The Grotta Fund makes valuable contributions to communities in Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset counties, in fulfilling its mission to benefit older adults and their families and help them to age in place successfully. Since its founding as an Advisory Council fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest NJ in 2003, the Grotta Fund has awarded approximately $3.94 million in grants to more than 50 agencies serving seniors. These grants help to improve healthcare quality and health outcomes, reduce isolation and socio-economic challenges, and improve access to and delivery of community-based services.
Grotta is a recognized funder and catalyst for pilot programs and enhanced direct service provisions, ranging from geriatric case management, home safety, and prevention education to the integration of mental health and physical health.
In addition, the Grotta Fund serves as a convener of stakeholders on leading senior issues, to foster formation of collaborative projects between and among organizations and amplify benefits to communities.
At conferences, in 2011 and 2013, more than 250 healthcare and social service professionals were encouraged to implement models of care transitions and improve care coordination, with measurable improved outcomes for seniors.
To leverage research and demonstrated advancements in care and services, the Fund encourages the use of nationally recognized evidence-based models and programs.
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.