2019 Grants

Advocacy

AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$40,000
A one-year grant to raise awareness about the unique needs and rights of LGBTQ older adults living in long-term care facilities.

Compassion & Choices
Portland, Oregon
$100,000
A two-year grant to support advocacy work in Illinois focused on medical aid in dying.

Florida Health Justice Project, Inc.
Miami, Florida
$55,000
A one-year grant to increase the capacity of advocates to help older people in Miami-Dade County access Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and engage in advocacy to improve services in Florida.

Gerontological Society of America
Washington, D.C.
$225,000
A three-year grant to increase momentum to adopt the principles of Reframing Aging, an initiative of the Leaders of Aging Organizations.

Justice in Aging
Washington, D.C.
$100,000
A one-year grant for state and federal advocacy to protect older and disabled Americans from state Medicaid waivers that would limit access to health care.

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A one-year grant to continue tenant organizing in senior public housing developments and train older residents to advocate effectively for the creation and preservation of affordable housing.

Legal Council for Health Justice
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A third-year grant to continue advocacy addressing threats to Medicaid that may limit the ability of older people to receive home- and community-based services.

Medicare Rights Center
New York, New York
$137,500
A one-year grant to continue advocacy efforts to protect and strengthen national health insurance programs for older Americans.

Pension Rights Center
Washington, D.C.
$60,000
A one-year grant to continue advocating for a comprehensive solution to address problems of underfunded multiemployer pension plans and protect retirees’ pensions.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Chicago, Illinois
$80,000
A one-year grant to train legal aid professionals and tenant groups to advocate for older public housing residents’ rights and safety, and for affordable public housing.

Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (SAGE)
New York, New York
$100,000
A two-year grant to build the advocacy and media skills of LGBT older persons who will serve as effective spokespersons about the harms caused by discrimination and the need for LGBT-inclusive aging policies in Florida and Illinois.

United Way of Miami-Dade, Inc.
Miami, Florida
$34,650
A six-month advocacy grant to win state legislative approval to place a referendum on the ballot in Miami-Dade County for passage of a levy-funded senior trust.

Direct Service

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

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Kirksville, Missouri
$20,323
A third-year grant to deliver oral health education, dental services, and a long-term dental home for older people in the St. Louis area.

Antioch Area Healthcare Accessibility Alliance
Antioch, Illinois
$32,000
A third-year grant to increase access to health-related services for community-dwelling older adults.

Arts At Large, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$20,000
A one-year grant to engage older artists in meaningful work experiences where they can serve as mentors to younger artists, share their art with people experiencing memory loss, and conduct workshops and performances for community residents.

Bosma Industries for the Blind, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana
$51,854
A one-year grant to launch a group vision rehabilitation training program for persons age 65 and older who are blind or visually impaired.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
$15,000
A one-year grant to hire a nurse to expand a respite care program for caregivers of adults residing in St. Lucie County, Florida.

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
$25,000
A one-year grant to provide companion care to older persons living in rural areas.

Center for Hearing and Speech
St. Louis, Missouri
$49,928
A one-year grant to provide full-service audiology services, including offering low-cost hearing aids in a new comprehensive health clinic serving older people.

Chicago Public Library Foundation
Chicago, Illinois
$35,000
A one-year grant to continue building the capacity of and expanding the CyberNavigator program to serve older people.

Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly
Chicago, Illinois
$45,000
A one-year continuation grant to strengthen the Language Access Center and expand language assistance services to Medicare and Medicaid populations in Illinois.

Elderbridge Agency on Aging
Mason City, Iowa
$50,000
A one-year grant to provide care transitions for older people who want to continue living in their community following a stay in a hospital or nursing home.

ElderServe, Inc.
Louisville, Kentucky
$29,487
A one-year grant to expand the organization’s wellness programs by adding Matter of Balance falls prevention training.

Franciscan Alliance, Inc.
Mishawaka, Indiana
$38,500
A one-year grant to provide nutritionally appropriate meals to vulnerable older patients who are being discharged from hospital to home.

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc.
Clearwater, Florida
$29,518
A one-year grant to address social and emotional isolation among older people in the Tampa Bay region.

HANA Center
Chicago, Illinois
$51,550
A one-year grant to expand a program supporting brain health in the Korean-American community and fostering dementia-friendly community spaces.

Harmony Community Baptist Church
Chicago, Illinois
$15,215
A one-year grant to expand food pantry services to older persons in the North Lawndale community who are homebound or have limited mobility.

Housing Options Provided for the Elderly, Inc.
University City, Missouri
$75,000
A one-year grant to continue counseling older homeowners at risk of defaulting on a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and provide technical assistance and training to additional housing counseling agencies that assist older borrowers at risk of foreclosure.

