2020 Grants

Advocacy

American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education
Washington, D.C.
$177,716
A one-year grant to conduct research on the criminal justice system’s treatment of older people with dementia.

Florida Health Justice Project, Inc. 
Miami, Florida
$52,800
A one-year grant to continue efforts aimed at increasing and improving Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services for low-income older Floridians.

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
Chicago, Illinois
$125,000
A one-year grant to build broad, multi-sectoral engagement and support for the development of a Strategic Action Plan on Aging for Illinois.

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
Chicago, Illinois
$25,000
A six-month grant to provide technical support and engage in education and advocacy as the Illinois Department on Aging develops a three-year State Plan on Aging.

Legal Council for Health Justice
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A one-year grant to continue advocacy that addresses gaps and barriers within Illinois’ Medicaid program and improves access to home- and community-based services.

Medicare Rights Center
New York, New York
$137,500
A one-year grant to continue protecting and improving access to affordable, quality healthcare coverage for older people and their families.

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Chicago, Illinois
$197,000
A two-year grant to increase the capacity of Chicago-area municipalities to become age-friendly communities.

National Able Network
Chicago, Illinois
$75,000
A one-year grant to engage a consulting firm to improve advocacy efforts for older adult employment resources.

National Academy for State Health Policy
Portland, Maine
$248,455
A two-year grant to develop a state policy roadmap on caregiving that provides practical resources states can use for identifying and implementing policies and practices that support family caregivers.

Pension Rights Center
Washington, D.C.
$60,000
A one-year grant to continue protecting retirees from pension benefit reductions and finally achieve a comprehensive solution to the multiemployer pension crisis.

Shriver Center on Poverty Law 
Chicago, Illinois
$80,000
A one-year grant to ensure safe, affordable housing for, and protect the rights of, low-income older adults in Illinois.

Shriver Center on Poverty Law 
Chicago, Illinois
$45,000
A one-year grant to ensure that eligible older adults enroll in and access healthcare through Illinois’ new Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors Program.

Social Security Works Education Fund
Chicago, Illinois
$90,000
A one-year grant to educate, empower, and activate older people from diverse backgrounds to make their voices heard more effectively about the importance of social Security and prepare them to share their stories using digital technology.

Direct Service

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

AIDS Service Organization of Pinellas, Inc. d/b/a EPIC
Clearwater, Florida
$60,575
A one-year grant to support a Friendly Caller Program designed to reduce social isolation and increase community connectedness for older LGBTQ adults.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
$39,823
A one-year grant to provide support services to persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia and their caregivers in high need, under-served areas in Wisconsin.

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
Madison, Wisconsin
$55,000
A fifteen-month grant to use telephone- and video-based creative arts interventions for caregivers and their loved ones with dementia to facilitate communication and reduce isolation. 

Antioch Area Healthcare Accessibility Alliance
Antioch, Illinois
$25,000
 A one-year grant to continue expansion of services to older people in Grant Township, Illinois. 

Arts At Large, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$20,000
 A second-year grant for the Mature Artist Program, which provides opportunities for socialization between mature artists and older adults with dementia.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
$35,998
 A one-year grant to continue expansion of caregiver services in a five-county area, including provision of respite services.

Employment Connection
St. Louis, Missouri
$22,358
 A one-year grant for a pilot project that provides maintenance services to low-income, older homeowners to enable them to age in place in the community.

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc.
Clearwater, Florida
$49,919
A one-year grant to expand a friendly caller program by recruiting and training volunteers from the community to connect by telephone with older adults.

Harmony Community Cares, NFP
Chicago, Illinois
$25,000
A one-year grant to continue the expansion of food pantry services in the North Lawndale community for older persons who are homebound or have limited mobility.

Heartland Housing
Chicago, Illinois
$90,000
A one-year grant to conduct early planning activities to identify and build support for new affordable housing communities for low-income older adults. 

Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A one-year grant to add the CAPABLE model to an Upkeep & Repair program serving low-income older persons.

Lakeview Pantry
Chicago, Illinois
$20,000
A one-year grant to expand a Pop-Up Pantry program that provides emergency food and vital social services to older people.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Chicago, Illinois
$30,000
A one-year grant to provide mental health screenings and services for older adults.

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois
North Riverside, Illinois
$25,000
A one-year grant to improve volunteer recruitment and management of the meals program for older adults in Northern Illinois.

Music Institute of Chicago
Evanston, Illinois
$48,500
An eight-month grant to use music as a way to engage students with older adults and provide intergenerational connections that address loneliness and social isolation for the older participants.

Naples Senior Center at JFCS
Naples, Florida
$38,500
A one-year grant to continue providing an early memory loss program for older persons with mild cognitive impairment.

National Council on Aging, Inc.
Arlington, Virginia
$300,000
A one-year grant to build a digital platform that will engage older people, empower them to assess their financial status, and encourage them to take action to improve their financial security.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$40,000
A one-year grant to provide resources, counseling, and advocacy for older people to lower their monthly costs and attain more affordable and sustainable housing.

