Grant Process

The Redlich Horwitz Foundation focuses its grant making on improving the foster care system in New York, and has a clear set of approaches to achieve its objectives. We ask that you thoroughly review the Foundation's mission, strategy, priorities, and past grantees to ensure that your organization and proposal are consistent with our priority areas and strategic direction.

As of 2018 and going into 2019, the Foundation is narrowing its focus to prioritize funding for implementation related to the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). As such, the Foundation is currently not accepting new grant proposals for stand-alone grants that don’t fall into this strategy.

Initial Meeting

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

Upon invitation, organizations submit a one-page concept note that briefly describes the organization, program strategy, approach for influencing the wider system, and estimated request.

Initial Review

The board of trustees reviews concept notes and other prospect information quarterly. If the concept is of interest, the staff and trustee liaison will follow up with additional questions and suggestions 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 both the trustees and staff. At this point, the organization will receive our proposal template that asks for more detailed plans for program or advocacy execution; evaluation; goals and outcomes; 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 program outcomes.

 
 

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: $400,000 over 1 year

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 2 years

 

Fair Futures: Foster Care Excellence Fund
GOAL: To provide youth aged 14-26 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

Fiscal Models Reform: ACS and Public Catalyst/Action Research Partners
GOAL: To transform its financing structures to incentivize improved outcomes for children.
GRANT TOTAL: $420,000 over 2 years 

Fourth 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: $130,000 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 

Implementing ESSA: OCFS and the American Bar Association

GOAL: Implement federal provisions of ESSA to improve school stability for children in foster care and deepen partnerships between county DSS and local school districts.

GRANT TOTAL: $150,000 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: $380,000 over 5 years

CASA-NYC
GOAL: To formalize & strengthen already existing relationships youth have with their Parent Advocate.
GRANT TOTAL: $100,000 over 1 year 

 

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 Village
GOAL: Increase emotional and legal permanency among older youth through a staff unit dedicated to Family Finding
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: $300,000 over 2 years

 

HeartShare St. Vincent's Services 
GOAL: To work with Alia to implement Intensive Permanency Services, an approach that works to heal the loss and trauma of youth, reconnect them with kin relatives, and achieve permanency. 
GRANT TOTAL: $450,000 over 2 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

 

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: $200,000 over 2 years 

 

Policy Reform

 

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: $180,000 for one year


Fostering Youth Success Alliance: Children’s Aid Society
GOAL: Improve higher education outcomes for foster youth; has garnered $15 million in state funds.
GRANT TOTAL: $440,000 over 4 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: $110,000 over 3 year


 

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