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Department of Aging Awards $2 Million in 2022-23 Senior Community Center Grants


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 CountyAmountProject Type
Littlestown Senior CenterAdams$5,000Programs & Services
Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center



$84,421Programs & Services
Mount Washington Healthy Active Living Community Center



$50,000Capital Improvements & Renovations
Vintage, Inc. Allegheny$99,898Capital Improvements & Renovations
West End Healthy Active Living Community Center





Capital Improvements & Renovations
Center at the MallBeaver$71,910Capital Improvements & Renovations
Central Blair Senior CenterBlair$8,800Technology
Driftwood Senior CenterCameron$9,480Nutrition Services
Emporium Senior CenterCameron$24,765Nutrition Services
Centre Region Active Adult CenterCentre$11,654Programs & Services
Center for Healthy LivingChester$19,941Capital Improvements & Renovations
Oxford Area Senior CenterChester$14,330Capital Improvements & Renovations
Phoenixville Area Senior CenterChester$54,676Capital Improvements & Renovations
Big Spring Senior CenterCumberland$9,550Programs & Services
Surrey MediaDelaware$13,355Programs & Services
Uniontown Adult Recreation CenterFayette$77,102Capital Improvements & Renovations
Connellsville Senior Center Fayette$9,700Capital Improvements & Renovations
Masontown Senior CenterFayette$150,000Capital Improvements & Renovations
Greencastle Senior CenterFranklin$35,000Capital Improvements & Renovations
Chestnut Hills Social CenterIndiana$10,300Capital Improvements & Renovations
Heritage HouseJefferson$29,800Capital Improvements & Renovations
United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern PennsylvaniaLackawanna$113,400Programs & Services
Luis Munoz Marin Senior CenterLancaster$26,374Programs & Services
Kingston Active Adult CenterLuzerne$129,513Programs & Services
Lewistown Senior CenterMifflin$20,300Programs & Services
Generations of Indian ValleyMontgomery$135,750Capital Improvements & Renovations
Silver Connection @ Easton Area Community CenterNorthampton$70,938Capital Improvements & Renovations
Nazareth Senior CenterNorthampton$119,250Capital Improvements & Renovations
Central Perry Community Senior Citizen's Center, Inc. Perry$15,771Capital Improvements & Renovations
Mann Older Adult CenterPhiladelphia$7,000Programs & Services
Martin Luther King Older Adult CenterPhiladelphia$5,000Programs & Services
Southwest Senior Center Philadelphia$44,116Capital Improvements & Renovations
St. Edmond Senior Community CenterPhiladelphia$36,274Capital Improvements & Renovations
Star Harbor Senior CenterPhiladelphia$8,200Nutrition Services
West Philadelphia Senior Community CenterPhiladelphia$9,792Programs & Services
Eastern Pike Community Center for Active LivingPike



Programs & Services
Penns Creek Adult Resource CenterSnyder$137,122Capital Improvements & Renovations
Allegheny Community CenterWarren$6,900Programs & Services
Canonsburg Senior CenterWashington$28,892Capital Improvements & Renovations
Robert J. Drake Senior Community CenterWayne$20,183Programs & Services
New Florence Center for Active AdultsWestmoreland$28,680Programs & Services
New Kensington Center for Active AdultsWestmoreland$19,336Technology
West Newtown Center for Active AdultsWestmoreland$50,000Programs & Services
Crispus Attucks AssociationYork$9,380Nutrition Services
Heritage Senior Center, Inc.York$7,090Technology
Red Land Senior CenterYork$9,029Programs & Services
South Central York County Senior CenterYork$15,310Programs & Services
White Rose Senior CenterYork$15,723Programs & Services

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