North West Housing Partnership
Schaumburg, Illinois
$39,850
A one-year grant to continue implementing the CAPABLE program (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders) in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

Open Communities
Evanston, Illinois
$65,890
A one-year grant to expand housing to older people and make services more accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
Rockford, Illinois
$54,394
A one-year grant to support a paralegal position that assists attorneys in handling complex Medicaid long-term care cases as well as financial exploitation and abuse cases.

Respiratory Health Association
Chicago, Illinois
$90,760
An 18-month grant to provide tools, resources, and support to inform caregivers of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois
$102,212
A one-year grant to continue supporting family caregivers throughout the Rush health system by standardizing processes to identify them, assess their needs, and provide relevant services and resources.

Sinai Health System
Chicago, Illinois
$75,000
A one-year grant for a pilot project that supports informal caregivers of older people at risk of abuse by building caregiver knowledge, reducing stress, and improving the relationship between the older adult receiving care and the caregiver. 

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
$75,000
A one-year grant to support the Illinois Pension Assistance Project, providing pension counseling to, and advocacy services for, older people in Illinois to assure they receive the pension benefits to which they are entitled.

The Village Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$60,000
A one-year grant to expand the reach and diversity of a co-mentoring program that encourages cross-generational bi-directional learning among older and younger adults.

Voice of the People in Uptown
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A one-year grant to provide increased services to older residents in affordable housing buildings in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and support their ability to age in place.

Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin
$29,339
A one-year grant to empower unpaid, family caregivers with evidence-based health literacy skills that will enhance their communication and understanding when talking to physicians and health care providers.

Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
Washington, D.C.
$90,000
A one-year grant to develop the Financial Caregivers Project, which includes a comprehensive website with information and resources to strengthen caregivers’ long-term financial security, and partnerships that will allow the work to be disseminated nationally to serve caregivers across the country.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$30,000
A one-year grant to help low-income women achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment.

Professional Training and Development

AgeOptions, Inc.
Oak Park, Illinois
$125,000
A one-year grant to support the Make Medicare Work Coalition (MMW), supporting professionals helping older people in Illinois access affordable healthcare and use their benefits effectively and supporting MMW’s sustainability efforts.

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Cleveland, Ohio
$150,000
A two-year grant to enable the uptake, reach, and sustainability of Best Practice Caregiving, an online resource that allows organizations to easily identify programs that can be used to support caregivers.

Civic Ventures, DBA Encore.org
San Francisco, California
$150,000
A two-year grant to pilot the Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship, helping social innovators strengthen and disseminate promising intergenerational program models.

Diverse Elders Coalition
New York, New York
$80,000
A one-year grant to implement a training program that raises awareness about the unique needs of diverse family caregivers.

Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
$177,236
A 18-month grant to develop and test the feasibility and acceptability of an online educational program to enhance the mastery of Black American caregivers for managing health and safety issues, while providing care to loved ones living with dementia. 

Generations on Line
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$44,671
A one-year grant to expand a digital literacy training for use on smartphones so that professionals can help isolated older adults learn to use visual contact apps and easily complete the 2020 Census.

Generations United
Washington, D.C.
$65,749
A six-month grant to update key publications that serve as foundational resources for intergenerational practitioners and advocates with a lens towards cultural and racial equity, and develop a new resource to share best practices on how to adapt intergenerational programs when physical distancing is required.

National PACE Association
Alexandria, Virginia
$106,930
A two-year grant to pilot a behavioral health coaching model to improve services to PACE participants. 

Pro Bono Net, Inc.
New York, New York
$95,000
A one-year grant to support a national training and capacity-building initiative for the Legal Risk Detector, a web-based legal health check-up tool that screens and refers older people for legal services, as needed.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
$131,400
A two-year grant to develop a toolkit to help senior living providers identify and combat ageism and ableism.

Research

DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois
$100,000
An 18-month grant to study housing policy challenges and solutions associated with the changing demographic and economic characteristics of older adults in the greater Chicago region.

Education & Research Fund of Employee Benefit Research Institute
Washington, D.C.
$75,125
A one-year grant to develop an online tool that can be used by older adults to inform retirement planning and by policymakers and employers to develop approaches that support a comfortable and secure life for retirees.

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
$180,000
An 18-month grant to collect and analyze housing policymaking trends and promising practices developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, that can be used to resolve long-term inequalities and gaps in older people’s access to suitable housing.

Illinois Aging Services, Inc.
Peoria, Illinois
$142,221
An 18-month grant to oversee a collaborative project to research and assess the nature and scope of social isolation services in the state’s aging service network. 

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
$125,601
A one-year grant to conduct a pilot study focused on the feasibility and effectiveness of TACTICs, an intervention that is designed to support family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. 

Lutheran Services in America, Inc.
Washington, D.C.
$110,000
A one-year grant to evaluate LSA Senior Connect, a program that offers enhanced service coordination for older people residing in low-income and affordable housing communities.

