Request for Proposals Issued for Senior Center Wellness Program

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Senior Center Wellness Program II.

According to the MDHHS, eligible applicants are multipurpose senior citizen centers located within the state, and a facility qualifies as a senior center by meeting any of the following criteria:

  • A facility acting as a standalone senior center.
  • Any facility with full-time (30+ hours) dedicated senior-specific programming.
  • Any facility designated or certified as a senior center by a national organization.

Private housing facilities with senior activity programs and adult day care centers do not qualify.

The MDHHS states that the focus of the Senior Center Wellness Program is to support health-related senior programs at multipurpose senior citizen centers, and programs funded through the grant will include mental and physical health maintenance and improvement for senior participants.

Proposed work must fall within one of the following programs areas: physical activity, nutrition, chronic illness and self-management, depression, social isolation, fall prevention, caregiver education and burnout prevention, medication management or pandemic/epidemic (COVID-19) education and information.

Applicants may turn in more than one application, but the MDHHS will award no more than $5,000 per applicant for a program area.

According to the MDHHS, they will prioritize applications that exhibit the incorporation of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, which include matching funding, and are from applicants who submit multiple applications requesting funding across multiple program areas.

The award period begins June 1 and ends Sept. 30. The MDHHS expects to award about $60,000 to fund approximately 12 projects.

Grant applications must be turned in electronically through the EGrAMS program by April 11 at 3 p.m.