Funding Opportunities

National Paralysis Resource Center Grant Opportunities

Opening Soon
National Paralysis Resource Center
The National Paralysis Resource Center (operated by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation) is announcing two grant funding opportunities through its 2022 first cycle Direct Effect and Expanded Impact Quality of Life grants initiatives that will open for applications on January 26.
Direct Effect (Tier 1) grants are offering up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations for projects that clearly impact individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. 
Expanded Impact (Tier 5) grants are awarded to previously funded QOL grantees whose programs and/or projects have achieved demonstrable, successful impact. Approximately four grants of up to $100,000 each will support significant expansion of strategies and programs that are evidence-based, show innovate promising practices, and/or best practices in the field to improve quality of life for people with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. 
The PRC has made changes to their grantmaking program and recommend visiting their website for an overview of the QOL grant program and the QOL grant application process. Please also read the Eligibility Criteria and Funding Restrictions and Application and Program Guidelines.
A free Application Technical Assistance Webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 2 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET. A Question & Answer period will be provided. 
The PRC is not able to provide individual pre-award assistance either by telephone or email. However, questions about the application process can be submitted to QOL@ChristopherReeve.org. All questions submitted via email will be collected, aggregated, and answered in a Questions and Answers document posted on the website. The deadline for emailed questions is Monday, February 7.
QOL grant applications are available and are to be completed through the online grants portal. The online application submission deadline is Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.
Learn more about past and current Direct Effect and Expanded Impact grants.
Registration for technical assistance webinar: https://tinyurl.com/ReeveFoundationTAWebinar

New Research Funding Opportunities for Minority-Serving Institutions

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
New funding opportunities from ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) have been announced for the Field Initiated (FI) Projects Program for minority-serving institutions.
The purpose of the Field Initiated Projects is to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Another purpose is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

  • Minority-Serving Institution: Research–The purpose of this grant opportunity is to improve the capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct high-quality disability and rehabilitation research and development. In carrying out a research activity under a FIP research grant, a grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions and, based on the hypotheses or research questions identified, perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward producing (1) new scientific knowledge, or (2) better understanding of the subject, problem studied, or body of knowledge. 
  • Minority-Serving Institution: Development–The purpose of this grant opportunity is to improve the capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct high-quality disability and rehabilitation research and development. In carrying out a development activity under a FIP development grant, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols that are beneficial to the target population.

These grant opportunities close on February 8, 2022.
Please visit these links for more details about the grant opportunities and application process. 

New Funding Opportunity for Switzer Research Fellowships Program

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
The purpose of this program is to build research capacity by providing support to highly-qualified individuals, including those who have disabilities, to conduct research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Fellows must conduct original research in an area authorized by section 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. This may include research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, the purposes of which are to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities.
NIDILRR plans to make six fellowship awards under this opportunity. Fellowship awards will have one 12-month project period.
This grant opportunity closes on February 22, 2022.
View more details and application instructions.

New Grant Opportunities: Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services (INNU)

Administration on Community Living
ACL has released two INNU Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for cooperative agreements to establish or replicate innovative approaches to enhance the quality, effectiveness, and outcomes of nutrition programs and services within the aging services network.

Questions about either funding opportunity should be directed to Ms. Judy Simon.
Application Deadline: March 10, 2022
Apply for these grants.

Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services – Replication

HHS-2022-ACL-AOA-INNU-0040
The purpose of this FOA is to replicate selected successful, completed INNU grants that have demonstrated positive senior nutrition program participant impacts. In addition to the requirements outlined in the FOA, four Replication Model Toolkits are available, which describe each project and provide resources for replication. Applicants select one project to replicate.
Time Period: 36-month program period        
Ceiling: $150,000 per budget year        
Required Match: 25%

Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services – Research

HHS-2022-ACL-AOA-INNU-0017
This FOA includes two project approaches. Applicants select one project model to implement:
Project Model A: Demonstrate Congregate Meal Program Impact on Nutrition, Socialization, Health, and Well-being Outcomes.
Project Model B: Evaluate and Sustain Effective, Non-Traditional Senior Nutrition Program Delivery Models.
Proposals create partnerships between universities, tribal colleges and universities, or other research organizations in collaboration with aging services organizations to test innovative programs or practices for the senior nutrition program.
Time Period: 60-month project period    
Award Ceiling: $600,000 per year    
Required Match: 25%

