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Senior Mobility Initiative

Grants to Bay Area, California Jewish Nonprofits for Transportation and Excursions for Senior Citizens

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Funding Source:

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Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties

Deadline Date:

12/13/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to Bay Area, California nonprofit organizations to provide excursions and transportation for Jewish senior citizens. Funding is intended for Jewish organizations in San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Sonoma and Marin Counties.

The Senior Mobility Initiative consists of two components: 1) Direct Transportation Assistance and 2) Senior Excursions:

Direct Transportation Assistance

Transportation is a matter of health and survival for seniors as it enables access to core activities such as medical appointments, supportive services, and grocery shopping. Direct transportation assistance allows seniors to complete independent living tasks, to attend to their medical needs, and to participate in a wide range of Jewish life by providing easier access to communal and synagogue events.

Grants made for direct transportation assistance will be prioritized for programs that:

  • Serve a less urban population with greater local transportation challenges
  • Serve a higher percentage of low-income seniors
  • Have a track record of strategically utilizing volunteers
  • Have a fair distribution process in place, including methods that ensure funds can be used for senior-serving activities throughout the grant period
  • Work in partnership with other area organizations.

Senior Excursions

Excursions for seniors are typically to arts, cultural, and historical events. Grant funds may be used to cover any program costs including staffing, marketing and outreach, event tickets, meals, and transportation (with the inclusion of caretakers for those who are especially frail). The Foundation expects that events will either be free or heavily subsidized for seniors, as funds are intended to mitigate both financial barriers and mobility challenges.

Grants made for excursions will be prioritized for programs that:

  • Serve a less urban population with greater local transportation challenges
  • Serve a higher percentage of low-income seniors
  • Include less-mobile seniors and their caregivers on trips
  • Have a track record of effectively utilizing volunteers
  • Have a fair distribution process in place, including methods that ensure funds can be used for senior-serving activities throughout the grant period
  • Work in partnership with other area organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187304

Estimated Size of Grant:

Interested and eligible organizations will receive $10,000 - $30,000 grants to facilitate either direct transportation assistance or excursions for seniors.

Term of Contract:

Grant terms are from February 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The commitment is to spread activities across a 17-month grant period and to be actively fundraising to support programs after June 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Criteria:
- Senior-serving 501(c)(3) Jewish organization located in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
- Applying for either direct transportation assistance or senior excursions, but not both
- Minimum of 50 unduplicated seniors served
- Commitment to leverage Federation funding to secure other forms of support to sustain the program past June 2021 as grants may not be renewed (e.g., Federal dollars through the Area Agency on Aging)
- Staff with expertise in senior transportation/excursion needs

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applications will open November 1, 2019 and close at 5 p.m. December 13, 2019.
- Grantees will be notified by January 15.
- Grant terms are from February 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with two payments (February 2020 and July 2020)

Organizations are invited to apply for only one of the two funding components.

Partner organizations will be invited to participate in the Federation’s Culture of Belonging work. The Federation offers both organizational coaching and a community of practice.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Amy Spade Silverman, Senior Program Officer, for guidance and to answer questions before applying.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application for the Direct Transportation Assistance program:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_364?SA=SNA&FID=35378

Online application for the Senior Excursions program:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_364?SA=SNA&FID=35275

Amy Spade Silverman
Senior Program Officer
AmyS@sfjcf.org
415-512-6241

Jewish Community Federation of San Fransisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
121 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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