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2019 Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) Local and Regional Initiatives

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Develop
Services for Relative Caregivers

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Brookdale Foundation Group - Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP)

Deadline Date:

06/12/19 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants of $15,000 to USA nonprofits to develop new services or expand existing services that support caregivers who have taken on the role of surrogate parents to young relatives. Funding is intended to be used over a two-year period to develop the program activities. Priority will be given to organizations that have access to relative caregivers, provide supportive services, and demonstrate broad community involvement and support.

Agencies that are not currently part of the Brookdale Relatives As Parents Program may propose new services/programs to caregivers and their families. Expanded services may be proposed by agencies that are currently part of the Brookdale Relatives As Parents Program that wish to initiate additional services or replicate their programs in another area.

A Community Advisory Committee should be established to facilitate the program goals. The goals of the programs are:
- Supportive services to relative caregivers and the children they are raising, with emphasis on relative caregiving families that are not in the formal foster care system;
- Start new or expand current services in response to caregiver and family needs;
- Services and assistance to relative caregivers and the children in their care must include regular ongoing support, educational or social groups and at least two of the following: benefits and legal guidance, educational seminars. individual and/or family counseling, health care services, childcare, housing assistance, children’s services, group recreational activities, transportation assistance, services to special populations, services with local schools, mental health services, and other programmatic initiatives
- Establish collaboration with community organizations and other service systems such as family services, child care, aging, education, legal, health care, mental health and extension services;
- Initiate programs that have assurance of continuity beyond the two-year grant period; and
- Create replicable models of cost-effective, quality services across the region.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183607

Number of Grants:

Up to 15

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each selected organization will receive a seed grant of $15,000 ($10,000 and $5,000 respectively), contingent on progress made during year one and potential for continuity in the future. Ongoing technical assistance will also be provided.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The sponsoring organization must have a 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status. Organizations from all across the USA are eligible to apply.

Grant recipients will be eligible to apply for renewed funding at the end of their two- year grant period if they have demonstrated tangible results.

Sponsors proposing activities in a broad geographic area are subject to the following additional guidelines:
- Sponsors will be responsible for serving a broad geographic area and support the development of a variety of local or regional group activities.
- Sponsors must demonstrate that they have experience in developing and operating services for relative caregivers and their families.

Seed grant funds cannot be used:
- For building funds, renovations or capital improvements;
- To support existing services; or
- For indirect costs or overhead.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Selected applicants will be required to attend, as a guest of the Foundation, an Orientation and Training Conference to be held October 24-26, 2019 in Teaneck, NJ.

The sponsor must show linkages to other community agencies. Letters of support from collaborating agencies should be included in the appendix of the proposal and reflect the kinds of supportive services and activities they will contribute to this project.

The seed grant must be matched 100%, either in-kind or in cash before the initiation of the program. The source of matching financial support may be the sponsor, other community agencies or public/private funds.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Hard copies of the grant proposal are to be mailed to:
The Brookdale Foundation Group
300 Frank W. Burr Blvd., Suite 13
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Or, emailed as attachments to:

For further information, contact:
Melinda Perez-Porter, Director
Relatives As Parents Program
Phone: 201-836-4602
Fax: 201-836-4382

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming