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Falls Prevention

Background and Goals

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 years of age and older. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.

To help address this growing epidemic, ACL has awarded more than $8 million in grants financed solely by the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Seventeen of these grants have been awarded to domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including state agencies and community organizations. Four grants have been awarded to tribal organizations. ACL has also funded a nonprofit organization to serve as the first-ever ACL National Falls Prevention Resource Center.

The Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs cooperative agreements are designed to achieve two major goals:

  • Goal 1: Significantly increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities at risk of falls who participate in evidence-based community programs to reduce falls and falls risks.

  • Goal 2: Build partnerships and/or secure contracts with the health care sector and identify innovative funding arrangements that can support these evidence-based falls prevention programs while embedding the programs into an integrated, sustainable, evidence-based prevention program network.

The National Falls Prevention Resource Center cooperative agreement is designed to achieve two major goals:

  • Goal 1: Increase public education about the risks of falls and how to prevent them.

  • Goal 2: Support and stimulate the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based community programs and strategies proven to reduce the incidence of falls among seniors.

Fiscal Year 2014 Grants

FY 2014 Awardees

Grantee Award Amount

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley


Foundation for Healthy Communities


Georgia Department of Human Services


Hardrock Council on Substance Abuse


Health Foundation of South Florida


Iowa Department on Aging


Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians


Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians


Minnesota Board on Aging


National Council on Aging (serving as the Resource Center) $400,000

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


Sokaogon Chippewa Community


State of Vermont


Utah Department of Health


Fiscal Year 2015 Grants

FY 2015 Awardees

Grantee Award Amount
Dartmouth Center for Healthy Aging, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health $510,389

New Jersey Department of Human Services


New York State Department of Health


Partners in Care Foundation $684,000
The Oasis Institute $558,997

United Way of Tarrant County


Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging


Fiscal Year 2016 Grants

FY 2016 Awardees

Grantee Award Amount

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, MA


Indian Health Council, CA $150,000
Inter Tribal Council of AZ, Inc., AZ $150,000

Iowa Department of Public Health, IA


MAC, Inc., MD


Marymount University, VA


Mescalero Apache Tribe, NM $85,655

New Mexico Department of Health, NM


Rush University Medical Center, IL


Southern Maine Agency on Aging, ME


Spirit Lake Tribe, ND


Fiscal Year 2017 Grants

FY 2017 Awardees

Grantee Award Amount
United Way of Tarrant County, TX $599,999.00

University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC


Utah Department of Health, UT $599,760.00

Partners in Care Foundation, Inc., CA


Trustees of Dartmouth College, NH $599,955.00

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, VA


Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, WI


State and Tribal Grant Profiles
Work Plan Template

Grantees can use this Work Plan Template as part of the funding opportunity process.

Last modified on 11/02/2017

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