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How our granting cycle works

While on the surface, it may appear that awarding money to fund research is a simple process, it is far from the reality of a comprehensive granting program. Here’s an overview of how our granting cycle works.

Needs assessment

Each Foundation granting cycle begins with a review of our current and past grants and key learnings. We consult with a broad network of experts – former grantees and applicants, researchers, academics and community organizations – to learn about their needs and gain a better understanding of current research and programming.

Development of funding criteria

Funding criteria are developed for each granting envelope and a call for proposals is distributed broadly. Prospective grantees are asked to focus their proposals on multiple measures including among others, project objectives, methodology, evaluation, sustainability and budget.

Proposal review and scoring

For each granting cycle, we bring together experts in the specific funding area, along with members of the Foundation Board of Directors, who participate in a series of scoring sessions, ending with a full meeting of the review panel to discuss and rank proposals.


Top ranked proposals are reviewed by the Foundation Board, who approve the final funding. Projects must receive an ethics approval from their institution prior to the release of funds.


The granting cycle continues with the creation of longer-term partnerships with our grantees. The tools, knowledge and programs created through each project are made available via the Foundation to RTOERO members and others. This results in articles, educational workshops and webinars, conference presentations and many other forms of knowledge sharing.

With each granting cycle, the Foundation continues to expand its network of researchers, educators and community activators, and further build its influence and reputation as a credible source of information that members and seniors can rely on.

When you donate to our Foundation, you help to increase the number and value of grants available. By funding critical research and innovative programs, you help to foster respect, self-determination, better healthcare and social connection for older adults in Canada.