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Seed Money Available for Local Programs Supporting Grandparents

1/5/2007:   The Brookdale Foundation's Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) is accepting applications for local grants to promote the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who are serving as surrogate parents.

Up to 15 local nonprofit agencies from across the United States will be chosen to each receive $10,000 grants to be distributed over a two-year period, as well as training and technical assistance. Matching support in cash or in-kind will be required of the selected agencies.

The deadline for RFPs is January 11. Guidelines and application forms are available on the Brookdale Foundation's website (www.brookdalefoundation.org). Requests for hard copies of the RFP packets must be made in writing to The Relatives as Parents Program, The Brookdale Foundation Group, 950 Third Avenue, 19th Floor, New York NY 10022. The Brookdale Foundation asks that no phone calls or faxes be made.

RAPP is intended to:

  • award seed grants to local agencies to provide support groups and at least two other supportive services to relative caregivers and their families;

  • encourage cooperation and collaboration among various service systems, such as child welfare, health care, aging, schools, family services, and mental health;

  • ensure the development, expansion and future continuity of local services; and

  • create replicable models of service.

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