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ElderCare Trust Fund

South Carolina is getting older. It's up to us to help take care of our seniors.    

Older adults prefer to remain in their homes and communities, but it becomes more difficult with age.  There are more than 500,000 South Carolinians age 65 and older. It is estimated that 42% have at least one disability.  We also know that older adults with a disability are more like to live below the poverty line than those without a disability.

The ElderCare Trust Fund was established to support innovative programs, services and pilot projects around the state that help older adults remain in their homes and communities, avoiding institutional care for as long as possible.  These grants promote independence and dignity of older persons in our state. 

All contributions to the Fund are distributed as grants to not-for-profit organizations.  Since 1995, over $400,000 in contributions has been awarded to more than 30 not-for-profit organizations across the state. 

The Fund is administered by the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging and is guided by the ElderCare Trust Fund Board, which is made up of citizen leaders from across the state.

Community Projects Funded by the Eldercare Trust Fund
  • Shop N' Cart – Grantee: Senior Centers of Spartanburg County
    Provide a quality affordable grocery shopping and delivery service for aging and disabled adults in Spartanburg county.  Paid staff, supported by volunteers, will use existing vans to shop and deliver groceries to 25 customers per week. Customers will pay for their own groceries and have only a minimal shopping fee. Corporate contributions and fund raising will allow the service to be self-sustaining.
  • The NOAH Project, Grantee: The ARK of Summerville
    Expand Alzheimer's support services into rural areas where education, support groups and accessible supportive services are rare or non-existent.  This community outreach effort assists small towns and rural communities in developing their own services to help families.  The ARK assists willing groups in creating a vision and a plan of action, provides technical direction, staff/volunteer training in dementia techniques, educational materials, identifies grant sources, reviews/critiques completed grant applications, and provides ongoing advice and counsel.
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Program, Grantee: Grace Ministries
    Creates a transportation alternative for seniors in Horry and Georgetown counties who need both medical and non-medical transportation.  Project will build a base of 100 trained volunteer drivers and will provide through-the-door service.
  • Trident Home Care Choice Program, Grantee: Trident Area Agency on Aging
    Provide comprehensive case management of older adults applying for home care services in Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Consumers will then select the provider of their choice from a list of 10 agencies and may call the Service Manager at any time to change providers.
  • Special Nutritional Needs for Very Low Income Seniors Program, Grantee: Rural Ministries
    Provide seniors living in the lower Charleston county Sea Islands with cash vouchers to pay for special dietary items often associated with medical treatment.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging recognizes that every community has varying needs and the methodology chosen to address those needs is necessarily unique.  Therefore, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging will accept for consideration any community grant proposal from an elligible non-profit organization that addresses the mission of the ElderCare Trust Fund, as stated above. 

To apply for an ElderCare Trust Fund Grant, please contact the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging at 1-800-868-9095 or e-mail at askus@aging.sc.gov to request a formal grant application packet.  Grant applications are available in January and completed proposals are due in mid-March.  

The ElderCare Trust Fund

Helping Older South Carolinians Live with Vitality and Dignity in Their Communities

For more information, please visit our Website.

 The Lieutenant Governor’s
Office on Aging

1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350,  Columbia, South Carolina  29201

(803) 734-9900  or  1-800-868-9095    Fax (803) 734-9887