Catalyzing equitable, innovative, and collaborative programs in Colorado and across the country

Next50 seeks to support innovative and equitable ideas that build resiliency or change systems to create economic opportunities for older adults and the organizations that serve them.  

We will support impactful services, practical research, and effective policy in the following three priority areas: 

We want a world where people are valued and respected regardless of their age. But we need to end age-related stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination directed toward others and ourselves. Doing so will eliminate the barriers that can result from age-based bias and discrimination. We seek to fund projects such as:

  • Expanding research and data collection to include older adults
  • Increasing social awareness of ageism, such as with efforts to include age diversity in media
  • Age-inclusive workforce or human resources training
  • Age-friendly community initiatives, including intergenerational efforts
  • Policy and advocacy efforts for legal protections against age-related bias

Technology is a basic need. It must be accessible and affordable for all older adults and the organizations that serve them. If we invest in ensuring we all have equal access to innovative technology now, we will create technology that improves how we age in the future. We seek to fund projects such as:

  • Efforts that increase access to technology
  • Programs that promote age-inclusive design and aging in place technologies
  • AI for social impact programs benefitting older adults
  • Policy and advocacy efforts to increase affordable internet access
  • Digital literacy programs, such as those that facilitate digital access to financial resources

As we age we want the resources, economic freedom and peace of mind to live where we feel most comfortable – whether that means at home or in our community. We will support services and systems that allows all of us to maintain autonomy and connections to our community as we age. We seek to fund projects such as:

  • Affordable housing or homelessness prevention programs
  • Creative solutions for in-home wrap-around services
  • Caregiver or direct care workforce support and services
  • Access to public benefits assistance, including financial literacy programs
  • Legal assistance services, including fraud prevention and education

Equity is one of our core values at Next50, and we are working hard to incorporate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles into all aspects of our work, including our grantmaking.

We want to be intentional about directing funding toward historically marginalized older adults and communities who have not had access to foundation funding. To do this we have identified the following priority populations:


Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Immigrant/ Refugee

Physical/ Cognitive/ Behavioral Disability



An organization’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging as well as its connection to priority populations is considered when reviewing each grant application. Learn more about what Next50 is looking for by watching this webinar. COMING SOON

Funding limit: none, Multi-year up to 3 years

Eligible Entities

  • 501(c)(3)
  • 501(c)(4)
  • 501(c)(6)
  • Government
  • University

Grant Purpose

Support economic well-being for marginalized older adults and the organizations that serve them through systems-level and programmatic innovations

Requirement to talk with Next50

Schedule opens May 8. Required for all requests $150,000 or higher. Other applicants encouraged to schedule a call.

Application Details

Stage One application open July 1-31, 2024

Dates of Award Decision


Funding limit: $30,000

Eligible Entities

  • Colorado Only
  • 501(c)(3)
  • Operating budget <=$1MM

Grant Purpose

Addressing one-time, time-sensitive needs for small nonprofit organizations in Colorado

Requirement to talk with Next50


Application Details

SUN opens February 14, 2024 and will remain open until the fund is expended.

Dates of Award Decision

Award decisions are typically made within four weeks of application submission

Funding limit: $150,000 each year up to two years

Eligible Entities

  • Colorado Only
  • 501(c)(3)

Grant Purpose

Providing Colorado-based non-profits serving marginalized older adults with flexible financial support to increase their organizational strength and fulfill their mission.

Requirement to talk with Next50

Not required, but applicants are welcome to schedule a call.

Application Details

CLOSED March 6, 2024

Dates of Award Decision


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