AARP Foundation is seeking innovative and evidence- or outcomes-based solutions at the community or societal level that optimize meaningful connections and interventions to reduce negative health outcomes highly correlated or associated with social isolation in low-income or vulnerable individuals 50 and older.
AARP Foundation utilizes three common categories of evidence:
- Preliminary: Systematically collected data that tracks who is served, and the outputs and outcomes that are achieved. The organization has a consistent method of collecting metrics related to the intervention. The metrics provide basic level of evidence that the goals of the program are being achieved.
- Moderate: Evaluations that support causal conclusions but cannot be generalized beyond the study group.
- Strong: Evaluations that support causal conclusions within a large range of participants or multiple evaluations supporting the same conclusion.
- Only 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply.
- Multiple organizations may apply as a group, but only one can be the fiduciary agent.
- AARP Foundation has a particular interest in projects/initiatives serving Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and Philadelphia, though organizations in any community are eligible, including rural communities.
- Existing project(s) of the applying organization must have some level of documented evidence of providing the intended social benefit and achieving its target outcome.
- While a match requirement is not required, organizations that do provide a match will receive priority.