Learn more about the Healthy Aging Challenge.

Help us transform how we care for, celebrate, and support the older adults among us.

Southwestern Pennsylvania has a great untapped resource. By 2030, the region will experience a 40% increase in the number of people over 65. By 2045, it will see a further 75% increase in people over 85. Older adults bring significant economic, psychological, and social benefits to a community. Nevertheless, biases against older people have taken hold in the United States – and tend to be worse in areas with lower levels of overall community engagement, and where older adults have less access to care.  

Systemically increasing the wellbeing of older adults creates a better, brighter future for all of us.

Henry L. Hillman Foundation recognizes promoting healthy aging doesn’t just impact those among us who are currently older. It is an investment that ripples across generations, promoting greater community cohesion now and ensuring better health and wellbeing in the future. We all age – which means we all benefit from a world in which older adults thrive.

The Healthy Aging Challenge will grant a total of $2 million to four transformative, feasible, equitable, and scalable proposals to improve the lives of older adults in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Proposals are welcome from eligible organizations based anywhere in the United States. Projects must be geographically located in southwestern Pennsylvania and include members of communities that will benefit from the solution – such as an older adult or a caregiver – on their project team. They must also be able to show some evidence of results within a twelve-month period. Projects may focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Age-friendly community development, including aging in place
  • Age-friendly economic development
  • Civic participation and volunteerism for older adults
  • Intergenerational programming
  • Reducing ageism and social isolation
  • Skill-building and employment for professional caregivers
  • Technology for caregivers
  • Technology for older adults

To further promote learning and exchange around this crucial topic, applicants will participate in Peer to Peer review, and the final four awardees will form a learning cohort during the grant period.

Strong solutions will be transformative, feasible, equitable, and scalable. Please see the scoring rubric for more information on how proposals will be assessed.


The Healthy Aging Challenge will host Q&A webinars in the weeks leading up to the registration and submission deadlines. Information to sign up for these webinars will be emailed to those who have registered for the Challenge and will be available on News & Updates.  

In the meantime, please email us to request more information regarding eligibility, requirements, and other related questions.

Update: the Healthy Aging Challenge has concluded and the awardees have been announced. Learn more about Henry L. Hillman Foundation’s Aging Well strategic investment portfolio and other initiatives.