Funding for RRF’s general program of grantmaking is given to efforts that support the Foundation’s funding interests:
- Improve the availability and quality of community-based and long-term services and supports.
- Provide new and expanded opportunities for older adults to engage in meaningful roles in society.
- Seek causes and solutions to significant problems of older adults.
- Increase the number of professionals and paraprofessionals adequately prepared to serve the elder population.
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Grantseekers should also review exceptions—projects that are not funded by RRF.
Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that focus on advocacy, research, or continuing education and training related to older adults. Direct service requests will be considered only from organizations in these seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin and Florida.
The Foundation gives priority to organizations that embody the following characteristics for success:
- Nonprofit best practices, such as strong leadership, responsible governance, fiscal responsibility and viability, and ongoing evaluation.
- Early planning and implementation of strategies to sustain projects for the future.
- True understanding of, and commitment to, person-centered care that promotes the dignity of older persons and their freedom to make life choices.
- Implementation of proven models and approaches that address clearly identified needs and gaps.
- Use of clearly focused, collaborative efforts to address systemic problems.
- Forging strategic partnerships with organizations in the field and funders to achieve better use of resources and sharing of knowledge.
Proposals are due February 1, May 1, and August 1. Decisions are usually made four months after each deadline.