Spring 2019 Funding Guidelines and Grants Process
The Grotta Fund’s core mission is to improve the lives of older adults. Funding is aimed at programs and initiatives to benefit older adults living in the Greater MetroWest NJ region (Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset counties) and facilitate their ability to "age in place" with dignity, security, and purpose, and increase empowerment.
We seek to support grants to non-profit organizations that are either new programs or expansions/enhancements of existing programs. While this is a one-year grant, we are especially seeking programs that focus on one or more of the following aspects:
- • Part of a long-term approach
- • Pilot of an innovative solution
- • Continuation of work on a specified problem/issue, e.g. second stage work
- • Involve a collaboration of agencies to address a difficult challenge of older adults.
Applicants may request up to $35,000 and we will favor those that leverage other funding, in-kind contributions, or other support.
Application deadline: May 15, 2019, 5 pm
Notification of Decision: June 29, 2019
Grant Period: July 2019-June 2020 or as determined
New grantee Orientation: July 24, 2019 (by invitation only)
Fund Request: up to $35,000
Link to the on-line application: On line application.
Access Code: GrottaSp19
Applicants must serve older adults living in Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset counties. New agencies as well as agencies previously funded by Grotta are encouraged to apply. An agency seeking second or third-year program support from the Grotta Fund will be judged on the impact of the additions to the program and will be expected to show planned growth and/or transition plans toward self-sustaining or government-funded status.
Grants are rarely funded beyond three years; applicants seeking longer than three years of funding must seek prior approval to submit from the Grotta Fund Director.
All applicants are expected to show strong program commitment by leadership, and a match or partial funding of proposed program (min. of 25%), by the sponsoring organization or other funders. An organization may not submit more than one application.
- • Not-for-profit charitable organizations classified as exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or governmental entities
- • Tax-supported institutions such as a school or government agency
- • New or emerging organizations are permitted to apply when using a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors assume legal and financial responsibility for the activities of a person or group engaged in work that furthers the fiscal sponsor’s mission.
- • Organizations serving Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset county residents
The Fund will not accept applications from the lead organization currently engaging in a multi-year grant funded by Grotta. In addition, the Fund does not award grants for the following purposes:
- • Ongoing core program.
- • Core operations and administrative expenses, unrelated to the intended program.
- • Individuals
- • Endowments, including academic chairs and scholarships, annual appeals, debt reduction
- • Private foundations and private operating foundations
- • Capital campaigns and major building construction
- • Political candidates
- • Pure research
- • Payment for direct medical and psychological services to individuals and/or other services that are also covered through individual payments by Medicaid or Medicare.
Initially, your application will be reviewed by the Director, by the members of the Grants Committee and finally by the full council. During the review process, you may be asked to answer additional or clarifying questions and make agreed-upon clarifying revisions to this application. On occasion we ask an applicant to host members of Council and the Director for a site visit, in person or by Zoom.
Once approved, most grants will require you to submit a signed grant agreement before funds can be released. You will receive a request from the online grants system to complete this agreement.
Grotta grantees will be invited to share their projects with other grantees and the Grotta Council members at learning and sharing sessions. Participation is expected and will be designed around the grantees’ interests and needs.
If you are awarded a grant, we require an interim, mid-term report and final status report one month following the end of the grant period. All reporting requirements are outlined in the grant agreement. Organizations are required to submit all reports using the grants on-line portal.
If you need to request a modification to your grant- i.e. no-cost extension or budget revision, you will need to contact Renie Carniol, by phone or email, to approve the changes.