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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.

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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 Grants 

Public-Private Partnerships with Government

Family First Transition Fund with OCFS 

GOAL: Public-private partnership to provide technical assistance to 19 NY counties in planning and implementing strategies to reduce congregate care and increase kinship placements.

GRANT TOTAL: $800,000 over 2 years

Improving Family-Based Care: Suffolk, Onondaga, Westchester, Dutchess, Oneida, Broome and Orange Counties

GOAL: Provide technical assistance and support initiatives to reduce residential placements, enhance recruitment and support of foster and kinship homes, reform fiscal models, and improve visitation practices.

GRANT TOTAL: $2,174,500 over 5 years 

 

Fair Futures: Foster Care Excellence Fund
GOAL: To provide youth ages 11-26 in and aging out of foster care with a comprehensive model of coaching and tutoring to improve career & education outcomes.

GRANT TOTAL: $250,000 over 2 years

Center for Court Innovation

GOAL: Pilot 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

Fifth Annual Permanency Summit: OCFS and Casey Family Programs 

GOAL: To share permanency improvement strategies with 150 experts in the field, child welfare leaders, judges and community groups from the 11 largest NY Counties. 

GRANT TOTAL: $170,000 over 5 years

Fiscal Models Reform: ACS and Public Catalyst/Action Research Partners
GOAL: To transform its financing structures to incentivize improved outcomes for children.
GRANT TOTAL: $651,000 over 4 years 

Home Away From Home: Foster Care Excellence Fund, a philanthropic collaborative

GOAL: To improve kinship foster care in alignment with ACS’ Home Away from Home initiative, in support of Cohort of 5 agencies (New York Foundling, Good Shepherd Services, Graham Windham, Sheltering Arms, and Coalition for Hispanic Family Services).

GRANT TOTAL: $600,000 RHF grant over 2 years 

No Time to Wait: ACS and Public Catalyst/Action Research Partners

GOAL: Decrease time to permanency for children in care for 12+ months which has resulted in significant increases in adoptions and KinGAPs.

GRANT TOTAL:  $912,000 over 4 years

Older Youth Initiative with Onondaga County
GOAL: Second phase of work to increase placements with kin and reduce congregate care placements, with a focus on high-needs and older youth. 
GRANT TOTAL: $200,000 over 2 years

 

State Kinship Policy Development: OCFS and the American Bar Association
GOAL: Ensure NY policies reflect national best practices to encourage kinship foster care.
GRANT TOTAL: $80,000 over 2 years

 

Service Providers

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: $580,000 over 7 years

CASA-NYC
GOAL: To formalize & strengthen already existing relationships youth have with their Parent Advocate.
GRANT TOTAL: $200,000 over 4 years

Children's Home of Jefferson County 
GOAL: Develop Kinship Navigator position to increase kinship foster placements in Jefferson County.
GRANT TOTAL: $150,000 over 2 years

Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Gateway Longview and Hillside Family of Agencies
GOAL: Support Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)’s technical assistance to 3 providers to transform their residential services into community-based services.

GRANT TOTAL: $900,000 over 3 years

Children's Village
GOAL: Increase emotional and legal permanency among older youth through a staff unit dedicated to Family Finding; Provide thought leadership, advocacy and consultation on family-centered policy and practice improvements for agencies, counties, and states.
GRANT TOTAL: $400,000 over 4 years

Graham Windham 
GOAL: Support placement of children into permanent homes and develop a new family-based model that serves high-needs teens.
GRANT TOTAL: $900,000 over 5 years

 

HeartShare St. Vincent's Services 
GOAL:To work with Alia to implement and coach other 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: $813,000 over 5 years 

Hillside Family of Agencies
GOAL: Use a community-centered approach to design a Prevention Services Demonstration Pilot in Chautauqua and Niagara Counties. 
GRANT TOTAL: $100,000 over 1 year

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

LGBT Center 
GOAL:
To provide services to families and LGBTQIA+ youth impacted by the child welfare system and to deliver a curriculum to case workers who provide services to families involved in the system.
GRANT TOTAL: $75,000 over 3 years

 

Parsons Child and Family Center of Northern Rivers
GOAL: Implement “30 Days to Family” to increase kinship foster placements in Albany County.
GRANT TOTAL: $300,000 over 2 years

Rise
GOAL: Support the Rise & Shine program, a training program led by parents with lived experiences to train parent advocates with the purpose of expediting reunification. 
GRANT TOTAL: $100,000 over 2 years

Rise, Graham Windham and Rising Ground
GOAL: Support the Parents Supporting Parents initiative, to expand the number of parent advocates with lived experience who mentor and support parents with children in care in order to accelerate reunification.
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: $200,000 over 2 years

 

SCO Family of Services, New Directions and Children’s Home of Wyoming
GOAL: Support Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)’s TA work to 3 providers to improve to be more family centered and improve permanency. 
GRANT TOTAL: $250,000 over 3 years

Youth Communication

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

GRANT TOTAL: $250,000 over 5 years

Policy Reform & System Change

 

CHAMPS NY: Schuyler Center and Families Together for NY, co-chairs
GOAL:  Improve state and county policies in support of excellent kinship and foster caregiving.
GRANT TOTAL: $350,000 over 5 years

Fordham Convening 
GOAL: To convene child welfare leaders to examine what the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us about reducing removals into foster care.
GRANT TOTAL: $101,000 over 1 year


Fostering Youth Success Alliance: Children’s Aid Society
GOAL: Improve higher education outcomes for foster youth; has garnered $21 million in state funds.
GRANT TOTAL: $960,000 over 8 years


KinGAP Policy Reform: Citizen’s Committee for Children 
GOAL: Structure KinGAP subsidies outside the Foster Care Block Grant, akin to adoption subsidies.
GRANT TOTAL: $190,000 over 5 years

Movement for Family Power
GOAL: To educate and advocate around informed consent related to drug testing pregnant and perinatal individuals and to build advocacy coalition members. 
GRANT TOTAL: $396,000 over 3 years

Racial Justice Movement

 

Black Lives Matter of Greater NY, Sistas & Brothas United, Partners for Dignity & Rights, Girls for Gender Equity and Rockaway Youth Task Force
GOAL: Build power and support change by supporting racial justice movement building and decriminalizing schools and protecting youth services.
GRANT TOTAL: $75,000 over 1 year