2021 Grants

Advocacy

Documentary Educational Resources, Inc.
Watertown, Massachusetts
$100,000
A one-year grant to develop and broadcast a two-part radio documentary to examine how people age at home and how public policies affect the lives of older people.

Florida Health Justice Project, Inc.
Miami, Florida
$52,498
A third-year grant to continue addressing barriers in Florida’s Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services system to improve access, transparency, and due process for low-income older adults

Illinois Aging Services, Inc.
Springfield, Illinois
$180, 933
A two-year grant to broaden, educate, and galvanize a growing statewide coalition to advocate for State funding and policy changes to better meet the needs of the growing number of family caregivers in Illinois. 

National Able Network
Chicago, Illinois
$80,300
A one-year grant to continue advocacy efforts to improve workforce development for older adults. 

National Consumer Law Center
Boston, Massachusetts
$128,308
A third-year grant to continue advocacy and technical assistance work to protect the growing number of older homeowners with a home equity conversion mortgage, while also addressing racial inequities which have led to a disproportionate incidence of reverse mortgage defaults among Black and Latinx borrowers.

Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Chicago, Illinois
$80,000
A one-year grant for third-year support of a project that is successfully protecting the housing stability, rights, and safety of low-income older adults.

Direct Service

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

Aging Matters in Brevard
Cocoa, Florida
$76,682
A one-year grant to launch a new program designed to provide intensive case management and prevent homelessness among older adults. 

CJE SeniorLife
Chicago, Illinois
$64,275
A one-year grant to provide pro bono legal services to older adults, based on the medical-legal partnership model. 

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois
Woodstock, Illinois
$25,000
A one-year grant to build greater awareness of the organization’s services and increase the number of low-income older clients who receive financial counseling.

Divine Revelations Ministries, Inc.
Tallahassee, Florida
$15,000
A one-year grant to expand and evaluate an intergenerational, technology-based program to reduce loneliness and isolation among older adults.

Equal Justice Works
Washington, D.C.
$60,000
A one-year grant to provide direct legal services to older adults who have been victims of, or are at risk for, financial exploitation; and build the capacity of legal service organizations to become better at serving older adults experiencing financial exploitation. 

Florida Veterans Foundation Inc.
Tallahassee, Florida
$30,000
A one-year grant to educate, counsel, and assist older wartime veterans on opportunities to improve their financial wellbeing.

Howard Brown Health
Chicago, Illinois
$43,500
A one-year grant to launch a pilot program addressing social isolation through technology access and training for low-income older adults. 

International Institute of Metro St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
$49,578
A one-year grant for second-year support of RESET, a program that provides mental health screening, therapy, socialization, and psychoeducation for foreign-born adults, age 65 or older, and their families.

Metropolitan Asian Family Services
Chicago, Illinois
$50,000
A one-year grant to expand MAFS’ public benefits assistance program and improve the economic security of greater numbers of older South-Asian immigrants residing in Chicago’s west and southwest suburbs. 

NeighborLink Indianapolis Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana
$40,000
A one-year grant to enhance services to older low-income homeowners by expanding the assessment process to better address home-related needs. 

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois
$104,469
A one-year continuation grant to support the Caregiver Health and Well-Being Initiative, a program designed to support family caregivers throughout the Rush system and serve as a model that can be implemented by health systems nationwide. 

TeleHealth Access for Seniors, Inc.
Longwood, Florida
$10,000
A one-year grant to bring telehealth access to older adults and disadvantaged patients in the Chicagoland area.

Professional Education and Training

American Society on Aging
San Francisco, California
$130,000
A two-year grant to train and mentor BIPOC rising leaders in the field of aging on principles of advocacy, social justice, and leadership development.

Research

George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
$177,625
A two-year grant to examine the impact of a personalized music and memory intervention on the stress/burden and well-being of family caregivers of people living with dementia in the community.

National Academy of Social Insurance
Washington, D.C.
$125,000
A 15-month grant to translate policy research on the impacts of COVID-19 and equip advocates with new information and tools to strengthen social insurance programs for older people.

Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Illinois
$175,000
An 18-month grant to pilot and test the feasibility and efficacy of a culturally responsive, internet-based health education intervention for Latina family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois
$155,103
A one-year grant to rapidly develop, implement, and continuously evaluate a targeted, multifaceted, COVID-19 vaccine messaging and promotion strategy among Latinx older adults.

Trustees of Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
$149,863
An 18-month grant for research to explore how structural aspects of Social Security disadvantage specific populations of older people and evaluate how potential adjustments to distinct rules could improve the economic well-being of Social Security beneficiaries, particularly low-income people of color and women.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois
$144,258
An 18-month grant to study a technology-based intervention for older family members caring for loved ones with dementia which provides social engagement opportunities on topics of interest, unrelated to the specifics of caregiving. 

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
$100,000
A one-year grant to develop a delivery infrastructure to maximize the reach and implementation of Disaster PrepWise, a disaster preparedness program and tool designed specifically to support older adults in rural settings. 

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
$199,306
A two-year grant to develop a standardized digital home assessment tool that uses 3D modeling technology to enable home assessments to be performed effectively and efficiently off site.

Organizational Capacity Building Program

OCB Flexible Fund Grants

(Funding limited to Illinois)

North Shore Senior Center
Northfield, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant to engage a consultant to lead the Board through a self-assessment process that will increase Board engagement and ensure best practices in governance. 

Senior Care Volunteer Network
Crystal Lake, Illinois
$5,000
A six-month grant for targeted consultation for strategic planning efforts.

Other

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
Chicago, Illinois
$10,000
A six-month grant to provide fresh food and personal protective equipment to older adults living in Chicago’s Kenwood and Oakland communities.

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