Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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2019 Senior Living RFP

For more than 15 years, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s Senior Living initiative has supported high-quality programs and services that older adults need to be healthy, safe, independent, and engaged.

In just six years, the entire Baby Boom generation will be 60 and over, with the largest population growth occurring in those 85 and older. The U.S. Census Bureau has projected that from 2010 to 2020, Indiana’s population of people 65 years or older will increase rapidly from 13% to 20% of state totals. However, a 2015 census review by the National Research Center found that in St. Joseph County, 20% of the population is already over 60. Many local seniors already face obstacles meeting basic needs, such as housing, food, and healthcare, and with this significant demographic shift, these needs will only continue to grow.    

The purpose of this request for proposals is to encourage a new level of vision, dialogue, and coordination across different sectors and providers to meet current and future needs. The Foundation seeks impactful ideas that demonstrate an understanding of the needs, leverage existing services, and establish and/or form partnerships that will better serve our community’s seniors. We have earmarked $1.5 million over the next three to five years in pursuit of the best possible solutions for our county’s seniors. 

Senior Living Initiative RFP Process Timeline:
  • LOI:  No longer accepting applications (deadline was March 15th). 
  • Results of LOI review will be emailed by April 1, 2019.
  • Successful LOI applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, with a deadline of 5:00 p.m. EST on May 1, 2019.
  • Awards will be announced by the end of June 2019.
Senior Living Initiative RFP Process Information Links:
  • Review Senior Living Initiative RFP grant guidelines carefully before applying.
  • All Senior Living Initiative applications must be submitted through the Foundation's online grant system.‚Äč 
  • The Community Foundation encourages all organizations considering a proposal to consult with Program staff during their proposal development process and prior to submitting a LOI. Suggested Program contacts are Angela Workman ([email protected]) or Emily Slatt ([email protected]). Both Angela and Emily can be reached by phone at (574) 232-0041.