Funding Opportunities


October 18, 2019

Guidewell Health Innovation Challenge: Caring for Caregivers

Deadline is November 15, 2019

The Caring for Caregivers Challenge is a national challenge designed to motivate the development of novel, comprehensive approaches that enable family caregivers to provide in-home care of adult family members in a manner that improves the quality of life for both caregivers and care recipients; provides a holistic approach to healthy, happy lifestyles for caregiving families; reduces stress, burnout, and financial burdens associated with caring for adult family members; and is affordable and accessible for everyone and connected into community resources

Applicants should be able to address a minimum of two of the following challenge areas:

  • Novel approaches for reducing family caregiver stress

  • Social inclusion for both caregivers and care recipients

  • Provision of financial, legal or health care advisory assistance

  • Employer-based solutions/resources to assist employee-caregivers

  • Increasing independence for family care recipientsEnabling healthy, happy lifestyles for caregiving families

  • Developing healthy habits for caregiving families – nutrition, exercise, social integration

  • Improving accessibility: healthy foods, prescriptions, other supplies

  • Affordable, holistic care for family care recipients

Eligibility Criteria

GuideWell is seeking innovative companies or non-profits with programs, platforms, technology systems or services that have the potential to provide a comprehensive resource network for family caregivers.

The Caring for Caregivers Challenge is open to:

  • For-profit and non-profit organizations that earned a minimum of $250,000 in 2018 revenues.

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to develop and sustainably deploy innovative, scalable approaches that support the mental, social and economic health of family caregivers and improve their ability to care for loved ones.

Applicants may consist of a team of diverse organizations that come together to jointly develop novel, scalable approaches. Eligible team members can include innovative for-profit companies, non-profit organizations and individual subject matter experts. Team-based applicants must include at least two established corporate/non-profit entities on a team that jointly earned a minimum of $500,000 in 2018 revenues. Academic institutions and public-sector organizations are not directly eligible, but individuals from these organizations can participate as subject matter experts.

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August 21

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center 

Grant Cycle opens September 9, 2019

***Prior grantees are now able to re-apply after one year from notification of past grant closure by the Reeve Foundation.***

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center announces grant funding opportunities through its 2nd Cycle 2019 Direct Effect Quality of Life (Tier 1) and High Impact Priority Quality of Life (Tiers 2, 3, & 4) 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 90PRRC0002-02-00).

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. High Impact Priority QOL grants fund projects in the following high-priority areas: Tier 2 – Transportation, Respite/Caregiving, and Disaster Response (grants up to $30,000); Tier 3 – Nursing Home Transition (grants up to $40,000); and Tier 4 – Employment (grants up to $50,000).

Organizations that have previously been awarded a Quality of Life grant in any category may re-apply after one year from notification of grant closure by the Reeve Foundation. The 2019 Second Cycle Direct Effect and High Impact Priority grant period will start on January 1, 2020; therefore, prior grantees who have received notification of grant closure for their past award by January 2019 are eligible to apply.

We encourage you to read the Application and Program Guidelines, which include new Eligibility Criteria, 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 Monday, September 16th 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, October 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

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, September 20th.

2nd Cycle 2019 Quality of Life Grants Program Calendar

• Open Direct Effect and High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants Cycle – 9/9/19

• Quality of Life Grants Application Technical Assistance Webinar – 9/16/19 from 3:00 – 4:00 EST.

• Application Submission Deadline – 10/22/19

• Applicants Notified Via Email – mid- to late-December

• Projects start – 1/1/20

• Projects close – 12/31/20

August 2019

Jean Griswold Foundation Grants for Respite

The 2020 grant application process will be open from September 16th, 2019 through October 31st, 2019. Sign up to be notified as soon as the application is available.

Past Guidelines (these may change when new application process opens in September 2019):

• Applicants must be a registered 501C nonprofit.

• Service location must be within 21 miles of a Griswold Home Care office located within multiple states. To check location of home care offices go to and enter your zip code.

• Your agency's mission must align with the objectives of Jean Griswold Foundation; those served must qualify as low income, population served must be elderly and or disabled individuals, and your programming must support an individual's goal of aging in place.

Grants range from $500 to $2,000. Funds must be utilized from January 1st of a calendar year through December 31st of that year. Two reports are required during the grant year; a mid-year report and a year-end report to remain in good standing with the foundation.


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.