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RRF Foundation for Aging is Accepting Applications

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
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RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly The Retirement Research Foundation) is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle. The deadline is May 1, 2021.

During the last 43 years, RRF has awarded over 5,000 grants worth more than $255 million—all dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people. RRF’s strategic plan demonstrates this commitment and focuses the Foundation’s grantmaking on four priority areas:

  • Caregiving
  • Economic Security in Later Life
  • Housing
  • Social and Intergenerational Connectedness

While the priority areas reflect RRF’s primary funding interests, the Foundation will remain open to considering compelling applications on other topics (on a selective basis.)

RRF was one of the first private foundations to focus exclusively on aging issues, and it has always had a very integrated approach to its grantmaking. The Foundation continues to support advocacy, direct service, professional education/training, research, and organizational capacity building efforts.

Proposals for direct service projects are considered from organizations based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations in any state. Organizational capacity building requests are accepted from nonprofits located in Illinois.

RRF offers an opportunity for applicants to submit a brief (1-3 pages) Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as part of its grantmaking process. While optional, submission of an LOI is strongly encouraged. Information about the LOI process can be found on RRF’s website. LOIs should be submitted online at by March 15, 2021, for the May 1st proposal deadline.

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