2017 Grants

Advocacy

AgeOptions, Inc.
Oak Park, Illinois
$85,000
A one-year grant to build the capacity of Illinois service providers and advocates to ensure that older adults have access to appropriate, affordable healthcare coverage.

Center for Community Change
Washington, DC
$70,000
A third-year grant to expand the Leadership Cross-Training Program designed to protect older residents who own manufactured homes from increasingly unaffordable lot rental fees and sharp declines in capital improvements.

Justice in Aging
Washington, DC
$80,000
A one-year grant to protect low-income older adults who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid from receiving ineligible medical bills in violation of federal and state law.

Legal Council for Health Justice
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A one-year grant to protect the rights of older people in Illinois to receive medically necessary care through the Community Care and Long-Term Services and Supports Program.

Medicare Rights Center
New York, New York
$137,500
A one-year grant, in partnership with Center for Medicare Advocacy, to protect older Americans from erosion of affordable, quality healthcare coverage resulting from proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid.

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
Washington, DC
$20,000
A one-year grant to continue research and the gathering of stories about the impact of Congregate Nutrition programs for both nutrition and social connectedness among older people.

Northwest Side Housing Center
Chicago, Illinois
$40,000
A third-year grant for the Age Friendly Banking Program, which uses advocacy to improve access to banking services and products that address the specific needs of older people.

Social Security Works Education Fund
Washington, D.C.
$80,000
A third-year grant to train older persons as effective advocates for Social Security and other retirement security programs on which a majority of older people rely.

Terra Nova Films, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$84,500
A one-year grant to create a national partnership with the American Library Association that will help redefine and reframe individual and societal perceptions of aging and elderhood.

United Way of Miami-Dade, Inc.
Miami, Florida
$65,000
A nine-month grant for advocacy efforts to establish a taxpayer-funded Senior Trust that will improve access to important services for older residents of Miami-Dade County.

Direct Service

(Funding limited to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Florida)

AARP Foundation
Washington, DC
$100,000
A one-year grant for the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund and its focus on the emergency needs of older adults.

AgeOptions, Inc.
Oak Park, Illinois
$55,000
A one-year grant to continue a culturally competent caregiver support program through a network of local churches.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
$39,972
A one-year grant to establish three new outreach offices in high need, rural, and underserved parts of Wisconsin.

Antioch Area Healthcare Accessibility Alliance
Antioch, Illinois
$18,370
A one-year grant to recruit and train volunteers to provide transportation to medical appointments for older residents.

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Kirksville, Missouri
$31,901
A one-year grant to expand a dental services program for older people in the St. Louis area.

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Chicago, Illinois
$20,000
A one-year grant to expand a program offering home repairs to older residents living in northwest Chicago.

Blue River Services, Inc.
Corydon, Indiana
$25,300
A second-year grant to help residents of senior housing facilities continue to live independently.

Center for Disability and Elder Law, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$35,653
A second-year grant to provide legal services to low-income, older people.

Chicago Public Library Foundation
Chicago, Illinois
$35,000
A one-year grant to continue and expand the CyberNavigator program for older adults.

Chinese American Service League, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$45,000
A second-year grant to provide EnhanceFitness, an evidence-based fitness program for older adults.

Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly
Chicago, Illinois
$45,000
A one-year grant to strengthen and expand language assistance services for limited English speaking older persons who are enrolled in managed care in Illinois.

District III Area Agency on Aging
Warrensburg, Missouri
$21,155
A one-year grant for an education program on retirement planning to help older women become more financially secure.

ElderCARE@ChristChurch
Waukegan, Illinois
$20,824
A third-year grant for outreach efforts to help older adults with transportation in northern Lake County, Illinois.

Equal Justice Works
Washington, DC
$50,000
A one-year grant for the Elder Justice AmeriCorps program, which uses attorneys in fellowship positions to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Generations on Line
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$43,938
A one-year grant to bring training on touch screen technology and the internet to low-income, older people in Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine.

Hana Center
Chicago, Illinois
$40,000
A second-year of support to educate the Korean American community about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Hospice of the Florida Suncoast
Clearwater. Florida
$78,565
A third-year grant to help older patients and their caregivers understand hospice as an option for end-of-life care, and to facilitate timely referrals to hospice care.

Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly
Chicago, Illinois
$60,000
A third-year grant to strengthen a program that assists older people in Chicago with moving services.

Housing Options Provided for the Elderly, Inc.
University City, Missouri
$50,000
A second-year grant to counsel homeowners who are in arrears with Home Equity Conversion Mortgages.

Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida
Naples, Florida
$53,750
A third-year grant to continue case management services for older adults with dementia and their caregivers.

LAF
Chicago, Illinois
$40,000
A one-year grant to provide legal services to low-income Cook County seniors to help ensure their financial stability.

