New Grants Available – Housing and Services to Low Income Elderly
Grants to Fund Innovative Projects that Blend Housing and Services for Low-Income Elderly
LeadingAge announced the availability of grants through its inaugural Innovations Fund, which seeks to catalyze innovation among LeadingAge members by funding programs that have demonstrable impact on residents, clients, families, employees or the broader community.
Through the generosity of its members, LeadingAge intended to award $50,000 in its inaugural year but a matching grant from the NewCourtland Foundation (an affiliate of NewCourtland, a LeadingAge member) doubled the amount available. A total of $100,000 will now be available through the Innovations Fund in its inaugural year for projects that address the critical importance of bringing housing and services together to meet the needs of lower income elderly.
“Innovation is one of our six Leadership Imperatives,” said Larry Minnix, LeadingAge’s president and CEO. “This fund reinforces our promise of expanding the world of possibilities for aging, and the matching support from the NewCourtland Foundation literally achieves this with the expectation that those possibilities will be realized.”
“Like LeadingAge, NewCourtland seeks to design new alternatives to address the evolving needs of seniors,” added Gail Kass, president and CEO of NewCourtland. “The greatest need and opportunity for invention resides in housing bundled with services, and this collaboration will avail providers with much-needed resources to conceptualize and implement creative, yet common sense solutions for the aging services community.”
Funding activity of the NewCourtland Foundation is currently restricted to thisjoint venture with LeadingAge. As part of the collaboration, the NewCourtland Foundation will work with LeadingAge to administer the grants, which will be awarded in increments of up to $25,000 in the first year. Multi-year proposals will be considered.
Winning proposals will address one or several of the following dimensions of housing with services, with examples of areas of possible emphasis noted:
- Assessment (development/implementation of resident assessment tools; using information to prioritize services; developing resident service plans).
- Health and Wellness Programming(health promotion activities; self-care management; chronic care management; transitional care and health education).
- Partnerships with Service Providers (co-location of services; development of formal collaborations with community health and social service agencies).
- Workforce Training (service coordinator training; property manager training around linking housing and services).
- Technology (assistive devices; retrofitting and home modification; wireless communication; telehealth)
LeadingAge members must submit proposals through an online application that can be found at http://www.leadingage.org/InnovationsGrant2012.aspx. Interested bidders should submit questions via email by September 10 to [email protected]. Applications will be due on or before October 30, but priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by September 30. Recipients will be announced in November.