The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging awards grants and contracts to agencies for services that enrich the lives of older adults and their family caregivers.
As a state-designated Area Agency on Aging serving Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties, the AAAA is responsible for the development of a coordinated and comprehensive system of services for older adults and their family caregivers.
To help accomplish this goal, the AAAA awards Older American Act funding (authorized under Title III of the Act) to agencies and organizations that provide direct services for older people (age 60 +) and their family and friend caregivers.
About the Older Americans Act
The Older Americans Act (OAA) was signed into law on July 14, 1965. The original Act created the Administration on Aging and authorized grants to states for community planning, services, research, and demonstration and training projects in the field of aging.
Later amendments provided grants to area agencies on aging to identify local needs and for planning and funding of services. Services funded are to (1) help older persons secure and maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment, (2) remove barriers to independence for older persons, and (3) provide a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly.
The Act was reauthorized and amended in 2000, at which time the National Family Caregiver Support Program was established to support family, friends and neighbors caring for older person as well as for grandparents and other older relatives caring for children.
Who is eligible for funding and how is the funding used?
Through a competitive process, the AAAA awards nearly $2 million in federal and state funds annually. Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit organizations and units of government interested in developing, continuing or expanding services for older adults and family caregivers. For-profit organizations are granted funds only after dispensation of a waiver from the Minnesota Board on Aging.