Funding Opportunities

 from the private sector and select government agencies.  When information about Lifespan Respite Care Program Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) are available from the Administration for Community Living, they will be posted on the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center


January 22, 2021

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center

Proposals Due: March 16, 2021

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center announces grant funding opportunities through its 2021 1st Cycle Direct Effect and special focus COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation Quality of Life grants initiatives.

Quality of Life (QOL) grants are federally funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Cooperative Agreement Number 90PRRC0002-03-00).

Direct Effect QOL grants offer up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations for projects that clearly impact individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation QOL grants fund projects that address social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of enhancing connectedness of people living with paralysis and their caregivers to their communities and preventing adverse health outcomes. Grants will be awarded within the range of $25,000-$50,000.

You are encouraged to read the Application and Program Guidelines and to visit the Reeve Foundation website for an overview of the QOL grant program and the QOL grant application process.

A free Application Technical Assistance Webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 9th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST. You may register HERE or on our website.

QOL grant applications are available and are to be completed online through the Reeve Foundation online grants portal. The online application submission deadline is Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm EASTERN.

The Foundation is no longer able to provide individual pre-award assistance either by telephone or email. However, we welcome you to submit questions about the application process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All questions submitted via email will be collected, aggregated, and answered in a Questions and Answers document posted on our website. The deadline for emailed questions is Friday, February 12th.

Organizations that have previously been awarded a Quality of Life grant in any category may re-apply for funding one year following the close of their grant and notification of grant closure by the Reeve Foundation.

2021 1st Cycle Quality of Life Grants Program Calendar
Cycle Opens: February 2, 2021
Technical Assistance Webinar: February 9, 2021 (register here)
Deadline for emailed questions: February 12, 2021 (email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Proposals Due: March 16, 2021
External Review: March 22 – April 16
Internal Review: April 19 – May 17
Grants awarded and funded by the end of May
Grant period: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

FY 2021 AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program (SCP) Expansion

Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2021

Please note: Last month the CNCS released a new brand strategy, announcing it will now operate as “AmeriCorps.” The agency’s three programs that cater exclusively to volunteers 55 years and older under the Senior Corps name – Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP – will now operate and be promoted under the banner of AmeriCorps Seniors.

AmeriCorps issued a funding opportunity announcement for several of its programs including the Senior Companion Program. Established in 1974, the AmeriCorps Seniors’ Senior Companion Program (SCP) engages adults age 55 and over to provide companionship and support to other adults in need of extra assistance to remain at home or in the community for as long as possible. AmeriCorps Seniors’ Senior Companion volunteers serve an average of 20 hours per week, with most of the volunteer service taking place in the homes of their clients. Among other activities, they provide companionship to ease loneliness and social isolation, assist with transportation and light chores, help to serve as eyes and ears to professionals who can intervene in the case of medical or other deterioration on the part of the clients, and give support to informal caregivers. The TN Respite Coalition and others use Senior Companion to provide respite for family caregivers. See Lifespan Respite grantee and partner teleconference recording, Opportunities from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to Expand and Support Respite

Eligible entities include:

  • Indian tribes

  • institutions of higher education

  • local governments

  • nonprofit organizations

  • states

AmeriCorps Seniors funding priorities for this grant cycle are: 

  • AmeriCorps Seniors is committed, in this grant competition, to focus on programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities.

  • AmeriCorps Seniors encourages grant applications to include work plans that advance justice and equality in areas such as healthy futures.

  • AmeriCorps Seniors encourages applicants to focus on efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may propose programming in the healthy futures focus area to aid communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • AmeriCorps Senior prioritizes grant making in the Healthy Futures focus area identified by the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by the Serve America Act. Under this focus area, grants must address health needs within communities by focusing specifically on independent living (aging in place), and access to health care. Activities may include supporting the ability of homebound, older adults and individuals with disabilities to live independently.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

For more information and to apply: visit the AmeriCorps website


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.