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Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging seeks applicants for National Family Caregiver Support grant funds

For Immediate Release: September 8, 2021

Media Contact: Aaron Brush, 802-786-5990

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging seeks applicants for National Family Caregiver Support grant funds

RUTLAND, Vt. – Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) today announced that it is seeking applicants for National Family Caregiver Support grant funds available to local agencies interested in providing services and programs for caregivers of older adults and younger disabled adults living in Rutland and Bennington counties, and also for older caregivers age 55 and up who are caring full-time for children under the age of 18.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is open to non-profit agencies and/or coalitions located within these two counties. The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) provides caregiver support and services for unpaid caregivers including information and assistance, respite, counseling, support groups, trainings and other evidence-based educational programs. These supports and services provided by NFCSP funding effectively reduce the physical and emotional stress experienced by family caregivers in order to allow them to provide a higher quality of care so that their loved one(s) are to remain living independently in the community.

Due to the amount of available funding there is a limited number of grants that will be awarded. Applicants should also be aware that all proposals submitted as a result of this RFP may be renegotiated for any funding additions or deletions that SVCOA may receive during FY 22. Lastly, SVCOA reserves the right to reject any grant application. Similarly, we also reserve the right to fund more than one project.

The grant timeline is for October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022 and eligible applicants include any public or private non-profit organization, group or coalition, as well as older caregivers (age 55-plus) providing full-time care for children under the age of 18.

All proposals will be reviewed by SVCOA’s Caregiver Coordinator and approved by the SVCOA Senior Management Team using the following evaluation criteria: project description / responsiveness to RFP; administrative capability; reasonableness of budget; probability of project success; consistency with area agency on aging overall objectives; consistency with Older American’s Act overall objectives.

SVCOA will carefully consider each proposal using the above criteria as a guide before making any final decisions. Additionally, please take note that SVCOA takes priority in programs which are evidence-based

All grant proposals should be ideally be received by September 24th, 2021. Due to the pandemic, however, we will accept certain proposals received after that date (if funding if still available), but the sooner the application is submitted, the better.

To learn more or submit a grant proposal, contact Aaron Brush, SVCOA Caregiver Coordinator, via email at or call 802-786-5990.

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging exists to be a community force in creating and sustaining opportunities for elders and caregivers in our region to help assure that elders are able to maintain maximum independence and quality of life. With offices in Rutland and Bennington, SVCOA offers a wide range of supports, services and programs for older Vermonters, caregivers and volunteers across Rutland and Bennington counties.

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