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


September 8, 2021

National Paralysis Resource Center Opens Quality of Life Funding Opportunities

Applications Due October 14

ACL's National Paralysis Resource Center (managed by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation) is announcing two new funding opportunities for organizations and agencies that serve people living with any type of paralysis.

The 2021 Direct Effect and Priority Impact Quality of Life grants initiatives are now open for applications.

The Direct Effect (Tier 1) Grants up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations for projects that clearly impact individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Priority Impact grants offer three increasing levels of grant funding.

Priority Impact (Tiers 2-4) offers three increasing levels of grant funding. Each tier is targeted to focus on a Priority issue for the community of individuals living with paralysis and their families, as follows:
• Tier 2 -- Grants of up to $30,000 for the following Priority areas:
            Assistive Technology
            COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation
• Tier 3 -- Grants of up to $40,000
            Nursing Home Transition
• Tier 4 -- Grants of up to $50,000

A free Application Technical Assistance Webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 14 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST. A Question & Answer period will be provided. Register here.

QOL grant applications are available and must be completed online through the Reeve Foundation online grants portal. The online application submission deadline is Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm EASTERN.

There are some new changes to Foundation's grantmaking program. Please visit their website for an overview of the QOL grant program and the QOL grant application process and to read the Application and Program Guidelines.

The Foundation is not able to provide individual pre-award assistance either by telephone or email. However, they 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 Wednesday, September 22.

June 26, 2021

Next50 Initiative - Flexible Support Grants

While Next50 is required to direct at least 80% of its funding to benefit the people of Colorado, ensittue outside Colorado may apply for Flexible Support gants. Requests must target, or be able to demonstrate benefit to, those who are age 50 and older, including the older adult disabled population.

NextFifty Initiative is committed to social equity and expects grantees to demonstrate performance accountability that is free from discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other protected status. In addition, NextFifty Initiative seeks to fund organizations, projects, or programs that target the most underserved in the aging sector, including, but not limited to; black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), disabled, homeless, LGBTQ+, low-income, rural, and vulnerable communities.


The deadline to apply is July 16, 2021, 5:00 PM MDT. Award notifications will be made in late-October. July 2, 2021 is the last day to schedule a call to speak with a staff member about your request.

Next50 will host two cycles of Flexible Support, one that opened on June 1, 2021, and another opening in January 2022 (exact date to be determined).


Who can apply for funds?

Grants will be made to nonprofit entities organized under sections 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(6) of the IRS code that are in good standing with the state or jurisdiction in which the organization resides. Governmental entities are also eligible for funding.

What will NextFifty Initiative consider funding?

Grant requests must be directed toward the aging or the aging-disabled population age 50 and over, or the caregivers of these populations.

More information and  apply.

June 26, 2021

Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative - Grants to States and Communities (Round Two)

ACL has released a second round of funding opportunities for the Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative - Grants to States and Communities program (HHS-2021-ACL-AOA-ADPI-0086). Cooperative agreement grants awarded under this opportunity will support and promote the development and expansion of dementia-capable home and community-based service (HCBS) systems in states and communities. The dementia-capable systems resulting from program activities are expected to provide quality, person-centered services and supports that help individuals living with dementia and their caregiver remain independent and safe in their communities.

There are two application options contained in the single funding opportunity announcement (FOA): Grants to States (Option A) and Grants to Communities (Option B). No entity is eligible to apply for both state and community options.

This funding opportunity closes on Monday, August 2, 2021.

Grant announcement.

May 24, 2021

Community Care Corps Issues Request for Proposals

Community Care Corps, funded by ACL, has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers or directly care for older adults or adults with disabilities. The purpose of the project is to establish, enhance, or grow volunteer programs for family caregivers, older adults, and people with disabilities. Faith and community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, service organizations, and state, county, and local governments are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due by Friday, July 9, 2021.

See the Request for Proposals

May 6, 2021

American Rescue Plan Supplemental Funding for the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program

The American Rescue Plan, recently signed into law, provides $250 million in supplemental funding for the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program (CBCAP) for FY 2021. The Children’s Bureau in HHS normally allocates $60 million in CBCAP funds annually to all states through a formula grant, so the one-time $250 million represents a large and immediate influx of new funds to states.

CBCAP use of funds includes “support the additional needs of families with children with disabilities through respite care and other services.” See Attachment A. While many other prevention services are also authorized under this program, the additional funds may allow state leads to award local grant funds for respite even if they currently do not. A few states, such as Alabama (Respite Evaluation Brief), Illinois and Utah already use CBCAP funds for respite and crisis nurseries. To read more about respite funding as detailed in the CBCAP program, see page 53 of ARCH’s Federal Funding and Support Opportunities for Respite. Attachment B includes state allotments of these supplemental funds.

States have until 2025 to spend these additional funds, but state CBCAP leads will be making decisions in the very near future about how to spend the dollars. ARCH strongly encourages you to reach out to the CBCAP lead in your state to see how you might be able to offer your assistance in dispensing funds for respite and crisis care services to the family caregivers of children with special needs, including parents with disabilities (a priority population to be served by this program), in your networks. Remember to highlight the impact of COVID 19 on children with disabilities and their families.



Ongoing opportunities

RRF Foundation for Aging

RRF Foundation’s grant program supports projects that have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and over. The types of grants they fund include:

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

Priority areas of Funding include:

  • Caregiving
  • Economic Security in Later Life
  • Housing
  • Social and Intergenrational Connectedness

Applications for 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 the RRF Foundation website. 

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.