International Institute of Metro St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
$49,844
A one-year grant to reduce the impact of depression and isolation for foreign-born elders in the St. Louis region by increasing access to mental health services and socialization opportunities.

Iowa Legal Aid
Des Moines, Iowa
$64,191
A one-year grant to enhance services provided through the organization’s Legal Hotline and improve the delivery of legal services for older people.

Jewish Community Centers Association
St. Louis, Missouri
$40,000
A one-year grant to implement an Intergenerational Horticulture Therapy program for adult day center clients and preschool children.

Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance
Cicero, Illinois
$39,523
A third-year grant to continue the expansion of dementia support services at the Cicero/Berwyn site.

Little City Foundation
Palatine, Illinois
$25,070
A one-year grant to implement It’s Never 2 Late technology to improve the quality of life and well-being of older residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly
Palatine, Illinois
$45,790
A one-year grant to meet the needs of 30 independent living residents to enable them to live independently for as long as possible.

McGaw YMCA
Evanston, Illinois
$29,700
A one-year grant to improve the delivery of services for older people living in an affordable housing building.

Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc.
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
$66,465
A second-year grant to expand an inter-professional, in-home program involving health screenings for older clients of Fresh Meals On Wheels.

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
$74,134
A one-year grant to support implementation of a new community paramedicine program for individuals over age 65 suffering from congestive heart failure.

Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. d/b/a Elder Options
Gainesville, Florida
$141,898
A two-year grant to continue, increase, and sustain Healthy Aging programs.

Naples Senior Center at JFCS
Naples, Florida
$38,500
A one-year grant to offer an early memory loss program for older persons with mild cognitive impairment or very early dementia, or for those with significant concerns about their memory.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$40,000
A one-year grant to provide targeted, group-based educational workshops and one-on-one counseling that will help older homeowners maintain their homes and continue living in the community.

Northwest Side Housing Center
Chicago, Illinois
$30,000
A 14-month grant to pilot an intergenerational program designed to improve resilience in older adults.

Open Communities
Evanston, Illinois
$65,890
A one-year grant to make housing counseling and outreach services more accessible to older people.

Over the Rainbow Association
Evanston, Illinois
$10,000
A one-year grant to begin a gardening program for older residents with physical disabilities to improve their health, nutrition, quality of life, and social engagement.

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Rockford, Illinois
$54,808
A one-year grant to support a new, full-time paralegal position to assist attorneys in handling complex Medicaid long-term care cases.

Public Interest Law Initiative
Chicago, Illinois
$6,600
A one-year grant to support a legal aid intern who will provide legal assistance in teh areas of housing, financial stability, end-of-life planning, and/or financial exploitation and abuse to older persons.

Regional Food Bank of Northeast Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
$26,708
A one-year grant for a pilot program designed to reduce food insecurity through food deliveries, replacement of kitchen equipment, nutrition education, and benefits assistance to low-income older people.

Revitalize Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$40,000
A third-year grant to continue providing minor repairs and home maintenance to low-income older homeowners who are committed to aging in place in their neighborhoods.

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois
$102,247
A one-year grant to create support for family caregivers throughout the Rush health system by standardizing processes to identify them, assess their needs, and provide relevant services and resources.

Saint John’s Community Care
Collinsville, Illinois
$50,890
A two-year grant to continue a pilot program for older persons with early stage dementia and their caregivers.

SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging
Springfield, Missouri
$30,918
A second-year grant to replicate the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers in nine southwest Missouri counties.

United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago
Cicero, Illinois
$36,400
A third-year grant for a pilot program to provide home-based nursing services to older group home residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
$70,843
A one-year grant to develop a Spanish language cultural adaptation of Stepping On, an evidence-based fall prevention program, and assess its feasibility to be delivered with fidelity to Latinx older people.

The Village Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$70,000
A one-year grant to expand a co-mentoring program that encourages cross-generational bi-directional learning among older and young adults.

White Crane Wellness Center
Chicago, Illinois
$25,000
A one-year grant to train staff, enhance programming, and improve facilities to meet the needs of Adult Day Services clients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging
Madison, Wisconsin
$79,174
A one-year grant to design effective referral systems to engage low-income and rural-residing older adults in evidence-based, healthy aging programs.

Professional Training and Development


AgeOptions, Inc.
Oak Park, Illinois
$125,000
A one-year grant for continued support of the Make Medicare Work Coalition (MMW), helping older people in Illinois access affordable healthcare and use their benefits effectively.

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
$78,966
A one-year grant to continue addressing the behavioral health needs of older adults through competency-based workforce training for Senior Center staff in Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin.

Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, New York
$130,000
A one-year grant to strengthen the reporting of journalists by providing educational information and insights on the consequences of loneliness across the lifespan, particularly in later years.

