NCRC Announces RFP for Initiative to Empower Older Adults

“We’re pleased that Atlantic Philanthropies has recognized the contribution of NCRC to this issue. We all have a stake in ensuring that older citizens, one of America’s most vulnerable populations, don’t fall prey to hardship. Now is a critical time to address these issues, because many older Americans were severely affected by the recent cycle of irresponsible lending,” Taylor said.

National Neighbors Silver will bring community, public, and private sector partners together utilizing structured, neighborhood-focused outreach, education, and advocacy to benefit older adults. The National Neighbors Silver grant will fund regional advocacy networks, facilitated by local organizers. NCRC will select 5 organizations over three funding cycles, for a total of 15 organizations. Each funding cycle for this program will last three years.

Edward Gorman, NCRC’s Chief Membership and Workforce Officer, said “Along with our community based member organizations, NCRC fights tirelessly for inclusion, opportunity, economic stability, and empowerment for all Americans. We are pleased that the National Neighbors Silver initiative will advance this fight, focusing on the financial health and wellbeing of America’s older citizens.”

The full Request for Proposals (RFP) is available for download: NNS Request for Proposal (RFP)

Unless otherwise specified, all documents should be formatted and submitted as PDF files by 5 pm EST on Friday, March 4th, 2011. Applications should be sent electronically via email to nns@ncrc.org. Direct any inquiries about the program or the proposal submission process to nns@ncrc.org. Please direct all media inquires to Jesse Van Tol at (202) 464-2709 or jvantol@ncrc.org.


Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to be an NCRC member to apply for this grant?

Yes, you must be a member of NCRC member by the time your proposal is submitted to NCRC. But, you have plenty of time to join our organization! For information about becoming a member, or to renew your membership, visit http://ncrc.org/get-involved/become-a-member

How do I create a logic model? Is a logic model required to apply?

For a detailed manual and information about constructing logic models, NCRC recommends visiting the Kellogg Foundation website resource at http://www.wkkf.org/knowledge-center/resources/2010/Logic-Model-Development-Guide.aspx. Logic models are not required at the time of proposal submission, but are preferred. If your organization is selected for NNS funding, completed logic models will be due to NCRC by April 9th, 2011.

I want to apply for this grant, but I don’t have a local organizer or ambassador in mind to bring onto the project. Can I still apply?

NCRC prefers that you identify specific staff that can begin to implement the program goals of National Neighbors Silver, but pointing to specific personnel in your proposal is not required.

My current funders do not allow us to engage in advocacy or organizing work. Can I still apply for this grant?

Organizing and advocacy really make up the foundation of the NNS program . The NNS program may not be the best match for you if organizing and advocacy is not allowed by your current funders.

What if I can’t demonstrate that I’ve secured match funding at the time I submit my proposal to NCRC?

If interested groups are unable to demonstrate match funding for all three years at the time of the 2011 RFP that is understandable. A letter of interest for the first year $10,000 match is preferred, but not mandatory, at the time of proposal submission.

However, the more that your organization can demonstrate that funding is lined up for the first year, and planned for subsequent program years, the more likely your proposal will be assessed favorably. For instance, if your group has a proven track record with funding entities, your ability to demonstrate the success of past funding partnerships will be helpful to your proposal.

If groups are unable to secure planned match funding for the first, second, or third year of the grant, NCRC will not continue its funding or in-kind support.

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About the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC):
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development, and vibrant communities for America’s working families.
About the Atlantic Philanthropies:
The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic focuses on four critical social problems: Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health, and Reconciliation & Human Rights. Programmes funded by Atlantic operate in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam. To learn more, please visit: www.atlanticphilanthropies.org.


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