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LeadingAge's Innovations Fund

  Innovations FundPlease note: Our 2014 Innovations Fund application period is over. Thank you for your submissions and congratulations to our award winners:

  •  CJE SeniorLife, Chicago, IL
  • Hearth, Inc., Boston, MA
  • National Church Residences, Columbus, OH
  • Christopher Community, Inc., Syracuse, NY
  • Volunteers of America, Alexandria, VA
  • Front Porch, Burbank, CA
  • Fair Share Northgate II, Camden, NJ

We will be updating this page with a new request for proposals in the spring of 2014 for the 2015 funding period. In the meantime, the 2014 submission guidelines are available below.

The LeadingAge Innovations Fund is designed to catalyze innovation among our members to develop programs that have the potential for demonstrable impact on residents, clients, families, employees or the broader community and have the potential for replication. 

Grants from the Innovations Fund are made possible through the generosity of LeadingAge members and a matching grant from the NewCourtland Foundation.

The 2014 round seeks to identify promising strategies for linking health and supportive services with congregate housing settings to help low-income residents meet their needs and safely age in their home and community. Projects may include services in any area and be delivered through any mechanism.

It is our hope that, by showing promising practices through projects funded by the Innovation Fund, we will influence both policy and practice in years to come.

Up to 8 grants will be awarded for a maximum amount of $25,000 per grant. This is twice as many grants as were awarded in 2013.

Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants 
  • Applicant must be a LeadingAge provider member.
  • Associate members and business affiliates are not eligible.
  • Organizations that are not LeadingAge members may be a partner in the proposed project. However, a LeadingAge member must be the primary applicant and must play a significant role in the project.

Eligible Activities

  • Projects must focus on low-income elderly.
  • Projects must take place in independent, congregate senior housing settings. Applicants and/or project partners may be providers of other residential settings or services; however, the project activities must focus on non-licensed, congregate housing settings.

Ineligible Activities

The following activities are not-eligible for funding:

  • Capital or construction campaigns.
  • Conference or convention sponsorship.
  • Endowments or annual appeals.
  • Individual scholarships, fellowships or support.
  • Lobbying.
  • General operating support.

Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted online through the MyLeadingAge.org portal. To access and submit the application, you must have a MyLeadingAge.org account.

Preview a Copy of the Grant Application and Budget Form

(Please note that the above are for your reference only. In order to submit an application, you will need to complete the online application process available at the link below).

Access the Grant Application

Applications are due July 19, 2013. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected or not during the first half of October.

We held a conference call (the recording of which is now available) for LeadingAge provider members interested in submitting an Innovations Fund proposal. During the call, we discussed components of a good application and took questions from applicants.

About the NewCourtland Foundation

An affiliate of NewCourtland, a leading, non-profit provider of community services, housing, a nursing home, education and workforce development and LeadingAge member headquartered in Philadelphia, The NewCourtland Foundation supports not-for-profit organizations that have a stated mission of providing housing and/or programming to low-income seniors. 

The foundation’s commitment will also extend to train and educate personnel who work, or wish someday to work, in support of those seniors.

At the present time, funding activities of the NewCourtland Foundation are restricted to the joint venture with LeadingAge.

The NewCourtland Foundation will work jointly with LeadingAge to administer the grants, which will be awarded in increments of up to $25,000.

 

More About the Innovations Fund

2012 Innovations Fund Recipients

We are pleased to announce the first-round recipients of grants from our Innovations Fund. The first-year grants were given to projects that focused on the importance of bringing housing and services together to allow lower-income elderly to safely age in place.

Innovations Fund Prospectus

The transformation of our field will occur at the intersection of innovative services developed by our members; disciplined, applied research to study the efficacy of those services; and sound public policy formulation to support effective practices. The LeadingAge Innovations Fund will help us continue this great work.

Pledge Form

Innovation and transformation of the field, however, will require support that transcends annual budget temporalities. We ask you to consider a donation to the fund.

About the NewCourtland Foundation

An affiliate of NewCourtland, a leading, non-profit provider of community services, housing, a nursing home, education and workforce development and LeadingAge member headquartered in Philadelphia, The NewCourtland Foundation supports not-for-profit organizations that have a stated mission of providing housing and/or programming to low-income seniors. The Foundation’s commitment will also extend to train and educate personnel who work, or wish someday to work, in support of those seniors. At the present time, funding activities of the NewCourtland Foundation are restricted to the joint venture with LeadingAge. The NewCourtland Foundation will work jointly with LeadingAge to administer the grants, which will be awarded in increments of up to $25,000.