access and availability of support, care or services especially for
those with acute or chronic illness and those requiring palliative
- Create positive,
measurable changes in quality.
- Demonstrate more
cost-effective ways of delivering needed services.
- Develop programs
and provide services to those who are traditionally underserved, such
as the immigrant and the economically disadvantaged elderly.
- Increase the
availability and quality of programs that allow older adults to remain
in their homes and delay the need for long-term institutional care.
- Improve the quality-of-life
of the elderly who are residents of long-term care facilities.
- Improve the way
professionals (physicians, nurses, social workers) and paraprofessionals
(nursing aides) care for older adults and help to increase the number
of professionals and paraprofessionals who care for the growing elderly
supported by the Foundation must meet a demonstrable need of New York
City's aging population. They must be designed to deliver services or
alter the behavior of either providers or consumers. They should meet
current needs or lay the groundwork to meet future needs and must
have the potential to become sustainable and self-sufficient without
further funding from the Samuels Foundation. The Foundation is particularly
concerned with the availability and quality of healthcare received by
the elderly. Faced with the realization that the number of elderly people
is growing, the Foundation is committed to using its grant funds to
work toward changing the system for the better.
give priority to programs that will remain in place and grow once our
funding has ended. Therefore, we are looking to fund programs that are
sustainable in the following ways:
program continues to generate revenue, which supports the continued
provision of services to the elderly.
program is or will be eligible for, and takes advantage of reimbursement
mechanisms either from insurance programs or federal, state or local
program will reduce the overall costs of delivering direct services.
These savings will enable the organization or institution to continue
the program after the grant term.
program will continue with other grants or funding, and there is evidence
that the organization has a track record of strong, continuing and
reliable funding streams.
and Selection Criteria
The Foundation makes grants almost exclusively to organizations in the
five boroughs of New York City. Grants will be awarded only to recognized
tax-exempt, publicly supported organizations. Applicant organizations
must provide direct services to the elderly and have the experience
and capability to demonstrate that each grant dollar provides the greatest
benefit to the greatest number of patients and their families.
Foundation's Healthy Aging Program does not give grants to individuals,
nor will it provide funds for general operating support, conferences,
bio-medical research, endowment campaigns, nor ongoing support of demonstrations
beyond the period of the grant. Requests for capital or building projects
are not funded unless necessary for program implementation.
that a proposed program meets the Foundation's geographic and programmatic
guidelines, it will be reviewed using the following criteria:
program will improve the overall quality of life of, or healthcare
service delivery to New York City's elderly;
program has a realistic, achievable work plan and a rational, well
program staff who are to perform the work are experienced and highly
sponsoring organization is stable, competent and committed.
Step One: Contact the Foundation and speak to a healthy aging
program officer to discuss your idea or project.
An applicant to the Foundation should then email a letter of
inquiry. This should not exceed three pages (not including
the cover sheet) and must be on the sponsoring institution's letterhead.
The complete submission should include the following information:
A cover sheet with:
name, address, phone, fax, e-mail and website addresses (if available)
of the institution or organization.
Director's name address, phone, fax, and e-mail (if available)
and exact title of your organization's CEO
total amount of the proposed project's budget
total amount being requested from the Foundation for the project
one-paragraph summary of your program
A three-page letter (1-inch margins, 12pt font) that clearly states
general problems and issues being addressed, and their importance.
brief description of the nature of the program and its significance,
with clear goals and objectives.
recommended approach to care or services that represents an improvement
over how services are delivered now; how the proposed program makes
care or service provision better.
description of the anticipated benefit of the program to older adults,
including the number of individuals that will be impacted.
program's overall significance.
brief summary of the critical activities to be performed, the timeframe
for the proposed program.
brief breakdown of the projected budget including:
amount of the proposed project's budget.
Total amount being requested from the Foundation for the project.
amount committed from other funding sources and/or in-kind for the
successful, the likelihood that the program will be continued by the
institution and the proposed model of sustainability (i.e. reimbursement,
cost savings, etc.).
commitment of the sponsoring institution (e.g. contribution of salaries,
space, overhead, etc.) during and after the grant term.
If You Are Interested In Applying to the Foundation
Letters of inquiry may be sent at any time during the year to the attention
of the Healthy Aging Program Committee. Email your letter of inquiry
to Julio Urbina (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not send any other
supporting materials with your letter of inquiry. Once received, we
will acknowledge the receipt of your letter by e-mail or phone call.
If your proposed program does not meet our criteria, you will be notified
as soon as possible.
If the letter of
inquiry meets the Foundation's criteria as detailed above, a full proposal
may be invited. At that time the Foundation will share with you our
specific guidelines and format to be used in the preparation of the
proposal. Proposals will be carefully reviewed and may, when appropriate,
be sent out for external evaluation. Site visits may be made where necessary.
Personal discussions between applicants and Foundation staff are an
integral part of the application process.
The Foundation's board meets quarterly and must approve all grants.
If you are invited to submit a full proposal, we will work with you
so that your program can be presented to the Board as quickly as possible.
We will not, however, compromise quality and strength of a proposed
program so that it can meet a perceived deadline. Applicants will be
notified if they have been approved or declined for funding within two
weeks of the relevant Board meeting.
Applicants should be aware that the Foundation receives many more requests
for support than it can possibly fund and most applications are not
approved. The Foundation does not assume responsibility for any costs
incurred by applicants in the preparation of their submissions.
are here to help, if at any time you have questions
about our mission or our guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact
our program staff at 212.239.3030 or e-mail us at:
Director, Healthy Aging Program
Deputy Director, Healthy Aging Program