The following are examples of innovative practices and grants that philanthropic organizations have supported, developed and/or implemented for aging and disabled populations.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has issued many grants in 2020 through our COVID-19 Response Fund that specifically focus on aging and disabled populations, some of which include:
- Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) received $500,000 to assist those who are most vulnerable, especially the elderly, unemployed, children and youth. This grant will provide 30 sub-grants to local agencies with a focus on holistic case management that includes emergency food, shelter, health care, financial assistance and case management.
- CrowdSource Rescue was awarded $40,000 to continue organizing volunteers for no-contact food deliveries to seniors and high-risk residents in 11 southeast Texas counties.
- United Neighborhood Health Tennessee received $70,000 to reach some of middle Tennessee’s most vulnerable and at-risk residents and reduce COVID-19 transmission. By decreasing potential illness, hospitalization and death, the project is focused on maintaining or improving the health of this vulnerable population.
Also related to COVID-19 are the following grants:
The Walter and Elise Haas Fund awarded $125,000 to Justice in Aging to provide two years of general operating support for statewide public policy efforts to address the needs of low-income older adults impacted by COVID-19.
The Sussex Community Foundation donated $3,848 to the Exeter Street Community Hall to support ongoing projects during COVID-19 that are focused on elderly vulnerable people including a social interaction initiative, food support and sheltering both residents and emergency responders.
The DIGDEEP right to water project received $1 million from StartSmall LLC to support the Navajo Water Project, which helps build the resilience of tribal members, especially the elderly and those who are at higher risk (such as those with disabilities), by connecting them to hot and cold running water so they can stay at home during COVID-19 and future outbreaks.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving granted $125,000 to HARC to support additional operating expenses related to personal protective equipment, additional sanitizing and increased staffing to support and maintain the well-being of 100 intellectually disabled residents.
As part of CDP’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund, many grants have been provided since 2017 to support aging and disabled populations. For more information about specific grants, please visit the webpage or read some of the impact stories.
Other innovative practices and grant include:
The Lutheran Missouri Synod received $156,000 in 2018 from the Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation to support their Helping Hand Initiative, which focuses on critical home repair needs of low-income, disabled and elderly residents who cannot afford to conduct repairs otherwise.
A $500 donation from the Leandro P Rizzuto Foundation to the Soarway Foundation in 2018 to support direct assistance to groups working with elderly victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
In 2018, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund donated $18,000 to support the Disability Unit of the Regional Disaster Management Agency in the Klaten District of Central Java, Indonesia. This grant helped increase the participation of persons with disabilities in development planning mechanisms as well as several other initiatives relating to people with disabilities in disasters and emergencies.