Families who cannot care for an elderly family member can utilize the services of a nursing home to provide care. As of 2012, 15,673 nursing homes operated in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Because of rising health care costs, some nursing homes find it difficult to stay in the black financially. Nursing homes can apply for grants as additional sources of income to keep facilities running and patients safe.

Better Nursing Home Care Fund

The Better Nursing Home Care Fund, which is sponsored by the Oregon Community Fund, awards grants totaling $25,000 to two or three nursing home projects a year in Oregon. Applicants must turn in a request for proposal by Feb. 7 each year. The request for proposals is available on the OCF website. It asks for the scope of the project and helps the grant committee determine whether an applicant’s project aligns with the mission of the grant, which is to improve nursing home care. Only non-profit nursing homes or Oregon public agencies may apply.

Health Care Quality Account

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offers grants from the Health Care Quality Account for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The grant money must go toward a project, educational program or other effort to improve nursing home care. The Health Care Quality Account grant program is open to advocacy organizations, government agencies, trade associations and nursing home facilities. Applicants can find the grant application online through the Maryland DHMH website. Applications are due in late spring, with grant winners announced in early fall. The number of grants awarded each year and the amount of each grant depends on the amount of funding the account receives each year.

Isabel Foundation

The Isabel Foundation, established by the late C.S. Harding Mott in the name of his wife, began awarding grants in 1998. Since then, nearly 75 percent of all grant funds have gone to Christian Science causes that promote healing, including Christian Science nursing facilities. Grant proposals are due in the spring of each year and recipients are notified in June. Applicants must send to the Isabel Foundation an introductory letter describing their mission and goals and how they support the mission of Christian Science. The letter should also include how much grant money the organization needs and how it will be spent. Nursing homes must have non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service to qualify.

State Home Grant Program

The State Home Grant Program, which is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and state governments, provides money to a state to build or remodel nursing homes for veterans. The VA provides up to 65 percent of the cost of a construction or remodeling project. As part of the grant program, the state can utilize the design and construction services of the U.S. Office of Construction and Facilities Management. CFM also reviews state grant applications for the VA, helping the VA award money to states that have the most feasible projects. Additionally, CFM monitors the construction process and provides end-of-project inspections.