Education Development Center, Inc.
Waltham, Massachusetts
$202,462
An 18-month grant to develop and pilot test an online training curriculum for Emergency Medical Service providers to help them identify patients at risk for elder abuse and report appropriately to adult protective services.

Generations United
Washington, D.C.
$110,257
A second-year grant to expand intergenerational programming within senior housing.

Home Centered Care Institute
Schaumburg, Illinois
$140,155
An 18-month grant to build a network of well-trained, home-based primary care providers in Florida.

Iowa CareGivers
West Des Moines, Iowa
$126,573
An 18-month grant to ensure that older Iowans receive access to good oral healthcare by maximizing the capacity, impact, and sustainability of a state-recognized, competency-based training program for direct care workers.

The Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
Columbia, Maryland
$158,772
An 18-month grant to revise clinical practice guidelines on pain, delirium, dementia, and depression and disseminate them to clinicians in post-acute and long-term care settings.

Research

Hartford HealthCare
Hartford, Connecticut
$118,941
A two-year grant to evaluate whether exposure to multi-sensory stimulation environments can improve clinical and cognitive outcomes in older patients at risk of delirium.

Harvard T.H. Chang School of Public Health
Boston, Massachusetts
$195,786
A two-year grant to systematically examine chronic opioid therapy use and cessation, as well as the health outcomes associated with its discontinuation in older adults.

Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center
Oxford, Ohio
$103,985
An 18-month grant to study the impact of Our Family, Our Way, a communication and care coordination process for caregiving families.

Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
$78,295
An 18-month grant to develop a psychometrically sound measure of the nature of intergenerational contact for the use of researchers and practitioners.

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York
Albany, New York
$200,000
A two-year grant to develop an educational intervention to engage older adults in initiating conversations with their physicians about de-prescribing.

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees
Tampa, Florida
$158,030
A two-year grant to research risks and protective factors leading to different outcomes (functional decline, long-term care placement, and death) between clients receiving services from the aging service provider network and clients on waiting lists for these services.

University of Louisville Research Foundation
Louisville, Kentucky
$112,500
An 18-month grant to determine which aspects of the hearing screening experience influence whether participants will use an online Decision Coaching Guide and subsequently visit an audiologist.

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
$176,382
A two-year grant to develop real-world measures of financial management, identify risk factors for fraud and exploitation, and create a motivational interviewing module to help older people protect their finances.

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
$246,758
A two-year grant to study how highly partnered Area Agencies on Aging establish and maintain collaborative relationships with healthcare partners.

Organizational Capacity Building Program

Standard OCB Grants

(Funding limited to Illinois)

Barrington Area Council on Aging
Barrington, Illinois
$32,049
A four-month grant to develop a marketing plan with updated branding and organizational messaging.

Chinese American Service League, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$35,000
A seven-month grant to implement a strategic planning process that will create a roadmap for the organization’s next three years.

Encore Illinois, NFP
Hinsdale, Illinois
$39,875
A one-year grant to strengthen staffing structure and build capacity for efficient operations.

Lawndale Christian Health Center
Chicago, Illinois
$70,000
A one-year grant to support organizational planning to become the first PACE (Program All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provider in Illinois.

Meals At Home
Evanston, Illinois
$28,378
A one-year grant to enhance the organization’s information management and technology infrastructure.

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois
North Riverside, Illinois
$25,000
A one-year grant to provide partial support for a new outreach and volunteer coordinator position to improve recruitment, training, management, and retention of volunteers.

OCB Flexible Fund Grants

(Funding limited to Illinois)

Escorted Transportation Service Northwest
Arlington Heights, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to engage a consultant to build the organization’s fundraising capacity.

HANA Center
Chicago, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to develop a strategic communications plan.

Illinois Partners for Human Service
Chicago, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to engage a consultant to work on succession planning.

Kenneth Young Center
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to engage a consultant to help KYC leadership identify and prioritize organizational capacity building needs moving forward.

McGaw YMCA
Evanston, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to engage a consultant on program development for older adults in the organization’s low-income housing building.

Other


Alliance for Aging Research
Washington, D.C.
$30,000
A one-year grant for 2019 membership support.

Candid
New York, New York
$12,000
A one-year grant for 2019 membership support.

Council on Foundations
Washington, D.C.
$17,900
A one-year grant for 2019 membership support.

Forefront
Chicago, Illinois
$12,523
A one-year grant for 2019 membership support.

Gerontological Society of America
Washington, D.C.
$25,000
A one-year grant to educate journalists about new scientific findings, social and policy debates, and innovations and solutions for key aging-related issues to better allow them to spread new awareness to the population at large.

Grantmakers in Health
Washington, D.C.
$2,875
A one-year grant for 2019 membership support.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Washington, D.C.
$15,000
A one-year grant for 2019 membership support.

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