What We Fund

Issue Areas

Our grantmaking priorities focus on tackling issues in a comprehensive and coordinated manner to provide the best outcomes for low-income individuals, families and communities. Our current Issue Areas are:

Rockwell Fund will provide grants in support of dropout prevention strategies that target the intermediate and middle school years.

There is a growing body of research that shows that students who drop out of high school actually begin the process as early as sixth grade (in the words of one expert, “they drop out in middle school; they just don’t leave until high school”). We believe that investing in quality interventions at this level will result in improved educational and developmental outcomes for at-risk, middle school youth.

We will support organizations that pursue at least one of the following dropout prevention models at a systems level, rather than interventions limited to only one school or setting:

  • Mentoring
  • High quality out of school time
  • School-community collaboration

We will also support organizations that engage in advocacy efforts related to RFI education priorities (by invitation only).

Rockwell Fund will provide grants to organizations targeting community health issues, including behavioral health.

We recognize that access to timely and affordable health services is key to supporting a vibrant and healthy community. Access to health services in the community is also more cost-effective than utilizing hospital emergency rooms designed to provide trauma and emergency care. We will support community-based providers and health centers that:

  • Increase availability and access to quality physical and behavioral healthcare for uninsured and underinsured populations,
  • Offer an innovative approach to community health, such as integrative care models,
  • Address social determinants of health and/or
  • Show evidence of leveraging support to reach more people.

For organizations or programs addressing substance abuse, we are interested in interventions that target the co-occurring condition of mental health and substance abuse.

We will also support organizations that engage in advocacy efforts related to RFI health priorities (by invitation only).

Rockwell Fund will provide grants to organizations providing supportive housing, defined as affordable housing coupled with on-site client support such as intensive case management and wraparound services.

We recognize that investing in supportive housing is an effective way to reduce homelessness, foster self-sufficiency and help individuals and families live more stable, productive lives.

We will support organizations that provide supportive housing that targets families and individuals with the capacity to become self-sufficient. Housing should be coupled with supportive services that cater to needs of the client population, and can include:

  • Resident services and assistance delivered by on-site staff such as life skills classes, tutoring and assistance for youth, etc., or
  • Intensive case management models that link clients to appropriate systems of care, resources and opportunities to enable the client to address and overcome complex social service needs.

We will also support organizations that engage in advocacy efforts related to RFI housing priorities (by invitation only).

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