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May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust



With its grantmaking in the Elders program area, the Trust aims to foster a society where older adults are visible and valued, and receive the support they need to lead a dignified and engaged life.

Families, caregivers, and communities are included in the Trust’s grantmaking to support older adults, as part of a holistic approach to enrich the quality of life, promote self-sufficiency, and assist individuals in achieving their highest potential.



The focus population for this program area includes adults 60 years of age and older. Caregivers are also a key population to be supported through the Elders program area, including family members, volunteers, and paid professionals. The Trust approaches its work with an appreciation for older adults as significant assets to society, whose experience, contributions, and community participation are resources with the potential to benefit people of all ages.

The majority of the Trust’s Elders grantmaking will be devoted to direct services for individuals, families, and communities, but a small number of grants may advance the work of organizations engaged in research and communication initiatives that raise awareness about the issues facing older adults and encourage the implementation of policies and practices that effectively address these issues.

Goals & Strategy

The Trust’s grantmaking addresses four broad goals, which collectively support older adults to connect with the community and receive the supportive services necessary to enhance quality of life.

GOAL 1: Foster community engagement among adults age 60+.

Strategies include:

Grantmaking strategies include supporting programs that:

  • Ensure adults age 60+ have access to high quality lifelong learning programs
  • Offer paid and unpaid opportunities for older adults to contribute to the community
  • Foster intergenerational connections so that younger and older people can learn from and benefit one another
  • Promote the perception of older adults as valuable contributors to the community, rather than societal burdens

Examples of types of activities to be supported:

  • Volunteer programs and service projects with a distinct intergenerational component
  • Professional employment training and skill-refresher programs
  • Educational and cultural enrichment programs that support personal, intellectual, and creative growth

GOAL 2: Assist older adults to age in place.

Grantmaking strategies include awarding grants to programs that:

  • Meet basic needs such as food, housing, transportation, legal services, and care management
  • Help older adults remain physically and mentally active
  • Create community and increase social connections
  • Empower older adults and ensure they are visible and valued in society, and enjoy reciprocal relationships with peers, neighbors, and community members of all ages

Examples of types of activities to be supported:

  • Volunteer programs, including visitation and/or assistance with shopping, transportation, and home-upkeep
  • Care in day programs
  • Programs to assist older adults with lower and middle incomes gain access to quality housing, care management, and assistance with other basic living needs

GOAL 3:  Support family and professional caregivers to provide quality care for elders

Grantmaking strategies include supporting programs that:

  • Assist family and professional caregivers through education and training
  • Provide accessible and affordable respite opportunities for family caregivers
  • Address the practical and emotional needs of elders, families, and caregivers at the end of life
  • Advocate for programs and policies that support all caregivers

Examples of types of activities to be supported:

  • Supportive services for caregivers, including counseling and respite opportunities
  • Effective community-based hospice programs
  • Opportunities for volunteers to support elders at the end of life, and their families and caregivers

GOAL 4:  Improve the quality of life and care for elders in residential long-term care (LTC) settings

Grantmaking strategies include supporting programs that:

  • Engage residents, family members, and staff in creating a sense of community
  • Help LTC communities change culture away from a medical model and toward principles of person-centered care
  • Give professional caregivers opportunities to enhance skills and leadership, promoting job retention and advancement
  • Offer diverse social and cultural activities to meet the needs of residents
  • Connect LTC communities with broader local communities
  • Advocate for improvements in the long-term care system

Examples of types of activities to be supported:

  • Professional development, training, and oversight programs that encourage excellence in long-term care facilities
  • Creative arts and educational programs that actively engage older adults
  • Excursions and other social events that integrate long-term care facilities into the broader community

Competitive Characteristics

Successful applicant organizations:

  • Specifically address one or more of the goals indicated on the Goals & Strategy tab
  • Value collaboration and actively partner with peer organizations to address unmet needs
  • Incorporate best practices from the field, including use of evidence-based programs and curricula
  • Empower older adults and develop their capacity for leadership and self-advocacy
  • Involve older adults in program planning, service delivery, and organizational leadership
  • Emphasize individuals’ strengths and assets

Due to the large number of applicants seeking grants to support older adults to maximize independence and safely age-in-place, (meal programs and senior centers, in particular), the application process in the Age-in-Place goal area is particularly competitive. In addition to the above competitive characteristics, the most competitive applicants in the Age-in-Place goal area will clearly demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Innovation in program design/delivery
  • Location in a geographically rural or isolated area
  • Potential for scale

Competitive applicants must also meet the criteria outlined in the Alignment and Eligibility sections of the website.

The Trust does not consider requests from the following:

  • Organizations lacking a track record of achieving results toward at least one of the Trust’s four goals
  • Nonprofit social service providers who serve older adults as part of their general client population, but have not specifically adapted or do not plan to adapt, their outreach or services to ensure they are senior-friendly and accessible to older adults and their caregivers.

Recent Grants

Grantee Profile

Friendship Adult Day Care Center (FC)

Founded in 1976, FC works to preserve and enrich the quality of life for elders with dementia and dependent adults through stimulating programs that value the dignity and worth of every person. FC offers adult day services for people with dementia, stroke survivors and other isolated, disabled and dependent adults at two locations. The agency also provides caregiver respite, support, and education to enable families to continue to be engaged in their community, careers, and other family commitments. The Trust awarded FC a one-year grant of $25,000 in 2013.
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Grantee Profile


Founded in 1985, Eldergivers celebrates the wisdom, talents and creativity of older adults and fosters positive connections between elders in long-term care and the wider community through its Arts With Elders (AWE) program. AWE is a fine arts education initiative that offers 1,500 art classes in long-term care facilities each year, which include skilled nursing, assisted living, residential care, and other congregate living sites, and curates ongoing public exhibitions of the artwork created in these classes. The Trust awarded Eldergivers a one-year general operating support grant of $10,000 in 2013.
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