Lakeview Pantry
Chicago, Illinois
$20,000
A one-year grant to deliver healthy meals to older individuals who are unable to come to a food pantry or other food distribution site.

Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance
Norridge, Illinois
$39,687
A one-year grant to expand dementia support programs in Cicero/Berwyn.

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
West Palm Beach, Florida
$49,950
A one-year grant to provide free legal services and education to veterans age 65 and older.

Life Matters Media, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$23,032
A second-year grant to promote advance care planning conversations in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood.

Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida
$18,000
A third-year grant to address food insecurity among disadvantaged, older adults who reside in nine low-income senior housing facilities.

Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Hollywood, Florida
$17,000
A third-year grant for community-based dance, strength training, and boxing programs for older persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. d/b/a Elder Options
Gainesville, Florida
$69,061
A one-year grant to plan, develop, and launch a volunteer program to increase services for older persons living in three rural counties.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Oak Park, Illinois
$10,000
A one-year grant to deliver nutritious food to low-income, homebound elders.

Oasis Institute
St. Louis, Missouri
$50,000
A one-year grant to expand healthy aging programs in Missouri.

Oneida Nation
Oneida, Wisconsin
$16,300
A one-year grant to purchase and install portable ramps to help Oneida elders remain in their homes and remain active in the community.

Oral Health America
Chicago, Illinois
$66,736
A third-year grant to make quality improvements in the delivery of a community-based, oral health education program for older people.

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc.
Kenosha, Wisconsin
$64,258
A second-year grant to increase access to fresh produce for low-income, older people in the Racine/Kenosha area.

Revitalize Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$40,000
A second-year grant to provide home repairs and other safety/health services to older adults who wish to live independently.

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A second-year grant to expand partnerships with churches to deliver a comprehensive behavioral health intervention program for older African American women who are overweight, pre-diabetic, or diabetic.

The Salvation Army
Atlanta, Georgia
$50,000
A one-year grant to provide emergency assistance and recovery support services for older persons directly affected by Hurricane Irma.

United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago
Cicero, Illinois
$36,400
A one-year grant to improve the quality of life for older adults residing in group homes, by increasing the frequency and intensity of nursing care services and improving person-centered care.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A one-year grant to expand the reach and accessibility of Fit & Strong! by developing a web-based training curriculum for new instructors in partnership with the National Recreation and Parks Association.

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
$124,179
A one-year grant to continue pension counseling for Illinois retirees, assisting them to retrieve earned pension benefits, and addressing other pension problems.

Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
$47,414
A one-year grant for a new, intensive health case management program.

Volunteer Center of Racine County
Racine, Wisconsin
$15,000
A third-year grant to expand a transportation program for homebound seniors, using volunteer drivers.

White Crane Wellness Center
Chicago, Illinois
$30,000
A second-year grant to expand healthy aging programs in Illinois.

White Crane Wellness Center
Chicago, Illinois
$55,000
A second-year grant for a collaborative Falls Prevention Initiative.

Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
Washington, D.C.
$45,000
A third-year grant to help older people, especially women, make the best financial decisions they can with the limited resources they have.

Young Men’s Christian Association of the Suncoast, Inc.
Clearwater, Florida
$35,000
A one-year grant to expand an arthritis management program.

Professional Training and Development

HealthCare Chaplaincy, Inc.
New York, New York
$46,125
A one-year grant to develop a training course for nurses and social workers on healthcare teams, to help them address the spiritual needs of older patients.

Maplewood Housing for the Visually Impaired dba Friedman Place
Chicago, Illinois
$15,000
A one-year grant to train staff in effective ways to offer age-related behavioral and physical health services for older adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Pioneer Network in Culture Change
Rochester, New York
$10,000
A five-month grant to share examples of intergenerational programs that improve quality of life among older adults in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.

The Arc of the United States
Washington, D.C.
$72,350
A second-year grant to train professionals to assist older caregivers as they plan for the future needs of their adult children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$174,865
An 18-month grant to design and pilot test an online Learning Center, aimed at expanding access to an innovative model for dementia care.

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
$67,312
A one-year grant to provide state-specific training and promote advocacy networks to increase the availability of effective home modification services that allow older adults to age in place.

Research

American Geriatrics Society
New York, New York
$5,000
A one-year grant to define knowledge gaps and develop a research agenda for sensory impairment and cognitive decline in older persons.

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Cleveland, Ohio
$121,074
A 30-month grant to create and market a searchable, online resource presenting details about 50 evidence-based dementia caregiving programs, promote their replication, and provide families with guidance on where to turn for assistance.

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
$20,000
A six-month grant for a Summer Research Institute to train scholars to develop, test, and implement novel behavioral interventions with potential to change practice and improve health outcomes for older persons and their families.

