A group of foster children in NY graduate high school

The Redlich Horwitz Foundation focuses its grantmaking on improving the child welfare system in New York.

Grant Process

We welcome conversations to expand our understanding of the challenges and solutions identified by impacted families and communities; but in an effort to be mindful of your valuable time, we suggest that you thoroughly review the Foundation's mission, strategy, priorities, and current grantees to ensure that your organization and proposal are consistent with our priority areas and strategic direction before contacting us.​

 

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees has adopted an anti-racist lens through which it now evaluates all grant opportunities. As this is a new approach for RHF’s Board and staff, we welcome advice and input that will sharpen our collective understanding of the historical and current role racism plays in the unconscious bias that impedes our own decision-making; the drivers of disproportionate outcomes for children and families; and the inequitable power and access baked into the philanthropic sector.  

Strategy Development and Idea Generation

To broaden our understanding of challenges and solutions in the system, the Foundation staff and/or trustees consult with external experts, consultants, system leaders, organizational leadership and frontline staff, and the wider community of families impacted by the system. They read articles & research, listen to first-person accounts from impacted families and youth, and they compile and analyze data from communities, academic institutions, and government sources. Through its new Parent & Youth Advisory Board, staff and trustees are regularly collecting input and ideas on strategy and priority areas and also, on specific grant opportunities.

 

Initial Meeting with prospective partners

The Foundation staff and/or trustees will hold an initial meeting or phone call with the organization's leadership to learn more about your mission, approach, and programs, and to explore ways we might work together.

Concept Note

Foundation staff and/or the organization drafts a one-page concept note that briefly describes the organization, program goals and strategy, approach for influencing the wider system, and estimated request.

Initial Review of New Opportunity

The Parent & Youth Advisory Board members will review new opportunities quarterly. Feedback from the advisory board is shared with the staff and the leadership of the board of trustees to inform next steps. If the opportunity is of interest, the staff, trustee liaison and whenever possible, members of the advisory board will follow up with additional questions and discussion and to schedule a site visit/additional meeting with senior leadership of the organization.

Application

Once an organization reaches the application stage, the program design or advocacy initiative under consideration will have received significant feedback from the staff, advisory board, and trustees. At this point, the organization will receive our proposal template that asks about the organization’s commitment to racial justice, and for more detailed plans for program or advocacy execution; evaluation; goals and outcomes, including impact on racial disparities; and multi-year budget and plan for financial sustainability. The board of trustees makes grant decisions quarterly, and successful organizations will be notified soon thereafter.

​​

Evaluation

The Foundation and the grantee will work together to develop an evaluation procedure and to establish specific objectives and metrics by which to measure progress on projected outcomes.

 

Grant Proposal Evaluation Criteria

This is the criteria Foundation staff and board members will use to evaluate grant opportunities.

  1. Fit with our mission and strategy.

  2. Strength of the leadership and implementation team, including: personal and professional backgrounds (lived experience, activism, leadership roles, similarities to communities we serve); and commitment to racial justice, family-driven care and preservation and family self-determination.

  3. Centering of root causes in need definition.

  4. Centering of impacted populations (people and communities) in defining and implementing solution set and strategies.

  5. Collaborative and movement-building.

  6. Feasibility of plan to meet desired outcomes and reduce disparities.

  7. Scalable: cost-effective; power-building; future revenue sources; policy-reform implications; coordination with the system.

 
 

A Sample of Our Current Grants 

Goal: Narrowing the Front Door to Foster Care

Narrow the Front Door to NYC Child Welfare Coalition

GOAL: To JMacforFamilies and the New School’s Center for NYC Affairs to co-lead this citywide coalition of impacted youth and parents, nonprofit leaders, scholars and legal representatives to shrink the surveillance mechanisms of child welfare, and invest in families and communities to provide the healing and restorative support to families in need.

GRANT TOTAL: $713,000 grant over 4 years

Family Cash Transfer Pilot: University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Guaranteed Income Research & OCFS

GOAL: To support the cash transfer pilots for families with CPS involvement in 3 NY counties with research on the impact of cash transfers in reducing child welfare system involvement for families.

GRANT TOTAL: $425,000 over 2 years

 

Keeping Families Together: Technical Assistance with 9 NY counties

GOAL: Expert consultants provide technical assistance to Erie, Albany, Monroe, Onondaga, St. Lawrence, Oneida, Broome, Westchester and Suffolk counties to focus on community-driven prevention planning, CPS reform and decreasing congregate care placements.  

GRANT TOTAL: $250,000 over 1 year

 

Movement for Family Power 

GOAL: To advocate and organize across NY for policies to reduce the number of families impacted by child welfare.

GRANT TOTAL: $396,000 over 3 years

 

Graham Windham 

GOAL: To support Graham’s new leadership and the organization’s new Vision 2025 Goals which include helping families in crises heal, changing biased system, and fighting inequity. 

