The National Council on Aging’s Center for Benefits Access

Released October 27, 2014

Funding Opportunity Title: Benefits Enrollment Center Grants

Grant Interest Area: All eligible agencies are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in geographic areas without a current Benefit Enrollment Center and with a large number of Medicare beneficiaries with incomes under 150% of the Federal poverty level. Please use this map to identify those areas

Key Dates: Optional Letter of Intent due November 21, 2014 at 5pm ET

Application submission due December 12, 2014 at 5pm ET  

Funding Opportunity Description


The Center for Benefits Access (the Center) at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will provide up to 10 grants for a 15-month period to selected organizations for the implementation of Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries—both seniors aged 65+ years and adults living with disabilities, aged 21-64, who have limited income and resources—into available benefits, with the primary focus being on the following benefits programs:

 Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS)

 Medicare Savings Programs (MSP)

 Medicaid

 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)

 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)


Applicants also have the option of including other benefits in their proposal, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP), state property tax relief, pharmaceutical assistance programs, state tax credits, and other programs.

Organizations eligible to apply for BEC grants include state or community-based nonprofit organizations, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and coalitions addressing the needs of older adults and younger adults with disabilities. Organizations that have been funded in the past as BECs are not eligible for this award.

Up to 10 grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded to selected organizations. Organizations must be able to provide application assistance to 1,100 individuals for all core benefits for which they are eligible during the 15-month period. Applicants are required to match 15% of their funding under this grant through a cash or in-kind match.

An optional informational webinar for interested parties is scheduled for November 17, 2014. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a simple notice of intent by November 21, 2014. A link to complete the application will be sent to those who submit notice. Others will need to email NCOA at to receive the application link. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. EST on December 12, 2014.

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