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The Community Foundation of Broward, Jewish Federation of Broward County, United Way of Broward County announce a joint Request For Proposals for Demonstration Projects for Elder Services 


ISSUE 
Florida has the highest concentration of older Americans in the country and Broward has Florida's fastest growing population of people over 85. Over the next 12 years, seniors who are 80-84 years old will grow by 73% according to Florida Department of Elder Affairs projections from 2017.

Although Broward is widely considered a paradise for retirees, many seniors struggle to live the good life. They need help with everyday activities like driving, cooking, finances, and personal care.  Current services for seniors are fragmented making them hard to find and inaccessible. The wait lists are long.  Seniors will continue to outlive their retirement income and need help that currently is not available.

 
WHY IT MATTERS 
All people deserve to age well and enjoy their golden years.  With scarce (less than 5%) of Broward County government dollars dedicated for seniors, our support is crucial to ensure their quality of life.  With a strengthened caregiver network, reduced senior isolation, improved transportation, creative housing options, and reduced waiting lists for critical services will create a stress-free life for Broward’s elders 80+. 

OUR GOAL 
Based on "The Silver Tsunami: Is Broward Ready?" report, our goal is to address solutions for the themes outlined in the report:
  • Holes in the Safety Net (Systemic Issues) - limited awareness and access to information and difficulty in navigating the system
  • Effects of Isolation (Wellbeing and Wellness) - loneliness/isolation, aging safely and independently in place, limited mobility/lack of transportation, and caregiver burden
  • Limited Finances (Economics and Affordability) - fixed incomes, limited housing options, high medical expenses, unaffordable home care
  • Poor Perception of Elders (Community Perception) - ageism, defining persons by stereotypes, and the importance of cross generational engagement

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
Based on the findings in "The Silver Tsunami: Is Broward Ready?" report, this RFP focuses on reducing social isolation that will entice providers and other community partners to develop a collaborative approach to address this key concern. We are seeking the expertise of the provider community and engaging other community partners to help initiate and implement (a) pilot program(s) that will move the community to create a solution for this challenge.

Projects must meet one or more of the following outcomes:
  • Increased/improved coordinated care, services, and social connections of isolated seniors that foster independence, improved well-being, vitality, functioning, and quality of life
  • Remove transportation barriers for seniors to engage socially
  • Decreased depression with remarkable improvement in mental health
Of special note is that while United Way and Jewish Federation will support projects that serve seniors from 65 and up, the Community Foundation of Broward will grant only to projects that serve seniors age 80+ as this population experiences more acute issues of isolation due to immobility and health issues.

Click here to download the 2019 RFP for Demonstration Projects for Elder Services

Click here to download "The Silver Tsunami: Is Broward Ready?" report

Click here to download the Broward Elder Analysis

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this RFP

HOW TO APPLY

Application Start: March 26, 2019
Application Deadline:April 29, 2019 by Noon per detailed instructions outlined in the RFP
Panel Interviews: May 6-10
Grants Awarded: June 2019
Grant Range: Up to $100,000

 

ELEGIBILITY CRITERIA


Who can Apply? The Collaborative will accept applications from non-profit agencies that have been determined by the Internal Revenue Service as agencies created for a charitable cause—most commonly categorized as 501(c)(3) organizations. Partnerships with governmental agencies and private sector entities are encouraged.

Previous or current grantee organizations must be in good grant standing and have submitted all required reports and documentation for all prior grants from the Foundation. A current grantee must be in compliance with the terms of those awards to be considered and eligible to apply.


 

 
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