Funding Opportunities

 from the private sector


May 7, 2020

The Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund

Application Deadline: June 5, 2020

The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. We want to surface the most innovative solutions and empower the individuals and organizations behind those solutions to drive their development and implementation.

The Foundation is accepting applications from April 30 through June 5, 2020. Nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $100,000. Individuals, teams of individuals, and eligible for-profit organizations can apply for microgrants of up to $10,000. Certain eligibility requirements apply. Through the Innovation Fund, the Foundation is specifically targeting solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work.

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April 23, 2020

RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly The Retirement Research Foundation)

RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly The Retirement Research Foundation) is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people.

The deadline for proposals is August 3, 2020. Letters of Intent are due June 15.

RRF focuses its grantmaking on four priority areas: • Caregiving • Economic Security in Later Life • Housing • Social and Intergenerational Connectedness

Eligible states:

1) Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations in any state.

2) Proposals for direct service projects are considered from organizations based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.

3) Organizational capacity building requests are accepted from nonprofits located in Illinois.

Read more and visit the website.

March 3, 2020

Brookdale Group Respite

Seed Grants Available for Start Up of Group Respite or Early Memory Loss Programs

Brookdale Foundation Group

Applications due June 24th at 4 PM Eastern

Funding will be available beginning October 2020 for up to 15 Group Respite and Early Memory Loss programs. Funds may be requested by private non-profit 501(c)(3) or public agencies to develop a new dementia-specific, social model program. Grant funds may not be used to support or expand the hours, days, or service capacity of existing social, health or medical model programs or to serve mixed populations. Selected organizations will receive: 1) Grant support of $10,000 in year one, renewable for $5,000 for the second tier, based on evaluation of first year’s activities and potential for future continuity of the program.

To read more and for Guidelines and Application visit the website.

February 29, 2020

AARP Purpose Prize

The AARP Purpose Prize celebrates people age 50 and older who are using their creativity and the inspiration that life experience brings to make a difference.

Through the program, a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization founded by each of the five winners will receive $50,000 to broaden the scope of the organization's work. Applications go through a formal, structured review process, including review by a jury of national leaders who have used their life experience to make a difference. Based on the jury's recommendations, the CEO of AARP will select the final winners.

In addition, AARP will recognize other outstanding applicants by designating up to ten fellows, with a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded by each of the fellows receiving $5,000 each as well as access to a number of supports and resources.

To be eligible for a prize or fellowship, applicants must be a founder or co-founder of a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organization in the U.S. that is using an innovative approach to address an existing or emerging problem; be at least 50 years old and started the work at age 40 or later; be able to clearly document the impact of the organization's work; be a legal resident of the United States, or a U.S. citizen living abroad, or a resident of a U.S. territory; and not be involved in a project that is exclusively religious or sectarian. (People working in faith-based settings that have a broader social mission are eligible and encouraged to apply.)

For more information about the AARP Purpose Prize, including eligibility criteria, application instructions, and an FAQ, see the AARP website.

Link to Complete RFP

January 15, 2020

Community Care Corps Grants Available

Congress funded the Volunteer Caregiver Corps and ACL awarded the grant to a team to manage the funds headed up by The Oasis Institute in Missouri. They have now issued an RFP for funding of volunteer caregiver initiatives. This is a great opportunity for state respite coalitions, grantees and their partners and the ARCH Network to expand or help sustain volunteer respite opportunities.

Community Care Corps is looking for innovative models utilizing local volunteers to assist family caregivers, older adults, or persons with disabilities maintain their independence. Visit for more information.  You can find the RFP and additional information on the website.

See Press Release for more information.

Informational Webinar for Applicants

January 29
1:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Central Time

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Ongoing opportunities

Retirement Research Foundation

Retirement Research Foundation’s Responsive Grants program supports projects that have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and over, in the following areas:

Advocacy: Achieve enduring social change around issues that affect older Americans

Direct Service: Improve availability and quality of community-based and residential long-term services and supports

Professional Education and Training: Increase the competency of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults

Research: Seek causes and solutions to significant problems for older adults

Applications for Responsive Grants are considered three times per year. The deadlines for the submission of applications are February 1, May 1, and August 1.

For more information, visit

Evidence For Action - Ongoing Opportunity 

Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project, Evidence for Action accepts Letters of Intent on a rolling basis to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and partnerships. ARCH has been in discussion with them about respite research in relation to the work of the Expert Panel on Respite Research and they are very willing to entertain research proposals that follow the Expert Panel’s Research framework. For more information, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., author of the report and ARCH facilitator of the Expert Panel.

The application process and requirements can be found at . Letters of Intent that are viewed favorably will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal and awards are for 36 months. Preference is given to applicants that are public entities, institutes of higher education, or nonprofit organizations based in the U.S. or its territories. 501(c)(3) organizations as well as other types of non-profit and for-profit organizations are welcome to apply.