Miami University Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship
Oxford, Ohio
$49,321
A one-year grant to examine if the increased presence and educational level of social workers in skilled nursing facilities improves psychosocial functioning and discharge outcomes.

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
$99,956
A one-year grant for a feasibility study to test the impact of emotion regulation training on short-term cognitive function in adults ages 65 to 80.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$99,026
A one-year grant to pilot test a program aimed at helping older adults with intellectual disabilities plan for the future.

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
$99,989
A one-year grant to develop and test a digital disaster preparedness program tool that can be used to support older persons in rural settings.

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
$114,521
An 18-month grant for research to improve the effectiveness of over-the-counter hearing aids.

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
$119,395
A one-year grant to study antecedents, consequences, and patterns of medical cannabis use among older persons.

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
$168,477
A two-year grant to examine barriers to and strong examples of local and state coordination to enable person-centered, long-term services and supports for financially vulnerable older people.

University of South Florida
Orlando, Florida
$130,533
A two-year grant for pilot research on an intervention to improve cognitive and motor function among older adults.

Organizational Capacity Building Program

Standard OCB Grants

(Funding limited to Illinois)

Barrington Area Council on Aging
Barrington, Illinois
$31,625
An eight-month grant to engage in strategic planning.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$42,135
A six-month grant to develop a business plan for a fee-for-service homecare program.

CJE SeniorLife
Chicago, Illinois
$48,000
A one-year grant to strengthen organizational efficiency and quality improvement efforts by updating the agency’s technology infrastructure.

Community Adult Day Care
Downers Grove, Illinois
$10,000
A nine-month grant for board development.

Illinois Partners for Human Service
Chicago, Illinois
$30,000
A one-year grant for an organizational capacity-building project focused on board development.

Lincoln Park Village, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$36,987
A one-year grant to expand the organization’s communications and marketing capacity.

Mercy Housing Lakefront
Chicago, Illinois
$26,600
A one-year grant to engage in board and resource development.

Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes
Evanston, Illinois
$34,800
A one-year grant for an organizational capacity-building project focused on marketing and branding.

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
$35,787
A one-year grant to establish a strategic collaboration with an Illinois-based organization whose mission aligns with that of the Illinois Pension Assistance Project; this partnership will improve fund development and support the project’s long-term sustainability.

OCB Flexible Fund Grants

(Funding limited to Illinois)

American Association of Retired Asians
Carol Stream, Illinois
$4,400
A six-month grant for an assessment examining the organization’s strengths and weaknesses with recommendations on future growth.

Encore Illinois, NFP
Hinsdale, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant for an organizational assessment to help prioritize organizational capacity building needs.

Forefront
Chicago, Illinois
$5,000
A one-year grant for Point The Way, a collaborative initiative to strengthen capacity building resources for nonprofits in metropolitan Chicago.

Jane Addams Senior Caucus
Chicago, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant for strategic planning.

Senior Connections
Evanston, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to work with a consultant on strategic and succession planning for the organization.

Villa Guadalupe Senior Services
Chicago, Illinois
$3,300
A seven-month grant to engage an organizational development consultant.

Flexible Support Pilot

Aging Care Connections
La Grange, Illinois
$103,000
A third-year grant for a staffing structure that bolsters financial management and supports staff retention.

Hanul Family Alliance
Chicago, Illinois
$72,000
A third-year grant to sustain the Home Care Program by retaining four Home Care Field Supervisors.

Other

Alliance for Aging Research
Washington, DC
$30,000
A one-year grant for 2017 membership support.

Council on Foundations
Arlington, Virginia
$17,900
A one-year grant for 2017 membership support.

Forefront
Chicago, Illinois
$11,275
A one-year grant for 2017 membership support.

The Foundation Center
New York, New York
$12,000
A one-year grant for 2017 membership support.

Gerontological Society of America
Washington, D.C.
$15,000
A third-year grant to continue educating journalists about new scientific findings, social and policy debates, and innovations and solutions for key aging-related issues.

Grantmakers in Health
Washington, DC
$2,875
A one-year grant for 2017 membership support.

Inner City Computer Stars Foundation, dba i.c.stars
Chicago, Illinois
$15,000
A four-month grant to support an intergenerational project that teaches technical skills to older adults, improves their social connections, and builds their comfort level with internet technology.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Chicago, Illinois
$47,500
A three-month challenge grant to raise funds for Audrey’s House, a program center for older persons.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Washington, D.C.
$15,000
A one-year grant for 2017 membership support.

Rose Community Foundation
Denver, Colorado
$3,000
A three-month grant to explore interest in a Funders Collaborative to promote age-friendly communities and inter-generational programs.

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Cincinnati, Ohio
$17,538
A two-month grant to improve accessibility and safety for retired sisters.

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