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Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent

7/1/2016 9:00am

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2017 Kent County Senior Millage funds.  Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2016. Click here to access the Letter of Intent form.

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to proposal@aaawm.org.  Questions will not be answered outside this meeting; however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared.  Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).

Agencies will be notified by August 15, 2016 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 12, 2016.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 10, 11 and 12, 2016.  Please save those dates to ensure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.

Continuation Funding Forms

Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms August 15, 2016.  You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities.  To learn more Click here and look under Resources.

Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your Contract Coordinator or Anne Ellermets at 616.222.7014 or Anne@aaawm.org.

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Older Americans Act Proposal Process Begins March 24, 2016

3/16/2016 12:05pm

The next open Older Americans Act (OAA) proposal process begins with the release of the FY 2017-2019 OAA proposal on March 24, 2016.  Any agency interested in submitting a proposal for funding can contact Anne Ellermets, Director of Contract Services & Program Development at anne@aaawm.org before March 24, 2016.  Any agency interested in being placed on the proposer list can send their information to aaainfo@aaawm.org.

The OAA runs on a three year funding cycle. Every three years an open proposal process for OAA funding provides any incorporated entity the opportunity to submit a proposal to provide one or more of the defined fundable services.  If an agency is selected, their contract will remain in effect for 3 years though funding can vary from year to year. 

For more information on the funding process, visit providers/older_americans_act_providers

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Kent County Senior Millage Proposals Presentations

10/15/2015 8:11am

The Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) heard funding requests this week from all agencies requesting 2016 Kent County Senior Millage funding. Agencies presented Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the committee will make their funding recommendations at the end of the week. These recommendations will then be presented to the Area Agency on Aging Executive Committee and the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

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Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent

7/1/2015 11:40am

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2016 Kent County Senior Millage funds.  Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015. Click here to access the Letter of Intent form.

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to proposal@aaawm.org.  Questions will not be answered outside this meeting; however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared.  Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).

Agencies will be notified by August 14, 2015 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 14, 2015.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 12, 13, or 14, 2015.  Please save those dates to ensure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.

 

Continuation Funding Forms

Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms August 14, 2015.  You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities.  To learn more Click here and look under Resources.

Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your Contract Coordinator or Anne Ellermets at 616.222.7014 or Anne@aaawm.org.

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Providers Present Funding Requests

6/11/2015 9:58am

Older Americans Act providers are presenting their funding requests to the Proposal Review Committee Wednesday, June 10  and Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Proposal Review Committee (PRC)  will disperse more than $5 million in funding for FY 2016 (which starts October 1, 2015) throughout our nine county region. Providers meet with the PRC to present their funding requests, give additional details about services provided, and demonstrate the impact they are having in our community. The PRC is made up older adults from our Board of Directors and Advisory Council, representing all nine counties. These dedicated volunteers spend hours reviewing proposals from 28 organizations. Thank you both PRC members and providers for helping make our community a better place for seniors.

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#1 connie mothersell said:

my sister is 67 years old is some what self suffinent . but still needs superivison. to help with meals and showers, not able to read Iam looking for a group home for her around this area kent county. having difficult finding one dont know how togo about finding one.

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Senior Millage Letter of Intent and Continuation of Funding Forms

7/1/2014 9:15am

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2015 Kent County Senior Millage funds from new agencies or those adding a new service. Current service providers will recieve Continuation of Funding forms on Agusut 15, 2014. More information on each funding process is listed below:

Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent:

Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. Click here for the Letter of Intent. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the AAAWM office building at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to proposal@aaawm.org.  Questions will not be answered outside this meeting, however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared on the website or to provided emails.  Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).

Agencies will be notified by August 15, 2014 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 15, 2014.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 13, 14, or 15, 2014.  Please save those dates to insure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.
 

Kent County Senior Millage Continuation Funding Forms:

Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms on August 15, 2014.  Current service providers will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.

The 2015 funding level is expected to be at $9.5 million.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities.  To learn more go to the Resource section at providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers.

Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.

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AAAWM Using Reserves for Services

8/5/2013 11:00am

During this time of budget cuts from both the federal and state funding, AAAWM is using reserves to maintain current service levels.

“AAAWM has a history of being fiscally responsible and that has included reserves to help weather unforeseen expenses,” says Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director. “Agency leadership and our Board of Directors

feel strongly that we are in the position to use some of these reserves to help offset cuts to the Older Americans Act programs.”

 

In 2013, $147,700 will be used.

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Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent

6/27/2013 9:20am

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2014 Kent County Senior Millage funds.  Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013.Click here to access the Letter of Intent.

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room C at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to proposal@aaawm.org.  Questions will not be answered outside this meeting, however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared on the website or to provided emails.  Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).

Agencies will be notified by August 9, 2013 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 9, 2013.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 7, 8, or 9, 2013.  Please save those dates to insure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.

