Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
NextFifty is seeking innovators poised to change the concept and quality of aging.
NextFifty Initiative exists to fund projects, ideas, technology, and innovations that improve the lives and capacities of those who are aging. They seek to partner with organizations that are visionaries, community leaders, and educators to fuel ideas and drive innovations that will improve the experience of aging in Colorado and the nation.
NextFifty Initiative is required to direct at least 80% of its funding to benefit the people of Colorado. Initiatives should target, or be able to demonstrate benefit to, those who are age 50 and older, including the older adult disabled population.
Proposals that request more than $250,000 are expected to secure considerable funding from other internal or external sources to support the project.
Examples of areas for funding include, but are not limited to:
What will not be funded?
Applications for funding will be evaluated using multiple criteria including, but not limited to:
Language Matters: NextFifty Initiative is intentional in the words used when talking about aging and efforts to combat age discrimination. Grant applications should exhibit the Reframing Aging principles. Increase participation in this movement by visiting Changing the Narrative.
Thoroughness and timeliness of submission: All grant seekers must submit all grant material on time to be considered for funding. All attached documents must be readable in the submitted format. Applicants must not submit password-protected documents as these cannot be opened or considered. Applications missing materials will not be reviewed.
Target Group: The program, project, or initiative proposed for funding must have direct relevance to the aging community age 50 and older or their caregivers. Applications are strengthened by the inclusion of underserved target populations (e.g., disabled, low-income, rural, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, homeless).
Strength of the Proposed Model: Applications for funding will be evaluated on the strength of the case that the project will meet the identified need.
Impact: The project or program must clearly describe how it is expected to impact the aging community. The project plan should include the projected number of people served and describe how the project will impact an older adult population. Evidence for impact and project evaluation tools should be described and provided.
Evidence of Collaboration: Applications are strengthened by the involvement of a diverse group of stakeholders. Evidence includes Letters of Commitment or MOUs.
Innovation: Applications are strengthened by programs, projects, technologies, and initiatives that break new ground, take promising ideas to new communities, and expand successful models to scale.
Sustainability, Replicability, and Scalability: Applicants should be able to demonstrate how the elements of the project could be sustained, replicated, and expanded within the community or shared with other communities to enhance impact.
Strength and Capacity of the Organization Executing the Grant: They will evaluate the history, strength, and capacity of the organization, their track record with other projects, and their history in the field.
Clarity and Relevance of the Goals and Objectives: The project plan should include goals and objectives that are measurable and reflect a clear relationship to the project plan.
Evaluation: The project must include clear outcome measures and a description of how the project will be evaluated.