Sunday, January 10, 2010

Foundation Seeks Applications

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is looking for applications for community-based projects to be considered for funding via the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Local Funding Partnerships (LFP) program. Through the LFP program, the RWJF offers matching grants for projects to deliver health related services to vulnerable populations using new and innovative methods.

The vulnerable population identified by the RWJF Foundation includes children and adolescents with severe mental illness, children and adolescents with substance abuse issues, and children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. The Tower Foundation is particularly interested in projects that provide direct services to populations not served by traditional mental health or social services.

The Tower Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $500,000 over three or four years for projects that are successful in obtaining funding through the RWJF’s LFP program. Grants awards will be made for three or four years.

Eligible organizations must be located within or serve the residents primarily in Erie or Niagara counties in New York State or Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, or Nantucket Counties in Massachusetts.

This RFP has a two step application process. The first step is to complete a pre-screening telephone call with the Tower Foundation staff to determine whether a project is a fit with both the Tower Foundation and the RWJF’s LFP program.

At this point, a concept paper and preliminary project budget must be submitted if requested. Arrangements for this pre-screening telephone call must be made by February 5, 2010 with screening calls to be completed by February 12, 2010. Concept papers are due on March 19, 2010 and decisions by the board will be made by June 4, 2010.

The second step is to submit a full proposal with a complete description of the project, objectives, evaluation plan, discussion of the anticipated impact, and plans for long term sustainability. The full proposal is due in November 2010.

For more information, email Don Matteson at or call (716) 689-0370 extension 207.