Retirement Research Foundation: Direct Service Grants

Retirement Research Foundation
Last date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
United States

Detailed Description

The RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly known as The Retirement Research Foundation) is seeking applications for the Direct Service Grants Program.

RRF awards Direct Service Grants for projects that:

  • Increase the availability and effectiveness of comprehensive community programs that will enable older persons to continue living in their home;
  • Provide supportive services to older persons in residential settings, such as congregate living facilities, group homes, and assisted living facilities;
  • Coordinate the provision of care and services for older persons with chronic conditions who live in community settings;
  • Provide new and expanded opportunities for older persons to remain meaningfully engaged in community life, including intergenerational programs.

Eligibility Criteria

Direct Service Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that are:

  • Looking to develop, test, and implement new direct service programs or significantly expand existing programs that intentionally focus on persons, ages 65 and older;
  • Located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida (or implementing a direct service project specific to one of these states).

Reporting Requirements

  • The due dates for all grant reports are listed on page four of the RRF Grant Award Letters sent to applicants who are awarded grants.
  • The need for both interim reports and a final report is at the discretion of the RRF Program Officer assigned to a grant. Therefore, interim reports may be required for some grants, but not for others.
  • Grantees will submit their reports electronically via the applicable report form(s) uploaded into the grantees’ RRF Online Applications and Requirements accounts. Grantees will receive an email notifying them when the applicable report form(s) have been uploaded into their account. In addition, they will receive instructions about how to access the forms via an RRF Online Applications and Requirements Account.

Letter of Inquiry

Include the following information in your three-page Letter of Inquiry:

  • Organization name and location.
  • Identify which of RRF’s priority areas your project addresses (if any). Select only the primary area. If your project does not address a priority area, indicate why your project presents a promising opportunity to improve the quality of life of older people.
  • Timeframe.
  • Estimated project cost, amount of funding already secured (if applicable), and amount requested from RRF.
  • A brief outline or description of the project and what you intend to accomplish.
  • Target population and geographic area for your project.
  • A brief statement of need.
  • Proposed objectives and outcomes.
  • The principal proposed activities.
  • Evaluation criteria and methods.


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