Continuation Funding Forms

Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms in early August.  You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.

The 2014 funding level is expected to remain unchanged from the $6.08 million allocated in 2013.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities.  To learn more go to providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers  and look under Resources.

 

Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.

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From the Executive Director

9/26/2012 11:25am

In the world of politics the focus these days is on the upcoming elections. However, after November 6 attention will shift to the Budget Control Act of 2011 and sequestration of all discretionary federal funding. Older Americans Act funding, the primary funding source for area agencies on aging, will be impacted by the sequestration.

In 2011, Congress and President Obama agreed to the Budget Control Act to address the growing federal budget deficit. Under terms of the agreement, Republicans and Democrats must identify $1.2 trillion in budget savings and/or revenue increases over the next ten years to reduce the federal deficit. Both parties must come to an agreement by the end of this calendar year.

If no agreement is reached, then all discretionary federal funding will be sequestered. That means an 8.4% across-the-board cut in defense and non-defense discretionary spending. Older Americans Act funding will be among the many, many programs to be reduced. Between $4-5 million in annual Older Americans Act funding will be lost to Michigan. The AAAWM region would lose about $350,000 which currently provides congregate meals, home delivered meals, and in-home services. In Michigan, the cuts will deny 6,000 seniors nutritional meals, including 2,500 frail homebound seniors getting meals-on-wheels.

An 8.4% funding cut will make it harder for low income older adults to stay in their own home and out of a more expensive nursing home. In the long run, taxpayers will have to pay more as an increasing number of individuals qualify for Medicaid.

This all comes at a time when senior millage funding across Michigan is declining due to decreasing property values. And the number of older adults in need of in-home assistance is growing. The number of older adults in Michigan grew by more than 20% over the past ten years. That trend will accelerate over the next ten years. Consequently, demand for services and waiting lists will continue to increase.

Please contact U. S. Senator Levin, Senator Stabenow, and your U.S Congressman by phone, fax, or email urging them to find common ground and to reach a budget deficit agreement before the end of the year. Tell them how the sequester will devastate Older Americans Act programs and the negative impact on the health and independence of older Michiganians.

 

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#1 Sandra said:

How about an update from September so this doesn't read like old news?

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Senior Advocacy in Action Alert

9/20/2012 11:00am

An 8.4% cut across all federal non-entitlement programs will go into effect January 2, 2013. The cuts are automatically triggered by the 2011 Budget Control Act, resulting from  the bipartisan “Super Committee’s” inability to come to an agreement on $1.2 trillion in budget cuts. Unless Congress acts, these cuts will affect every federal program, from the military to public health and social services. Please see the information below and make calls, emails, faxes, and tweets to express your concern.

Background:

Unless Congress reverses an 8.4% across-the-board cut approved last year, all discretionary federally-funded aging network programs will lose funding beginning January 2, 2013.  The official name for this cut is “sequestration,” and it was a provision of the Budget Control Act that was passed to address the growing federal budget deficit.

Between $4-5 million in annual funding will be lost to Michigan just from the federal Older Americans Act, which provides congregate and home-delivered meals, in-home services, senior employment and other services.  Other discretionary federal programs would also be hit, including energy assistance, senior volunteer programs, and the Community Services Block Grant, which supports Community Action Agencies and helps low-income families.  A report released by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) states that the sequester would eliminate 17 million meals for needy seniors nationwide.  The sequester is taking place because a bipartisan committee failed to come up with an agreement on how to save $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years.

What You Can Do:

Contact your U.S. Representative and Michigan’s two U.S. Senators to express your concern about the impact of “Sequestration Cuts” on low-income seniors.  Find your U.S. Representative by going to www.house.gov and typing your zip code in the box at the top labeled “Find Your Representative.” You can also send a message directly through the website.  If you don’t have the Internet, call your local library for information.

Michigan’s U.S. Senators
  • Senator Carl Levin  Ph (202) 224-6221                                F (202) 224-1388   www.levin.senate.gov
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow Ph (202) 224-4822                      F (202) 228-0325 www.stabenow.senate.gov

NOTE:  Deliver messages by phone, fax or email.  Do not send a letter as mail addressed to federal officials is screened for toxins and can be delayed in the process.

Talking Points:

  • When the sequester cuts take place, Michigan will lose $4-5 million in federal monies for home and community-based services for seniors through the Older Americans Act.
  • The cuts will deny 6,000+ seniors nutritional meals, including 2,500 frail homebound seniors getting meals-on-wheels.  Evidence shows that poor nutrition can lead to weight loss, health problems, falls, and increased difficulty with activities of daily living.

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#1 Cheryl DeYoung said:

As a new senior citizen I am very concerned what will happen with both my husband and myself when our retirement savings is gone. I hope the government will find ways to help us more. We worked hard all our lives and now we face devestation because our cost of living is too high compared to our Social Security and our Medicare costs.

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