals 60 or older, aging in place in an urban setting, who are living at or below the federal poverty line (FPL).


  • 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).
  • 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.

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.


This page was last reviewed July 28, 2020 and last updated May 13, 2020