NASHVILLE, TN. (WLAF) – The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) has announced a total of $1 million in grants to senior centers across 82 of the state’s 95 counties­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­–the most in the commission’s history.

The Campbell County and Jellico Senior’s Citizens Centers are among the recipients.

On July 5, TCAD published its application process for senior centers. Following the deadline, TCAD received 140 applications–a record number in the grant’s history. After utilizing the competitive, objective criteria, 125 senior centers throughout 82 counties were individually awarded $8,000 grants.

“As the aging population increases in our state, senior centers remain a vital resource to older adults,” said TCAD Executive Director James Dunn. “I commend Governor Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly for their continued support of these centers, and I’m grateful for the renewed appropriation that will serve to further improve the lives of our older adults from Memphis to Mountain City.”

 “I congratulate each of the 13 senior centers in my district that have been awarded grants in this cycle. Each grant award is a testament to the dedication of the staff, volunteers and community members that serve our older population,” said Sen. Ken Yager. “ Senior centers are a vital community resource and these grants will help ensure they continue to thrive and make a positive impact on countless lives.”