Federal grants are available for financing the construction and renovation of adult day care facilities in urban and rural areas. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds the Community Development Block Grant program. These grants fund the construction and rehabilitation of adult day care and other health care and community facilities in cities and counties with more than 50,000 and 200,000 residents, respectively. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, sponsors the Community Facilities Grant Program. Grants are awarded to counties, towns and districts with less than 20,000 residents to build senior day care centers and equipment necessary to run the operations.
Food Services Grants
Senior day care operators can apply for grants to help with providing healthy meals. The Special Programs for the Aging, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services awards grants covering the expenses of purchasing and providing nutritious meals to the elderly in day care and other congregate settings. The USDA also sponsors a grant program called the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which provides healthy meals and snacks to adults while they’re in day care.
National and regional grants are also available from nonprofit organizations to start senior day care center businesses. The Kresge Foundation awards grants over $300,000 on for major capital projects such as facility construction and renovation and equipment purchases. These are challenge grants, which means applicants are required to raise capital from other sources to match the foundation. In North Carolina, the The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust organization provides grants funding capital projects and equipment purchases for non-profit senior day care centers in rural areas throughout the state.
Health Equipment Grants
Grants from regional and national programs are available to owners of senior day care centers for the purchasing of medical equipment for their facilities. For example, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation awards grants to senior day care centers and other health care-related facilities in Utah to purchase equipment for their operations. The National Emergency Medical Association awards grants on a national scale for the purchase of health care equipment.