2018 Family Caregiving Grant Opportunity

The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry from Northern California nonprofit organizations for projects designed to provide education, skills training, and/or respite to family caregivers. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded.

The foundation is particularly interested in supporting innovative, cost-effective projects that will help sustain and relieve caregivers providing home care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Projects should fill a gap in existing caregiver services and supports, and benefit lower- and middle-income families that do not qualify for government assistance.

Grants may be used to initiate or expand a dementia care training effort. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

-  Evidence-based interventions
-  Dementia sensitivity trainings
-  First responder trainings
-  Volunteer respite care programs

Please note that the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation does not provide grants for ongoing program support, general operations, individuals, fundraising events, conferences, endowments, or capital campaigns.

Program Background
The Dorothy Rupe Caregiver Program at the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation was inspired by our founder’s experience with his late wife’s illness, and his difficulty in finding suitably trained, compassionate nursing assistants to care for her in their home. Since 2000, the foundation has provided support to the Dorothy D. Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program at Santa Barbara City College, resulting in the training and certification of approximately 115 professional caregivers annually. In 2012, the foundation broadened its support to CNA/HHA programs throughout the California Community College System. Mindful of the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the foundation also wishes to extend its support to unpaid or family caregivers, who provide most of the long-term care in the U.S.

For a list of recent grants, please visit http://www.rupefoundation.org/programs/caregiver.php.

Eligibility
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or agencies in Northern California are eligible to apply.

How to Apply
Letters of inquiry are accepted online at https://www.grantinterface.com/rupe/Common/LogOn.aspx.

First-time applicants will be required to create a new account prior to accessing the online application. After creating an account and logging on, click on Apply, then select the blue button under the header “Project Grants – Letter of Inquiry” to access the LOI form.

LOIs must include the following:

-  An overview of the organization, community, and population served
-  Amount requested and other source(s) of support, if applicable
-  A brief description of the project to be funded and rationale for support
-  Project goals and anticipated outcomes
-  Project timeline and evaluation methods

After submission, the foundation may contact the organization with questions or a request for additional information. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration.

Deadlines
LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered throughout the year.

Contact
For questions, additional information, or technical assistance, please contact Christine Northup, Program Officer, at Christine@anrf.net or (805) 687-8586.