How are Donations to The Rossmoor Fund Distributed?
The mission of the Rossmoor Fund is to assist Rossmoor residents who are in need and to develop and fund educational and charitable programs for the Rossmoor community. 1) Individual Grants: The Fund is accepting applications for grants from individual Rossmoor residents experiencing a temporary financial crisis. Often these emergencies are medical in nature, but grants have been given for many other urgent needs. 2) Organizational Grants: The Rossmoor Fund also provides grants to organizations outside Rossmoor which support the quality of life of residents, including grants for caregiver respite and legal advice. The Fund board funds underwrites organizations for their services upon the recommendation of Rossmoor Counseling Services when a need is perceived. 3) Educational Grants: The Fund sponsors educational forums to benefit all Rossmoor residents, such as seminars on topics of health or security that would benefit a sizable population.
Individual grants will be made to assist individuals who are experiencing a financial crisis, and whose situation can be substantially improved by a financial grant. These grants are designed to address temporary personal emergencies. The Rossmoor Fund made its first individual grant to assist an 82 year old resident who had many serious health issues. She had to pay out of pocket for her prescriptions for a period of time, approximately $400, and could not cover the extra cost. Individual grants are usually based on recommendations from Rossmoor Counseling Services, and are confidential and temporary in duration.
To be considered for a grant, applicants should have incomes of not more than 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, this means that an individual’s income should not exceed $31,900, and a couple’s income should not exceed $43,100. The Fund is not designed to meet an on-going expense, and there are limits on the amounts that an individual can be granted within a certain time.
How to Apply For An Individual Grant
To see the one page application Click here.
During the shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications from individuals will be handled most efficiently through the Rossmoor Counseling Services by calling (925) 988-7750. Counselors will help with the application process, maintain anonymity, and forward applications to the Rossmoor Fund Board for prompt action. The application may be printed and sent directly to the Rossmoor Fund, P.O. Box 2070, Walnut Creek, CA, 94595, but with the shelter-in-place closure of some Rossmoor facilities, delays with mail delivery are possible.”