February 2, 2024

Rural Older Adult Mini-Grant

Rural Older Adult Mini-Grant (ROAM)

Updated 02/02/2024

The second round of the ROAM program is accepting Requests for Proposal until 2/16/2024 (see timeline below). If you have any questions or want to be added to contact list for future funding cycles, contact Tim Glascock (tglascock@aocmhp.org).

Download the Request for Proposal at the bottom of the page. Follow this link to view the recording of the 2/1/2024 informational webinar. Below is the PDF from the informational webinar.

Link To Presentation

Rural Older Adult Mini-grant Intro Webinar 2024


ROAM Timeline:

  • Jan. 22nd to Feb. 16th – RFP release
  • Feb. 20th to Mar. 1st – Advisory review
  • Mar. 4th to 15th – OHA review
  • Mid-March – Award letter and MOU sent
  • Mar. 19th or 26th – Start check distribution
  • Sept. 13th, 2024 – Funds must be spent down

Project Description  

The Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs (AOCMHP), with funding from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), is offering one-time grants of $8,000 to $15,000 to support social engagement among isolated rural and remote older adults. This project seeks to increase social connection and decrease isolation for a suicide-safer Oregon. Activities that build a sense of connectedness may differ. When planning, we encourage creativity in proposals to match the unique needs of the community.

While the focus is on rural and remote communities, organizations in urban counties can apply as long as the focus of your proposal impacts rural and remote communities. Rural, as defined by the Oregon Office of Rural Health, is any geographic area in Oregon ten or more miles from the centroid of a population center of 40,000 people or more. Remote (a term used as a placeholder for frontier), is any county with six or fewer people per square mile. To review a map of rural or remote communities in Oregon, see these two maps (static map, zoom map).

Organizations that can apply include county, municipal, and non-profits (501 c3 status) including Community Mental Health Programs, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Connection, Community Based Organizations, and Tribal elder programs. Community-based grassroots organizations can apply provided that they have a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors are a non-profit organization who provide fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to the organization leading or coordinating the project. Collaborating with various organizations is encouraged.

While it is not a requirement to focus on any specific population within rural and remote older adults, we will give extra points in our review process to projects that specifically support the marginalized populations within rural and remote older adults, including, but not limited to:

  • Service Member, Veteran, and Family (SMVF)
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2S+)
  • Immigrants/refugees

Link To Fillable MiniGrant PDF