Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced 48 Senior Community Centers (SCCs) throughout the Commonwealth will be the recipients of the department's 2022-23 Senior Community Center grants – totaling $2 million in funding appropriated by the General Assembly from the Pennsylvania Lottery.
The grants will help senior centers fund projects based on the needs expressed in their applications, such as updating and modernizing facilities, providing new health and entertainment programs, upgrading technology, and enhancing nutrition services.
"Our Senior Community Centers are pillars in our communities and to the older adults they serve. Whether it's a meal, health and wellness activities, or socializing, these centers help our seniors thrive and continue to live independently as they age. Many times, a SCC may be the only interaction that an older adult has, and we want to make sure that our centers are welcoming, inclusive, and inviting," said Secretary of Aging Jason Kavulich. "The projects funded by the Senior Community Center grants will help the recipients enhance the programs and services that are already in place as well as create new opportunities to welcome current visitors and attract new consumers."
This year marks the return of awarding the grants through a competitive process. During the last two years of the pandemic, when many of Pennsylvania's senior community centers were struggling, the competition aspect of the grants was suspended and the $2 million in grant money was distributed equally to help all of the centers in the state.
In March, Governor Josh Shapiro unveiled his first budget proposal, which includes an additional $1 million in Senior Community Center grants that would also create a permanent non-competitive grant program. Since the competitive grants normally fund larger scale projects, the non-competitive program would allow smaller needs to be met and more SCCs to benefit.
"The proposed additional $1 million would allow for two funding tracks, both competitive and non-competitive, which would help us reach those senior centers that traditionally have struggled with hitting the high bar required as a part of the competitive grant cycle," Kavulich added. "Having a non-competitive track would help ensure those senior centers have funds coming into their doors to buy new computers, to get new exercise equipment or just to take care of the little everyday things that wear down over time."
There are 485 Senior Community Centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a variety of offerings, such as nutritious meals, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, and exercise programs. Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery help to fund these programs every year.
For more information on other services and programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians, visit the Department of Aging's website.
Below is the list of Senior Community Center awardees and grant amounts:
|Senior Center Name ||County||Amount||Project Type|
|Littlestown Senior Center||Adams||$5,000||Programs & Services|
|Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center|
|$84,421||Programs & Services|
|Mount Washington Healthy Active Living Community Center|
|$50,000||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Vintage, Inc. ||Allegheny||$99,898||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|West End Healthy Active Living Community Center|
|Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Center at the Mall||Beaver||$71,910||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Central Blair Senior Center||Blair||$8,800||Technology|
|Driftwood Senior Center||Cameron||$9,480||Nutrition Services|
|Emporium Senior Center||Cameron||$24,765||Nutrition Services |
|Centre Region Active Adult Center||Centre||$11,654||Programs & Services |
|Center for Healthy Living||Chester||$19,941||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Oxford Area Senior Center||Chester||$14,330||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Phoenixville Area Senior Center||Chester||$54,676||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Big Spring Senior Center||Cumberland||$9,550||Programs & Services |
|Surrey Media||Delaware||$13,355||Programs & Services |
|Uniontown Adult Recreation Center||Fayette||$77,102||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Connellsville Senior Center ||Fayette||$9,700||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Masontown Senior Center||Fayette||$150,000||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Greencastle Senior Center||Franklin||$35,000||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Chestnut Hills Social Center||Indiana||$10,300||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Heritage House||Jefferson||$29,800||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania||Lackawanna||$113,400||Programs & Services|
|Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center||Lancaster||$26,374||Programs & Services|
|Kingston Active Adult Center||Luzerne||$129,513||Programs & Services|
|Lewistown Senior Center||Mifflin||$20,300||Programs & Services|
|Generations of Indian Valley||Montgomery||$135,750||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Silver Connection @ Easton Area Community Center||Northampton||$70,938||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Nazareth Senior Center||Northampton||$119,250||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Central Perry Community Senior Citizen's Center, Inc. ||Perry||$15,771||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Mann Older Adult Center||Philadelphia||$7,000||Programs & Services|
|Martin Luther King Older Adult Center||Philadelphia||$5,000||Programs & Services|
|Southwest Senior Center ||Philadelphia||$44,116||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|St. Edmond Senior Community Center||Philadelphia||$36,274||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Star Harbor Senior Center||Philadelphia||$8,200||Nutrition Services|
|West Philadelphia Senior Community Center||Philadelphia||$9,792||Programs & Services|
|Eastern Pike Community Center for Active Living||Pike|
|Programs & Services|
|Penns Creek Adult Resource Center||Snyder||$137,122||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Allegheny Community Center||Warren||$6,900||Programs & Services|
|Canonsburg Senior Center||Washington||$28,892||Capital Improvements & Renovations|
|Robert J. Drake Senior Community Center||Wayne||$20,183||Programs & Services|
|New Florence Center for Active Adults||Westmoreland||$28,680||Programs & Services|
|New Kensington Center for Active Adults||Westmoreland||$19,336||Technology|
|West Newtown Center for Active Adults||Westmoreland||$50,000||Programs & Services|
|Crispus Attucks Association||York||$9,380||Nutrition Services|
|Heritage Senior Center, Inc.||York||$7,090||Technology|
|Red Land Senior Center||York||$9,029||Programs & Services|
|South Central York County Senior Center||York||$15,310||Programs & Services|
|White Rose Senior Center||York||$15,723||Programs & Services|
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