Specialized Health and Safety Projects Provided by Organizations

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health seeks organizations to provide expert professional consultation, evaluation, and coordination of services to address specialized health care and health safety related issues. Eligible organizations include health care and safety quality improvement organizations, health advocacy organizations, hospitals, medical centers, provider advocacy organizations, health care or related membership organizations, schools of public health, medical schools, and organizations with specialized expertise in emergency preparedness or public health. Health care consulting firms are not eligible for this contract.
Bids opened on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
Solicitation details for Specialized Health and Safety Projects by Org

Specialized Health and Safety Projects Provided by Individuals

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health seeks specialized health care and health safety related professional consulting services. Health care and safety specialist individuals and single member LLCs are eligible to apply.
Bids opened on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
Solicitation details for Specialized Projects Provided by Individuals

Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (2.0) – Advancing Dementia Care/Emergency Medicine Foundation/West Health Institute Pilot Project Grant Opportunity

Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (GEAR)
The Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (GEAR) has announced that applications are open for their Advancing Dementia Care (GEAR 2.0 – ADC) / Emergency Medicine Foundation / West Health Institute Pilot Project Grant Opportunity.
The goal of these pilot project grants is to promote transdisciplinary research in geriatric emergency medicine that will advance emergency medical care for persons living with dementia and their care partners. The GEAR 2.0 research priorities are: Care Transitions, Communication & Shared Decision Making, Detection, and Emergency Department Practices.
Up to four awards will be available for July 2022-June 2023. An updated RFA released on the EMF website should be used.
Applications are due by February 4, 2022.

Learn more about the the Geriatric Emergency Care funding opportunities.

New Research Funding Opportunities for Minority-Serving Institutions

Administration on Community Living

New Research Funding Opportunities for Minority-Serving Institutions
New funding opportunities from ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) have been announced for the Field Initiated (FI) Projects Program for minority-serving institutions.
 The purpose of the Field Initiated Projects is to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Another purpose is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

  • Minority-Serving Institution: Research–The purpose of this grant opportunity is to improve the capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct high-quality disability and rehabilitation research and development. In carrying out a research activity under a FIP research grant, a grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions and, based on the hypotheses or research questions identified, perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward producing (1) new scientific knowledge, or (2) better understanding of the subject, problem studied, or body of knowledge. 
  • Minority-Serving Institution: Development–The purpose of this grant opportunity is to improve the capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct high-quality disability and rehabilitation research and development. In carrying out a development activity under a FIP development grant, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols that are beneficial to the target population.

Please visit the links above for more details about the grant opportunities and application process. These grant opportunities close on February 8, 2022.
For the full listing of currently funded projects, browse by funding mechanism or NIDILRR outcome domains and support areas, or search the full database

Learn More at ACL Funding News.

Recent Funding Opportunities to Expand Access to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for Individuals with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

These opportunities are provided through the work of multiple federal agencies providing services to individuals with disabilities, including:

  • Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HH
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), ED
  • Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), ED
  • Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), ED

Learn more about these opportunities: https://tinyurl.com/CompetitiveIntegratedEmploy

Policy and Advocacy

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Overview:

Building communities that are responsive to the needs of older people is essential if our society is to remain relevant and responsive to this growing population. Responsive societies rely on the contributions of everyone; older people are an asset and contribute their experience and knowledge to our communities. Tufts Health Plan Foundation will make investments that promote healthy living across the life span with an emphasis on older people. We will move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on under-represented communities and include older people in the process.

Engaging in policy and advocacy is essential to building healthy communities. Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports policy and/or systems-level change leading to age-friendly communities.

Advocacy includes purposeful and intentional activities to educate and inform decision-makers as well as activities that involve older people as essential stakeholders in policy and systems change. Organizing efforts should recognize older people as important assets to community and ensure their voices are elevated and heard. Organizing work should promote policies leading to age-friendly communities.

Proposals should:

  • Impact healthy aging
  • Be inclusive (i.e., engage older people)
  • Increase equity, especially for communities of color
  • Be collaborative

Timeline:

  • Information Session Webinar: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (New date added)
  • Letters of Intent Due Friday, July 23, 2021
  • Notification of Invitation Friday, August 20, 2021
  • Full Proposals Due Friday, October 1, 2021
  • Notification of Award Friday, December 17, 2021
  • Grant Period January 1 – December 31

Register for webinar: https://tinyurl.com/TuftsInfoWebinar

More information: https://tinyurl.com/TuftsPolicyAndAdvoacy