Benefits Enrollment Center Grants

The Center for Benefits Access (the Center) at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is seeking qualified organizations to become Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries—both seniors aged 65+ years and adults living with disabilities — who have limited income and resources into available benefits, with the primary focus being on the following five core benefit programs:

  • Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS)
  • Medicare Savings Programs (MSP)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The focus of this grant is to enhance access to benefits for qualifying low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Grantees are encouraged to assist clients with applications for programs beyond the five core benefits, in keeping with the principles of the person-centered approach.

Grants will run for a 20-month period (January 1, 2019 to September 29, 2020). Applicants are required to match 15% of their funding under this grant through a cash or in-kind match. Grants of up to $115,000 each will be awarded to selected organizations.

Special consideration will be given to agencies serving areas that are not currently served by a BEC and people who have been disproportionately impacted. Examples include people residing in rural areas, border communities, immigrants, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, members of tribal communities residing on and off reservation land, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and veterans. 

Date Posted: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Date Closing: 
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Sponsor/Funding Agency: 
National Council on Aging
Award Amount: 
$115,000