LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Releases RFP for Rural Grant

Today, the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation (LAMF) is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a rural grant project called Connected Communities for Healthy Aging.

This grant program will fund two Connected Communities pilots to design and implement a local coordinated system of care that supports the physical, emotional, and social needs of seniors in the homes of their choice. It is open to LeadingAge Minnesota members in communities outside of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington) regardless of population, as directed by our funder.

To review the Request for Proposal, click here. Applications are due by 5pm on November 30. A Responders’ Zoom call will be held on Oct. 21 at 10:30 am. to review the project and respond to any questions regarding the RFP. Click here to register.

The Connected Communities grant project is grounded in the principle that care and supports aligned across silos and centered on seniors will foster healthier aging at the community level.

LAMF will be using the two Connected Communities pilots as “laboratories” to learn and share lessons on how LeadingAge Minnesota members can:

  • Compete for managed care dollars from insurers;
  • Design coordinated systems led by senior care organizations in partnership with healthcare, social services, and community-based services;
  • Position senior care providers as community leaders in healthy aging; and
  • Recruit and retain a high-quality direct care workforce.

While integrated care models in healthcare are not new, the Connected Communities grant project will position senior care providers as leaders in care system redesign along with primary care, acute care, community-based services partners, and seniors. For more information, contact Terri Foley, Program Officer, LeadingAge MN Foundation at or 651-815-8137.

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