Special Programs for the Aging_Title III, Part B_Grants for Supportive Services and Senior Centers

To encourage State Agencies on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging to concentrate resources to develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated community-based systems of service for older individuals via Statewide planning, and area planning and provision of supportive services, including multipurpose
senior centers.

The objective of these services and centers is to maximize the informal support provided to older Americans to enable them to remain in their homes and communities.

Providing transportation services, in-home services, and caregiver support services, this program insures that elders receive the services they need to remain independent.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog.)
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2006, 56 grants were awarded to States and U.S. Territories. In fiscal years 2007 and 2008, 56 grants to States and U.S. Territories awards are anticipated.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are awarded to States to develop and strengthen comprehensive and coordinated service delivery systems through designated State Agencies on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.

A State plan covering 2, 3, or 4 years, with annual amendments as necessary, must be submitted for approval to the Assistant Secretary for Aging.

Area Plans also cover 2, 3, or 4 years, and are to be submitted to State agencies for approval.

These funds are distributed by intrastate funding formulas to area agencies in States with planning and service areas and directly to service providers in the 13 States designated as single-planning-and-service-area States.

In addition to supportive nutrition services, these funds may be used to support other services including the renovation, acquisition and alteration, and construction of multipurpose senior centers.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only State and U.S.

Territories which have State Agencies on Aging designated by the Governors are eligible to receive these grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals age 60 and over, targeting those older individuals with the greatest economic needs, the greatest social needs, and those residing in rural areas.


Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is subject only to the State Plan Consolidation Section of E.O.


State plans are covered under this Section, but intergovernmental consultation review is excluded.

Application Procedures

Consult the appropriate Regional Office for State application instructions. Also, see 45 CFR 1321.

Award Procedures

The Administration on Aging awards funds through a statutory formula to State Agencies on Aging. State agencies approve and award funds to substate level organizations, which they have designated.


Funds are awarded to State Agencies on Aging based on the Federal fiscal year.


Older Americans Act of 1965, Title III, Parts A and B, Public Law 89-73, as amended; Public Law 90-42, 81 Stat. 106; Public Law 91-69, 83 Stat. 108; Public Law 93-29, 89 Stat. 301; Public Law 93-351, 88 Stat. 357; Public Law 94-135, 89 Stat 713; Public Law 95- 65, 91 Stat. 269; Public Law 95-478, 92 Stat. 1513; Public Law 97-115, 95 Stat. 1595; Public Law 98-459, 98 Stat. 1767; Public Law 100-175; Section 705, Public Law 100-628; 42 U.S.C. 3022-3030d; Public Law 106-501.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

States are entitled to these grants by statute.


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR 1321 and Section 2112 of Title 28, U.S.C.


State Plans are submitted for a 2-, 3-, or 4-year period with annual revisions as necessary.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula Grants are 85 percent Federal and 15 percent nonfederal funds. This program has maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements. See funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One year.

Post Assistance Requirements


SF 269 Financial Status Report (semi-annually) and the Annual Program Performance Report.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.


Records must be kept available for 3 years after submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $350,595,000; FY 08 est $350,595,000; and FY 09 est $350,595,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$218,293 to $34,578,882; $6,236,931.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 92 and 45 CFR 1321.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.)

Headquarters Office

Bob Hornyak, Office for Community-Based Services, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20001; Telephone: (202) 357-0150; E-mail: Robert.Hornyak@aoa.hhs.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Noncompetitive. State grants awarded based on approval of State Plan, and intrastate funding formula for States with area agencies.

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