GRANT TOTAL: $200,000 over 2 years

 

The LGBT Center

GOAL: To provide services to clinicians, families and LGBTQIA+ youth to strengthen affirming family life and prevent child welfare involvement.

GRANT TOTAL: $100,000 over 4 years

 

Fostering Media Connections: The Imprint

GOAL: To publish stories that get disseminated to mainstream and other media outlets to drive child welfare reform, and to hire an Albany-based journalist to increase coverage to statewide issues. 

GRANT TOTAL: $370,000 over 7 years

Westchester County DSS

GOAL: To reduce disproportionate minority representation through targeted efforts to divert calls from the SCR, to resource educational personnel to connect families to resources rather than the SCR, and by examining internal decision-making points that are vulnerable to implicit bias. 

GRANT TOTAL: $300,000 grant over 2 years

Goal: Support Older Youth in Care to Heal, Lead & Thrive

RHF Emerging Leaders Fellowship

GOAL: To launch an inaugural fellowship to provide professional coaching, peer groups, and networking for up to 25 emerging leaders.

GRANT TOTAL: $84,000 grant over 1 year

 

Fair Futures: NYC Foster Care Excellence Fund
GOAL:
 To support Fair Futures and new initiatives to prevent families from unnecessarily being involved in the child welfare system.

GRANT TOTAL: $762,833 over 6 years

 

Fair Futures: Say Yes to Buffalo
GOAL:
 To support Fair Futures program launch and implementation in Erie County.

GRANT TOTAL: $450,000 over 3 years

 

Fostering Youth Success Alliance: Children’s Aid

GOAL: Improve higher education outcomes for foster youth through advocacy and implementation for public financial assistance and support services on campuses across the state.

GRANT TOTAL: $860,000 over 9 years

 

CHAMPS NY: Schuyler Center and Families Together for NYS 
GOAL:
 To improve state policies to enhance system accountability and reduce residential placements.
GRANT TOTAL: $867,000 over 5 years

 

Children’s Rights

GOAL: To localize the “Families Over Facilities” report to NY and to educate the public & policymakers to the harm caused by congregate care.

GRANT TOTAL: $100,000 over 2 years

 

Center for Court Innovation

GOAL: Pilot in Dutchess County new approach to address mental health needs of youth ages 12-18 in family court, to preserve home-based placements and reduce congregate care reliance.

GRANT TOTAL: $500,000 over 3 years

 

IPS Institute: HeartShare St. Vincent's Services 
GOAL:
To work with Alia to train and coach four provider agencies in the Intensive Permanency Services model, an approach that works with youth in care to heal from their loss and trauma, reconnect with kin relatives, and achieve permanency.
GRANT TOTAL: $888,000 over 7 years 

 

Children’s Village: CV Institute

GOAL: Launch the CV Institute to provide thought leadership, advocacy and consultation and training on family-centered policy and practice improvements for agencies, counties and states. 

GRANT TOTAL: $315,000 over 3 years

 

Gateway Longview, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie and BBI

GOAL: Support Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)’s technical assistance to 2 providers to transform their residential services into community-based services.

GRANT TOTAL: $632,333 over 3 years

 

Youth Communication

GOAL: To support the stories published in Represent and their writing program for young people in foster care.

GRANT TOTAL: $280,000 over 7 years

Goal: Community Partnerships

Rise
GOAL: To support their Peer Care Network, Parents’ Platform, and Rise & Shine program, to expand parent movement-building and peer support in New York City.
GRANT TOTAL: $550,000 over 5 years

 

Families Together in NYS

GOAL: To launch a Family Peer Advocate program in Erie County to support pre-petition CPS-involved families.

GRANT TOTAL: $600,000 over 3 years

 

AFFCNY (The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York)

GOAL: To expand the support, information and advocacy for foster and adoptive parents and foster care professionals in New York State.

GRANT TOTAL: $585,000 over 9 years

 

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

GOAL: Expand legal services offered to families affected by the child welfare system, including at the pre-petition/investigation state.

GRANT TOTAL: $450,000 over 3 years

 

Sistas & Brothas United 

GOAL: To support Bronx youth to transform their schools and communities through academic support services and community campaigns to advocate for the reallocation of funding in schools to shift from policing students to healing students. 

GRANT TOTAL: $30,000 over 2 years

Goal: Accelerate Permanency 

 

ACS Parent Advocates

GOAL: Expedite reunification by assigning parent advocates with lived experience as mentors to parents with children in care.

GRANT TOTAL: $300,000 over 2 years

 

Rising Ground

GOAL: To expedite reunification by creating a more supportive co-parenting relationship between birth parents and foster parents.

GRANT TOTAL: $275,000 over 3 years