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Grotta Fund for Senior Care Grant

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Agencies to Assist Seniors
in Essex, Union, Sussex, Eastern Somerset, and Morris Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ - Grotta Fund for Senior Care

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

01/16/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, schools, and agencies for initiatives and programs that benefit older adults in Union, Essex, Sussex, Morris, and eastern Somerset counties. Funding is intended to support the planning and implementation of age-friendly community improvements.

The Grotta Fund for Senior Care will fund a small number of new community-based initiatives leading to age-friendly and livable improvements for a local town, multiple towns, city, or county. This becomes Cohort 2, expanding efforts currently underway in eight initiatives supported by The Grotta Fund for Senior Care and The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.

Year One funding will support community-based planning and initial implementation of community improvements, depending on the needs of the community. Year Two funding will propel successful Year One grantees to expand their efforts.

Prior to applying, applicants should have a deep understanding of the community, community leaders, efforts that are already underway to advance age-friendly and livable community improvements, organizations that benefit older adults that can co-lead and partner efforts, and other Age-Friendly efforts nationally and internationally.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153043

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request for Year One funding is $75,000.

In addition to financial support, grantees receive multiple mentoring and learning opportunities, organized by the funding organizations and Rutgers University professor, Emily Greenfield.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: April 1, 2020- March 31, 2021 (Year One)

Grants are rarely funded beyond three years; applicants seeking longer than three years of funding must seek prior approval to submit from the Grotta Fund Director.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:

- Not-for-profit charitable organizations classified as exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or governmental entities
- Tax-supported institutions such as a school or government agency
- New or emerging organizations are permitted to apply when using a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors assume legal and financial responsibility for the activities of a person or group engaged in work that furthers the fiscal sponsor’s mission.
- Organizations serving Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset county residents

Applicants must serve older adults living in Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset counties. New agencies as well as agencies previously funded by Grotta are encouraged to apply. An agency seeking second or third-year program support from the Grotta Fund will be judged on the impact of the additions to the program and will be expected to show planned growth and/or transition plans toward self-sustaining or government-funded status.

The Fund will not accept applications from the lead organization currently engaging in a multi-year grant funded by Grotta. In addition, the Fund does not award grants for the following purposes:

- Ongoing core program.
- Core operations and administrative expenses, unrelated to the intended program.
- Individuals
- Endowments, including academic chairs and scholarships, annual appeals, debt reduction
- Private foundations and private operating foundations
- Capital campaigns and major building construction
- Political candidates
- Pure research
- Payment for direct medical and psychological services to individuals and/or other services that are also covered through individual payments by Medicaid or Medicare.

Pre-Application Information:

Key dates:

Application announcement: Mid-September 2019
LOI deadline: November 8, 2019
Notification of applicants to submit full applications: December 11, 2019
Full application deadline: January 16, 2020
Announcement of new Age-Friendly grantees: March 3, 2020
Grant period: April 1, 2020- March 31, 2021 (Year One)

Go to the on-line application site and complete the Letter of Intent. Once on the site, click the apply button and enter the access code COHORT2.

A limited number of LOI applicants will be invited to submit a full application for Year One. Upon submission, a further review will be made before final selection.

All applicants are expected to show strong program commitment by leadership, and a match or partial funding of proposed program (min. of 25%), by the sponsoring organization or other funders.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information:

Renie Carniol, Director

Rosemarie Bendik

Grotta Fund for Senior Care
901 Route 10
Whippany, NJ 07981

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USA: New Jersey: Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex, and eastern Somerset counties (but not the entire Somerset County)

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