Brookdale Foundation Group: Local Relatives as Parents Program
The Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) aims to develop or expand services for grandparents or other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting when the biological parents are unable to do so. Goals of RAPP include to:
- Provide supportive services to relative caregivers and the children they are raising, with emphasis on relative caregiving families that are not in the formal foster care system.
- Start new or expand current services in response to caregiver and family needs.
- Support organizations that provide services and assistance to relative caregivers and the children in their care that include regular ongoing support, educational or social groups, and at least two of the following: benefits and legal guidance, educational seminars, individual and/or family counseling, health care services, childcare, housing assistance, children’s services, group recreational activities, transportation assistance, services to special populations, services with local schools, other programmatic initiatives, or mental health services.
- Establish collaboration with community organizations and other service systems such as family services, child care, aging, education, legal, health care, mental health and extension services.
- Initiate programs that have assurance of continuity beyond the two-year grant period.
- Create replicable models of cost-effective, quality services across the region.
Amount: Seed grants of up to $15,000 will be made. A 100% match, either in-kind or in cash, must be present before the initiation of the program.
Eligibility: Sponsoring organizations must have a 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status. The sponsor must show linkages to other community agencies. New services/programs to caregivers and their families may be proposed by agencies that are not currently part of RAPP. Expanded services may only be proposed by agencies that are currently part of RAPP that wish to initiate additional services or replicate their programs in another area.
Note: There is a congruent State Seed RAPP grant (accessible through the link provided above), that is also due on June 15, 2017. The State Seed RAPP is available to Public State Agencies only that are located in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming.
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