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The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)
Grants to USA nonprofits for innovative projects that benefit older Americans (ages 65 and above). Funding is specifically intended to support proposals that focus on the areas of advocacy, direct services, education and training programs for professionals working with the elderly, and/or research to identify the causes of and solutions to significant problems faced by older adults.
Please Note: Advocacy, training, and research projects of national relevance are considered from organizations located anywhere in the USA. However, proposals for direct service projects are only considered from organizations based in the following States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.
Priorities for each of the four focus areas are outlined below.
Advocacy: Achieve enduring social change around issues that affect older Americans. The Retirement Research Foundation funds advocacy projects that have a regional or national impact for older Americans. Of particular interest are projects that:
- Advance policy issues of critical importance to our nation’s seniors such as economic security, health care, housing, etc.
- Use clearly focused and strategic efforts to address systemic problems
- Forge partnerships with organizations to achieve better use of resources and to share knowledge
Direct Services: Improve availability and quality of community-based and residential long-term services and supports. The Retirement Research Foundation awards Direct Service Grants for projects that:
- Increase the availability and effectiveness of comprehensive community programs designed to maintain older persons in their homes
- Provide supportive services to older persons in residential settings, such as congregate living facilities, group homes, and assisted living facilities
- Improve the quality of nursing home care
- Coordinate the provision of acute- and long-term care for older persons with chronic conditions by supporting efforts that provide continuity of care, prevention, early intervention, and client education
- Provide new and expanded opportunities for older adults to engage in meaningful roles in society such as employment and volunteerism
Professional Education and Training: Increase the competency of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults. The Retirement Research Foundation funds professional education and training projects that have a national impact for older Americans. RRF recognizes the importance of a well-trained work force to serve older persons both in the community and in residential settings.
Of particular interest are programs that:
- Increase the knowledge and skills of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults, ages 65 and older
- Expand the capacity and number of professionals and paraprofessionals prepared to meet the growing demands of an aging population
Research: Seek causes and solutions to significant problems for older adults. The Retirement Research Foundation funds research projects that have a regional or national impact on older Americans. Of particular interest are projects that seek causes and solutions to significant problems facing older adults, ages 65 and older, through support of applied and policy research for which federal funding is not available.
GrantWatch ID#: 180281
These grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that are:
- Tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or nonprofit organizations that are not required to have a 501(c)(3) designation, such as state-funded universities;
- Proposing a project that may have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and above
- Research: For applicants from universities or hospital organizations, please note that RRF prefers that the applicant is the university or the hospital, rather than a foundation affiliated with the university or hospital.
Proposals for direct service projects are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.
Advocacy, training, and research projects of national relevance are considered from organizations located anywhere in the USA.
Restrictions for all focus areas:
RRF does not fund:
- General operating support
- Conferences or fundraising events
- Governmental agencies, except for state universities, area agencies on aging, and programs of the Veterans Administration
Additional exclusions for each focus area:
For Professional Education and Training Grants, education programs for undergraduate or graduate students are ineligible.
For Research Grants, RRF also does not fund the following:
- Biomedical, theory development, or dissertation research
- Research that is not specifically focused on aging
For Advocacy Grants, the following exclusions apply:
-While RRF is committed to funding effective advocacy programs, RRF grant funds cannot be used for lobbying efforts to win or defeat any specific pieces of legislation.
Organizations applying for Advocacy Grants will:
- Maintain a separation between their lobbying and advocacy work
- Describe the activities to be funded by RRF
- Acknowledge in writing that RRF funds will not be used for lobbying efforts
Click here for more information about each focus area, including overview, eligibility, and how to apply:
Please note that at each of the above links, are a number of budget sample documents on the right side of each page. Samples of these documents are also attached below (see Supporting Documents).
First Step – A Letter of Inquiry
The Retirement Research Foundation acknowledges the time and effort needed to submit a proposal and invites interested applicants to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI). This step is optional but may offer valuable feedback as you prepare a full proposal. Applications for Responsive Grants are considered three times per year.
- Submit an LOI by December 1, March 15, and June 15.
- The deadlines for the submission of applications are February 1, May 1, and August 1.
When a deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date is moved to the following work day. Decisions are usually made four months after each deadline.
Evaluation Guidelines: http://www.rrf.org/resources/grant-resources/evaluation-guidelines
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
An LOI (optional) may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as a Word or PDF attachment.
Click here to apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2142?SA=SNA&FID=35003
Phone: (773) 714-8080
Fax: (773) 714-8089
The Retirement Research Foundation
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Chicago, Ill. 60631-4170
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