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The Grotta Fund for Senior Care provides grant support to agencies which benefit older adults and their families and help them to age in place independently, safely and with dignity in their homes and communities. Grotta directs its program grant support to seniors living primarily in Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset counties.
Grotta is a community advisory fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest NJ, created in 2003 with the proceeds from the sale of the Theresa Grotta Center for Rehabilitative Services. Grants are selected through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process in two grant cycles each year. In each cycle, the RFP highlights a particular program focus or seeks grants which support Grotta’s overall mission. Grant selections are made on a non-sectarian basis.
Grotta has awarded more than $3.7 million dollars in grants to 47 agencies benefiting seniors from 2003- present. Our aim is to support local agencies to implement new evidence-based models that deliver more cost effective and beneficial care, advance practice change and innovation, support team-based care and collaborations and encourage senior-friendly and safe living. In recent years, grant-supported programs ranged from care coordination, shared housing, arts enrichment, volunteerism benefiting and among seniors, to spiritual enrichment, geriatric mental health programs and health education and promotion.
In 2011, Grotta became acutely aware of the high readmissions rates in New Jersey hospitals. Its first statewide conference, held on March 15, 2011 drew more than 140 attendees who heard from the leading developers in the field of national models for improved continuity and coordination of care. In addition, for the past two years Grotta has awarded grants totaling almost $500,000 for care transitions personnel employing proven models and target complex patients who often experience frequent readmissions. Grotta’s commitment to improving care transitions in NJ continues today
The Grotta Fund awards grants through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process in two cycles each year. In each cycle, the RFP highlights a particular program focus or seeks grants which support Grotta’s overall mission. Grant selections are made on a non-sectarian basis. For the current RFP, click here, or enter through Seeking a Grant.
Since 2011, the Fund’s priority funding cycle has targeted improving care transitions efforts for seniors in New Jersey, as they transition from one care setting to another, and reducing avoidable hospitalizations. Current grantees, four collaborations of hospitals and community-based organizations, are working on building sustainable partnerships and collective impact. Through Grotta’s funding and in collaboration with other funders, transitional care in New Jersey is improving, leading to better coordination of services across hospitals, nursing homes, and community based organization settings