The Rev. Dr. Carl S. Fisher Foundation enhances the quality of life of area seniors. Here’s more information on how to apply.
Who can apply?
Pastors, social workers, or representatives from elder care or non-profit organizations can apply on behalf of an individual senior who could benefit from assistance. Seniors and/or their families may not apply on their own behalf.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, a senior’s income level should be less than twice the federal poverty level (including all sources of income such as Social Security benefits and food stamps).
What kind of request is funded?
Requests of up to $3,000 are considered for items that improve a senior’s quality of life, but are not covered by insurance or other sources of income. This can include, but is not limited to, items such as:
- Chair lifts, ramps, or other modifications to the senior’s home that help facilitate independent living (please note that the senior must own his/her own home or apartment if the request is for modifications to same)
- Special medical equipment
Requests for funding to relieve personal financial issues such as debt, major property improvements or maintenance, or utility bills are not considered.
How does the application process work?
The requestor fills out a referral form on behalf of the senior. These forms are evaluated by the Review Committee of the Board of Directors, and the requestor will receive a letter approving or denying the request. Upon approval of a request, the senior (or his or her legal representatives) must complete a financial statement demonstrating income eligibility. The entity providing the funded item (wheelchair, ramp installation, etc.) submits the bill to the Fisher Foundation directly.
The annual cycle for requests follows the calendar year, and applications are reviewed from January through May.
What happens after the referral form is submitted?
Requestors can expect to receive a letter with notification of acceptance or rejection by October.