Oasis Institute
Saint Louis, Missouri
$130,000
A two-year grant to study the impact of intergenerational volunteerism on the health outcomes of older adults.

Sound Generations
Seattle, Washington
$129,181
A one-year grant to evaluate the efficacy of the remote delivery of evidence-based health promotion programs, particularly focusing on the impact on health behaviors and loneliness during COVID-19.

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
$176,098
An 18-month grant to develop a reliable and valid instrument that measures the use and efficacy of various forms of intergenerational digital communication.

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
$154,254
A two-year grant to investigate a telephone-based community intervention and its effect on the social support and loneliness of visually-impaired older persons.

University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
$178,341
A two-year grant to research the need for, and effectiveness of, home repair programs for older homeowners. 

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
$51,273
A one-year grant to evaluate the impact of state paid family leave policies on informal caregiving and workforce participation.

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
$103,893
An 18-month grant to validate an assessment instrument to assist campuses to meet Age-Friendly University standards.

University of South Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
Tampa, Florida
$137,662
An 18-month grant to conduct research on the disaster experiences and preparedness of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).

University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas
$163,480
A two-year grant to test a 10-week reminiscence intervention for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), incorporating digital storytelling and an intergenerational approach.

Urban Institute
Washington, D.C.
$199,540
A twenty-month grant for a research initiative that will inform policy and practice for enabling effective support to older adults living in public housing.

Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$175,423
A two-year grant to develop a smartphone application optimized by population, form, and function to deliver an interactive, in-home dance intervention centered on social connectivity.

Organizational Capacity Building Program

Standard OCB Grants

(Funding limited to Illinois)

Arab American Family Services
Worth, Illinois
$48,806
A one-year grant to build the organization’s capacity to become a Community Care Program provider of in-home services and ensure future financial sustainability.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$39,310
A one-year grant for new technology to improve the efficiency of the operations of Adult Day and Home Care Services.

Center for Disability and Elder Law
Chicago, Illinois
$29,900
A one-year grant to develop and implement a fundraising and development plan.

Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Chicago, Illinois
$83,864
An 18-month grant to develop a joint private pay, in-home care service with Hanul Family Alliance, that will allow both organizations to expand their client base and generate revenue for future sustainability.

PLOWS Council on Aging
Palos Heights, Illinois
$36,997
A one-year grant for an organizational capacity building effort to further develop the Board of Directors and Advisory Council. 

Sounds Good Choir, NFP
Hinsdale, Illinois
$38,775
A one-year continuation grant to support the organization’s capacity-building work related to board and fund development.

OCB Flexible Fund Grants

(Funding limited to Illinois)

Harmony Community Cares, NFP
Chicago, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to engage a consultant in reviewing the organization’s Food Pantry management needs as they relate to expanding services to older community members.

Japanese American Service Committee
Chicago, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant for targeted consultation related to board development.

PLOWS Council on Aging
Palos Heights, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant for targeted consultation related to board development.

Center for Disability and Elder Law, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to conduct a readiness assessment.

Other

AgeOptions, Inc.
Oak Park, Illinois
$10,000
A one-year grant to address technological barriers posed by remote operations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Antioch Area Healthcare Accessibility Alliance
Antioch, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant for outreach and services being offered to older adults during the COVID-19 crisis.

Beyond Hunger
Oak Park, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to support the expansion of the home-delivered meals program for older people by using an interim location for meal distribution during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Chicago Community Foundation
Chicago, Illinois
$150,000
A one-time grant of $150,000 to support emergency grantmaking to Illinois nonprofits at the frontline of COVID-19 relief efforts.

Chinese American Service League, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to support an emergency meal program serving older adults in senior housing buildings and other community settings in Chinatown.

Crossroads Fund
Chicago, Illinois
$45,000
A one-year grant to support the Racial Justice Pooled Fund, a funder collaborative that supports community organizations working on issues of racial, social, and economic justice in the Chicago area.

Ford Heights Community Service Organization Inc.
Ford Heights, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to purchase basic supplies and support the weekend meal program for older adults.

Forefront
Chicago, Illinois
$12,000
A one-year grant to support a funder collaborative that provides resources to build strategic partnerships between nonprofits in Illinois.

Grantmakers in Aging
Arlington, Virginia
$7,500
A one-year grant to support a funder collaborative addressing aging-related housing challenges.

Hanul Family Alliance
Chicago, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to provide equipment and technology to better support staff members working remotely so that essential services for older people are provided without disruption.

Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance
Cicero, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to purchase emergency food and personal hygiene products for older people who live alone or have cognitive impairments.

Meals On Wheels Northeastern Illinois
Evanston, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to subsidize the costs of meals for older people struggling from food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis.

Northwest Side Housing Center
Chicago, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to provide direct financial assistance for older people facing economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Open Communities 
Evanston, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to support counseling and advocacy programs that assist older people facing housing challenges.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$350,000
A one-time grant of $350,000 to support emergency funding to Chicago-area nonprofits on the frontline of COVID-19 relief efforts.

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