State Sen. Ken Yager

State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) recently urged senior citizen centers in Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Pickett and Scott counties in Senate District 12 to immediately apply for grant funding available through the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability [TCAD].

The Tennessee General Assembly allocated $400,000 for senior centers across the state in the 2021-2022 state budget. The funds will be distributed by TCAD through a competitive grant process, awarding $5,000 to 80 senior centers on a first-come, first-served basis.

“I want all of our local senior citizens centers to be aware of these grants which were appropriated in the state budget for this fiscal year,” said Sen. Yager, who supported the appropriation. “Our senior citizen centers are a tremendous asset to our communities. This funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so time is of the essence. It is also prioritized for counties which fall within the three categories that indicate greatest need which covers our district. I hope to see many of our centers receive this funding and urge them to immediately complete their grant applications and return them to TCAD.”

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2021 and can be submitted online here.

“Senior centers are paramount to the quality of life and independence of our aging Tennesseans,” said TCAD Executive Director, James Dunn. “This year our senior center grants will go through a competitive process ensuring these dollars impact each area of the state – rural and urban. These centers leverage their programs largely through funding from the Commission, and I appreciate both Governor Bill Lee and the members of our General Assembly for continuing to recognize the needs of the aging population across our communities.”

As part of the state’s FY2021 budget, the Tennessee General Assembly allocated $400,000 for senior centers across the state. The funds will be distributed through a competitive grant process, awarding $5,000 to 80 senior centers on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the competitive grant process, TCAD gives priority to centers from economically distressed, at-risk, and transitional counties as published by the Department of Economic and Community Development (TDEC).

TCAD will host an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at 10 a.m. to provide an overview of the process and answer any questions.

For more information or questions on the application process, please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or Sidney.Schuttrow@tn.gov.