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Deadline: February 1, 2020

Retirement Research Foundation: Responsive Grants

The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. The Foundation’s Responsive Grants program supports projects that have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and over, in the following areas:

  • Advocacy: Funding supports advocacy projects that have a regional or national impact on older Americans. Of particular interest are projects that: 1) advance policy issues of critical importance to the nation’s seniors such as economic security, health care, housing, etc.; 2) use clearly focused and strategic efforts to address systemic problems; and 3) forge partnerships with organizations to achieve better use of resources and to share knowledge.
  • Professional education and training: Funding supports professional education and training projects that have a national impact on older Americans. Of particular interest are programs that: 1) increase the knowledge and skills of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults, ages 65 and older; and 2) expand the capacity and number of professionals and paraprofessionals prepared to meet the growing demands of an aging population.
  • Research: Funding supports 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.

Recently, the Foundation established four priorities. Beginning in 2020, these four areas will be given higher priority within the Foundation’s grantmaking program:

  • Caregiving
  • Economic security in later life
  • Housing
  • Social and intergenerational connectedness

Note: The Foundation has a direct services program but eligibility is limited to organizations located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.

Amount: Grants average $25,000-$100,000.

Eligibility: 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.

Link: https://www.rrf.org/grants/responsive-grants

Note: The Foundation offers applicants the opportunity to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry by December 1, 2019. This step is optional, but offers valuable one-time feedback as applicants prepare a full proposal. See the following for more information: https://www.rrf.org/1979-2

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