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Expansion of the Classic Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (Classic NORC) Program and Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (Neighborhood NORC) Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits for Support
Networks to Enable the Elderly to Age in Place

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New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA)

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02/01/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations to establish support networks and systems that enable elderly individuals to age in place, maintain independence, and enhance their quality of life. Funding is intended for programs that involve older residents in the design and implementation of the services.

Classic and neighborhood NORC programs, collectively known as the NORC program, coordinate a broad range of health and social services to help support older residents to age in their own homes and they utilize the strength of the older residents in the design, implementation, and prioritization of services and activities.

The intent of the NORC program is to facilitate and integrate the health and social services already available in the community, as well as organize those necessary to help meet the goal of enabling older adults to remain at home. The overarching goal of a NORC program is to maximize the health of its community. NORC programs are proactive in their approach, seeking to expand and strengthen the connections older adults have in and to their communities before a crisis occurs.

NORC programs operate through multi-disciplinary partnerships and represent a mix of public and private entities and provide on-site services and activities. At the core of each partnership are social service and health care providers; housing managers or representatives of neighborhood associations; and, most important, the community’s residents, especially its older residents. These core partners connect to many other stakeholders in a community - typically, local businesses; civic, religious, and cultural institutions; public and private funders; and local police and other public safety agencies. By harnessing these resources for a common interest, NORC programs help to transform the community into a place in which older adults can successfully remain.

In addition to supporting older residents to age successfully, the NORC program models also promote community change. It offers new opportunities to 1) empower older adults to take on new roles in shaping communities that work for them, 2) weave a tighter social fabric and foster connections among residents, and 3) maximize the well-being of all older adults in the NORC program.

A NORC program is built from the ground up, in response to what it learns about the community after assessing that community. Inevitable challenges to healthy aging often include environmental factors, social factors, health and social service gaps, transportation difficulties, lack of infrastructure, or a frayed social fabric.

A NORC program identifies strengths to be harnessed and they are positioned to design and implement a responsive program that integrates: community engagement (i.e. education programming, community action initiatives, and opportunities for older adults to take on new roles), social work services provided to individuals, caregivers, and groups of older adults and health care related services addressing both individual health management needs and the health of the community.

Applications must demonstrate an understanding that successful NORC programs are coordinating programs with the goal of creating a supportive community in an organized and integrated setting that builds upon the strengths and aspirations of the residents. It is not expected that applicants selected for funding will be operating at full capacity at the start of the contract period. NYSOFA understands that new programs need time to establish themselves and will have to make adjustments based on resident feedback. Applications should be realistic and demonstrate a plan for growing and adapting the program over the term of the contract.

NORC programs provide a wide range of services that will help older adult residents maintain their independence, improve their quality of life, and maximize their well-being, however, all programs must provide the priority services of:

- Case management,
- Information and assistance,
- Healthcare management, and
- Healthcare assistance and monitoring.

Additional optional services should include a wide range of other services that match the varied needs and interests of all older adults in the community. Optional services include, but are not limited to:
- Assisted transportation,
- Personal care level I (housekeeping/chore),
- Personal care level II (home care),
- Counseling,
- Telephone reassurance,
- Shopping assistance,
- Friendly visiting,
- Residential repair and maintenance,
- Personal Emergency Response System (PERS),
- Education/recreation groups,
- Health promotion,
- Support groups,
- Individual and/or group transportation, and
- Outreach.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177964

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Number of Grants:

NYSOFA anticipates a maximum of 6 applicants may be selected to operate a Classic NORC program and an additional maximum of 7 applicants may be selected to operate a Neighborhood NORC program.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award for classic NORC programs will be $200,000. The minimum award for neighborhood NORC programs will be $60,000 for a twelve-month period.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants will enter into a fiveand-a-half-year contract, commencing on July 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Applicant must be a not-for-profit agency specializing in housing, health or other human services which serves or would serve the community within which the proposed naturally occurring retirement community is located.

It is not required that the Applicant agency be the sole provider of NORC services, but it is required that the Applicant agency at a minimum actively manage and coordinate the provision of such services.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline (subject to revision):
- 11/09/18: Release of Request for Applications
- 11/28/18: Last date to submit questions regarding RFA by 4:00 PM on this date.
- 12/14/18: Answers to questions issued/posted
- 02/01/19: Application packages much be submitted via Grants Gateway by 4:00 PM on this date.
- 04/01/19: Anticipated date to notify successful applicants
- 07/01/19: Contract commences
- 12/31/24: Contract ends

Prospective applicants may submit written questions to Jennifer Unser, who is the designated contact.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time. This will allow sufficient opportunity for the applicant to obtain assistance and take corrective action should there be a technical issue with the submission process.

In addition to Grants Gateway registration, all nongovernmental Not for Profit (NFP) applicants must be Prequalified at the time and date that the application is due. If you are not Prequalified at that time and date, your application will not be considered.

There is a matching funds requirement. Successful applicants will be required to provide total matching funds of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the state funding that is awarded. For Classic NORCs, at least fifty percent (50%) of the total matching funds required must be contributed by the housing development governing body or other owners or managers and residents of the apartment buildings and housing complexes. For Neighborhood NORCs, at least fifty percent (50%) of the total matching funds required must be contributed by community organizations located in and/or the residents of the geographical area in which the project is proposed.

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

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Jennifer Unser
Fax: (518) 473-5177

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(518) 474-5595

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USA: New York City;   New York