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Impacting Lives, Engaging Communities Initiative

As the philanthropic arm of Kendal, KCF provides grant funding for initiatives that enhance the lives of older people, both within the Kendal System and beyond. As a direct result of support, KCF has maintained its rich history of making significant contributions to the field of aging from within the Kendal System and beyond in support of Kendal’s mission: “Together, transforming the experience of aging.®

Lloyd Lewis – Promising Innovations Fund

The purpose is to support improvements in serving older adults that are reflective of a pioneering spirit in the field of aging. The annually funded grant seeks ideas that can enhance the lives of an aging population through services and research. The goal is to develop new understandings and awareness of issues and opportunities in support of this initiative.

Affiliates Grant Program

As part of the Impacting Lives Engaging Communities Initiative Kendal Charitable Funds also provides grants within the Kendal System to Kendal affiliates to engage, partner with and support their efforts in the wider community around aging issues.

Apply for a 2020 Affiliate Grant

For this year’s Affiliate Grant Program, the KCF board is specifically seeking proposals that meet the following guidelines:

  • effect aging adults outside of your immediate Kendal community and involve or impact your wider community and/or the wider world of aging
  • are either new and/or an expansion of an existing programs/projects, but should not already be funded in your operating budget
  • you are encouraged to involve and/or engage your residents in some way
  • can provide a way of measuring results
  • will be publicized (within and outside of your community)


All affiliates are eligible to request the Kendal Charitable Funds’ Affiliate Grant.  The KCF board has reserved sufficient monies to award a grant to each affiliate.

Grant Amounts, Parameters and Timeline

Grant awards will not exceed $5,000 however smaller requests are also welcome.  Awarded monies must be spent within one year of receipt of funds or returned to KCF.

We encourage that this grant be used as part of a challenge or matching grant opportunity for your community to leverage additional funds to accomplish your project.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on December 13, 2019. Grant approval will be determined by the board of Kendal Charitable Funds in January 2020. Executive Directors will be notified via email following the board meeting. Funding provided in February 2020.

Submitting a Grant Request

Kendal Charitable Funds will be utilizing its online grant management program to receive and manage these affiliate grants.  A link to the registration and application is below; please note, only online applications will be considered for grants.

The Affiliate Grant is a restricted process. In order to gain access to the application, please submit the name of your designated point-person to

People Development Fund

With the rapid growth in the aging services field anticipated as the Boomer Generation ages, Kendal will face sharply increased competition for staff in all areas. Building on its history and its values, Kendal will create comprehensive, System-wide staff development programs—for frontline staff, management and leadership positions—to ensure that Kendal takes the lead in aging services education and galvanizes its position as an employer of choice.

Kendal’s values call for “contributing to improved services for all older people.” Keeping that commitment will require a substantial investment in staff development—including a strong, systemized curriculum and internship, mentorship and fellowship programs—so that Kendal can broaden its impact both internally and across the aging services field.

We believe the people development initiative will enhance the quality of staff and resident experiences throughout the Kendal System.

The objective of the Kendal People Development Initiative will be to provide quality, consistency and relevancy in a values-based series of educational programs that engage Kendal as a larger “learning organization.”

Staff Development

Kendal is committed to the philosophy that it “must be a good place to work if it is to be a good place to live.” In addition, Kendal’s Values and Practices booklet states that: “We believe that diverse opportunities for growth help sustain high levels of enthusiasm and engagement in the workplace, create a more knowledgeable work force and contribute to greater commitment and higher motivation.”

Support for staff development comes in many forms and from countless sources across Kendal. In addition to the educational services provided on-site by Kendal affiliates, it includes covering the costs for new staff members to complete a 10-week training course to become Certified Nursing Assistants, paying for classes required throughout a four-year electrician apprenticeship program, and reimbursing staff for college and graduate school tuition. It is not unusual for a health care staff member to progress—with support from tuition reimbursement—from earning a nursing assistant certificate to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, then a Registered Nurse and on to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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Contact us with questions regarding your proposed program/project.