Benson Fund for Senior Services in Placer County

The James & Virginia Benson Memorial Fund for the Elderly of Placer County was established in 2002 to assist organizations in Placer County with a focus on providing assistance and services to seniors. Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.

This grant opportunity is closed.

Please note that the requirements articulated below were developed for a previous round of the grant opportunity. Details for future rounds may differ.

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To apply, your organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide effective programs for seniors

  • Primarily serve seniors residing in Placer County
  • Maintain tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

If your organization is selected for funding, your organization will be required to create a profile on GivingEdge, the region’s resource for nonprofit information.

Grants may not be used for capital campaigns, gifts to endowments, deficit funding, fundraising events, or direct assistance to individuals. Additionally, grants may not be used for political advocacy, legislative policy efforts, or to promote particular religious and/or spiritual beliefs. Grants will not be given to organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, language, veteran status, sexual orientation, or disability.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

Need Identification (10%)

The need identified within the grant application:

  • Lies within the Foundation’s service area: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and/or El Dorado counties
  • Represents a well-demonstrated need in the community, supported by objective data sources

Proposal Request/Program Description (50%)

The proposal as outlined in the grant application:

  • Reflects a clear purpose and meets the mission of your organization
  • Incorporates clear and measurable project objectives that directly address the stated need
  • Possesses a sound, practical, and effective program strategy with built-in evaluative measures for continuous quality improvement

Fiscal Management (40%)

The grant applicant demonstrates sound fiscal practices by providing:

  • A detailed budget that reflects the project in a realistic and fiscally judicious manner
  • Evidence that the organization is actively seeking other sources of funding for a diversified revenue stream and for program sustainability
  • Demonstration of past fiscal responsibility with no significant budget deficits or cash-flow issues



Week of  August 7, 2023

Deadline to submit

September 8, 2023 (5:00 p.m. Pacific)

Awards announced October 2023

How To Apply

To apply for funding, please complete the online application, which includes a set of narrative questions and project budget form. 

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No late or paper applications will be accepted. For questions regarding the application process, using the online system or grant timeline, please e-mail us at