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Standard Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) Grants

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits Serving the Elderly
for Organizational Improvements in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)

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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations that serve the elderly in eligible areas to improve their organizational, governance, and management capacity in the long-term. Funding is intended to support training fees, consulting, staffing, information technology, and other costs related to capacity-building activities. Eligible organizations are located 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.

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182530

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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).

Pre-Application Information:

Interested applicants are invited to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by March 15 for the current grant cycle, which has a proposal deadline of May 1. 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.

- Submit LOI by March 15 for deadline of May 1
- Submit LOI by June 15 for deadline of August 1
- Submit LOI by December 1 for deadline of February 1

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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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The Retirement Research Foundation
8765 West Higgins Road, Suite 430
Chicago IL 60631-4170
Fax: 773-714-8089

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, or McHenry counties