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The ElderCare Trust Fund
Supporting South Carolina's Seniors

The Mission
The mission of the ElderCare Trust Fund is to award grants to public and private non-profit organizations that create innovative programs which help older South Carolinians live with dignity and vitality in their communities. (43-21-160 et. Seq.)

Program Overview
  • Established in 1992, the ElderCare Trust Fund was created to support programming that helps seniors stay in their homes and lead productive lives.
  • Funded primarily through voluntary tax-payer contributions through the SC Check-off program on state income tax returns and direct contributions, the ElderCare Trust Fund has awarded over $400,000 to more than 30 non-profit organizations statewide since its inception.
  • The Fund is administered by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging and is guided by an Advisory Board.
  • The ElderCare Trust Fund Advisory Board is made up of citizen leaders from across the state.  After serving an initial three year term, Board members may serve single year terms thereafter.  Board officers are eligible for re-election.
  • Click here to view the ElderCare Trust Fund brochure.

Projects Funded by the ElderCare Trust Fund

  • The ARK’s N.O.A.H. Project – Program for Seniors with Memory Loss
  • Brookland Center for Community Economic Change – Recreation Program
    West Columbia
  • Brown Chapel AME Church – Senior Wellness Center
  • Council on Aging of the Midlands – Neighborhood Care Project
  • Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Inc. – PEP Program (Primary assessment, Education and Prescriptions)
  • Hopewell Senior Day Care Center – One Step Rural Initiative Program, home repairs, indoor heating and plumbing
    Williamsburg County
  • Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Spartanburg, Inc. – Roving Rural Day Care Project
  • Memory Matters – Respite program for people with Alzheimer’s Disease
    Hilton Head Island
  • Senior Services Inc. of Chester County – Home Safety & Injury Prevention Assistance
    Chester County
  • Telamon Corporation – Rural Home Safety & Rehabilitation

How to Contribute to the ElderCare Trust Fund

SC Check Off Program
The SC Check-Off Program allows individuals to contribute to the ElderCare Trust Fund by making a donation for any amount on Line 28 of their State Income Tax return.  In addition to completing Line 28 of the Income Tax Return, Form I-330 must be completed as well.  2015 Income Tax return instructions will be available to the public soon, and a link to download Form I-330 electronically may be accessed by clicking here (when available).

Private Donations 
Tax deductible donations to the ElderCare Trust Fund may be made by mailing a check to:
The ElderCare Trust Fund
Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging
1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

How Do I Apply for an ElderCare Trust Fund Grant?

Applying for an ElderCare Trust Fund Grant is easy.  If your organization has a program which accomplishes the mission of the ElderCare Trust Fund by helping seniors to live in their communities with dignity and vitality, contact the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging for grant application information packet.    

ElderCare Trust Fund Check List Review

ElderCare Trust Fund Grant Application Form 2017-2018

ElderCare Trust Fund Application Memo 2017-2018

For more information, please contact Kay Taylor Hightower, Program Manager, at (803)734-9903 or by e-mail at

  • 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Local: (803) 734-9900
  • Toll Free: 1-800-868-9095