Foundation / Corporation
The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)
Grants to Illinois nonprofits that serve the elderly for long-term improvements in their organizational, governance, and management capacity in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake or McHenry counties.
These grants may be used to support capacity building activities that include, but are not limited to:
- Strategic planning
- Financial management, including cash flow, budget development, financial controls
- Program evaluation planning
- Communications and marketing, including Website development, public relations, use of social media
- Resource development and fundraising
- Human resources, including professional development, succession planning, staffing structure, assessment, and retention
- Information systems management, including technology enhancements
- Board development including assessment, recruitment, training, and structuring
- Restructuring and building relationships with other nonprofit organizations to strengthen service delivery, reduce costs, share resources, etc.
Standard OCB funds generally support consulting, training fees, information technology, staffing, and other costs directly related to capacity building activities. Additional funding is available to OCB grantees for technical assistance support for seminars, workshops, short-term courses, publications, or other training related to organizational capacity building.
GrantWatch ID#: 182530
Standard OCB Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that are:
- Tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- In operation for at least three years and have annual revenue of at least $75,000
- Located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, or McHenry counties in Illinois
- Placing a high priority on providing services to the elderly
RRF’s Standard OCB Grants do not fund:
- Renovations or capital improvements
- Financial deficits
- One-time events that do not build long-term capacity (such as fundraising events or conferences).
Interested applicants are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by December 1, 2017 for the first grant cycle. This step is optional, but may offer valuable feedback as you prepare a full proposal. This may be emailed as a Word or PDF attachment. To allow enough time for feedback, please submit LOIs at least six to eight weeks prior to the proposal deadline.
Februay 1, 2018 - Submit LOI by December 1, 2017
May 1, 2018 - Submit LOI by March 15, 2018
August 1, 2018 - Submit LOI by June 15, 2018
How to Apply:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit (LOI) by email:
Mary O'Donnell, Senior Program Officer
The Retirement Research Foundation
8765 West Higgins Road, Suite 430
Chicago IL 60631-4170
USA: Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake or McHenry counties