Smiles 4 Seniors is a special grant initiative to have schools and youth programs engage senior citizens simply to brighten their day. The program is a part of our larger initiative to address social isolation and depression in the senior community.

Schools and afterschool programs in Monmouth County, Staten Island, and Brooklyn are invited to apply for a grant between $500 and $1,000 to provide art and craft supplies for the children to produce crafts or cards for residents of nursing homes or senior groups. Grants are also available for schools to bring chorus or musical instrument groups. The grant is to be spent on supplies (art or music) and to cover or supplement the cost of roundtrip school bus transportation.

Brooklyn Home Board President, Erika Hellstrom shares, “We are invested in making a difference for seniors and people in need. Brooklyn Home started as the Brooklyn Home For Aged Men in 1878 with this simple mission and continues today. I hope that the students and teachers who participate walk away with a stronger sense of civic engagement and responsibility to help those in need.”

Applications are considered on an ongoing basis. To apply, please fill out the form below.