RRF: Direct Service Grants

Retirement Research Foundation

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Next deadline: Mar 15, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: May 1, 2021 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Jun 15, 2021 (Letter of inquiry), Aug 1, 2021 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Dec 1, 2021 (Letter of inquiry), Feb 1, 2022 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $133,000

Fields of work: Senior Services Residential Care & Nursing Homes Aging/Gerontology

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky Show all

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About this funder:



The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. RRF’s Responsive Grants program supports projects that have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and over.

Direct Service Grants

The Retirement Research Foundation awards Direct Service Grants for projects that:

  • Increase the availability and effectiveness of comprehensive community programs designed to maintain older persons in their homes; 
  • Provide supportive services to older persons in residential settings, such as congregate living facilities, group homes, and assisted living facilities;
  • Improve the quality of nursing home care;
  • Coordinate the provision of acute- and long-term care for older persons with chronic conditions by supporting efforts that provide continuity of care, prevention, early intervention, and client education;

Provide new and expanded opportunities for older adults to engage in meaningful roles in society such as employment and volunteerism.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Direct Service Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that are:
    • Tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; OR non-profit organizations that are not required to have a 501(c)(3) designation, such as state-funded universities;
    • Located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida;
    • Looking to develop, test, and implement direct service programs or expand existing programs that have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and above.
  • For applicants from universities or hospital organizations, please note that RRF prefers that the applicant is the university or the hospital, rather than a foundation affiliated with the university or hospital.


  • RRF does not fund:
    • General operating support; 
    • Conferences or fundraising events;
    • Governmental agencies, except for state universities, area agencies on aging, and programs of the Veterans Administration.


This page was last reviewed January 06, 2021 and last updated January 06, 2021