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LeadingAge's Innovations Fund

Innovations FundThe LeadingAge Innovations Fund is designed to catalyze innovation among our members to develop programs that have the potential for demonstrable impact on residents, clients, families, employees or the broader community and have the potential for replication. 

Thanks to the generosity of LeadingAge members and a matching grant from the NewCourtland Foundation, we are able to offer 2 categories of grant funding this year: innovative dementia care programs, and addressing mental health needs in affordable senior housing settings.

Organizations may apply for both areas of funding, but are only eligible to receive one award.

Grants for Innovative Dementia Care Programs

 

LeadingAge and EMA hosted a Great Minds Gala fundraising event to recognize LeadingAge members and individuals who had exhibited extraordinary leadership in the quest to improve lives of those touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Funds from the event supported the LeadingAge Innovations Fund for grants to create and advance dementia programs.

Projects in this category should pursue promising strategies for improving the quality of life and quality of care for people with dementia.  Project may include non-pharmacological pilot interventions or staff training programs. Applicants may apply for either $50,000 for new projects or $25,000 to implement existing programs that are adapted in a new way, such as being used in a different setting, delivered by a different staffing arrangement or serving a different population.


Applicants 
  • Applicant must be a LeadingAge provider member.
  • Associate members and business affiliates are not eligible.
  • Organizations that are not LeadingAge members may be a partner in the proposed project. However, a LeadingAge member must be the primary applicant and must play a significant role in the project.

Eligible Activities

  • Projects must focus on innovative programs to improve the lives of people with dementia or staff training programs to care for people with dementia.
  • Projects can take place in any residential setting, e.g., nursing homes, assisted living, adult day care, home health, housing, etc.

Ineligible Activities

The following activities are not eligible for funding:

  • Capital or construction campaigns
  • Conference or convention sponsorship
  • Endowments or annual appeals
  • Individual scholarships, fellowships or support
  • Lobbying
  • General operating support
  • Licensing of existing dementia programs
 

There is a total of $50,000 devoted to grants relating to innovative programs that relate to serving residents and clients with dementia. Applicants may apply for either $50,000 for new projects or $25,000 to implement existing programs that are adapted in a new way, such as being used in a different setting, delivered by a different staffing arrangement or serving a different population.

Grants for Addressing Mental Health Needs in Affordable Senior Housing Settings

 

The past 2 years of Innovations Fund grants have focused on supporting innovative housing plus services models. This is a special area of interest for our partner, the NewCourtland Foundation. This year, with their support, we will focus on projects that seek to address the mental health needs of low-income residents living in affordable senior housing settings.



Applicants may apply for either $50,000 for new projects or $25,000 to implement existing programs that are adapted in a new way, such as being used in a different setting, delivered by a different staffing arrangement or serving a different population.


Applicants
  • Applicant must be a LeadingAge provider member.
  • Associate members and business affiliates are not eligible.
  • Organizations that are not LeadingAge members may be a partner in the proposed project. However, a LeadingAge member must be the primary applicant and must play a significant role in the project.

Eligible Activities

  • Projects must focus on low-income elderly.
  • Projects must take place in independent, congregate senior housing settings. Applicants and/or project partners may be providers of other residential settings or services; however, the project activities must focus on non-licensed, congregate housing settings.
  • Projects can include direct interventions with residents and/or staff training.
  • Projects can address any mental-health related area (e.g. depression, anxiety, serious mental illness or drug and alcohol abuse). 

Ineligible Activities

The following activities are not eligible for funding:

  • Capital or construction campaigns.
  • Conference or convention sponsorship.
  • Endowments or annual appeals.
  • Individual scholarships, fellowships or support.
  • Lobbying.
  • General operating support.
 


There is a total of $100,000 devoted to grants around innovative projects that address mental health in affordable housing plus services. Applicants may apply for either $50,000 for new projects or $25,000 to implement existing programs that are adapted in a new way, such as being used in a different setting, delivered by a different staffing arrangement or serving a different population.

It is our hope that, by showing promising practices through projects funded by the Innovation Fund, we will influence both policy and practice in years to come.

Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted online through the MyLeadingAge.org portal. To access and submit the application, you must have a MyLeadingAge.org account.

Preview a Copy of the Grant Application and Budget Form

(Please note that the above are for your reference only. In order to submit an application, you will need to complete the online application process available at the link below).

Access the Grant Application

Applications are due August 4, 2014. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected or not during the first half of October.

Please note that although the website will save your responses as you input them, we suggest that you complete your application in a Word document and then paste your final responses into the application website.

Informational Conference Call Recording

LeadingAge held an informational conference call on July 9 at 1:30 p.m. The recording from that call is now available. Questions about the innovations fund may be sent via email to innovations@leadingage.org.

About the NewCourtland Foundation

An affiliate of NewCourtland, a leading, non-profit provider of community services, housing, a nursing home, education and workforce development and LeadingAge member headquartered in Philadelphia, The NewCourtland Foundation supports not-for-profit organizations that have a stated mission of providing housing and/or programming to low-income seniors. 

The foundation’s commitment will also extend to train and educate personnel who work, or wish someday to work, in support of those seniors.

At the present time, funding activities of the NewCourtland Foundation are restricted to the joint venture with LeadingAge.

The NewCourtland Foundation will work jointly with LeadingAge to administer the grants.

More About the Innovations Fund

2nd Round Innovations Fund Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 2nd-round recipients of grants from our Innovations Fund. The grants were given to projects that focused on the importance of bringing housing and services together to allow lower-income elderly to safely age in place.

Pledge Form

Innovation and transformation of the field, however, will require support that transcends annual budget temporalities. We ask you to consider a donation to the fund.

About the NewCourtland Foundation

An affiliate of NewCourtland, a leading, non-profit provider of community services, housing, a nursing home, education and workforce development and LeadingAge member headquartered in Philadelphia, The NewCourtland Foundation supports not-for-profit organizations that have a stated mission of providing housing and/or programming to low-income seniors. The Foundation’s commitment will also extend to train and educate personnel who work, or wish someday to work, in support of those seniors. At the present time, funding activities of the NewCourtland Foundation are restricted to the joint venture with LeadingAge. The NewCourtland Foundation will work jointly with LeadingAge to administer the grants, which will be awarded in increments of up to $25,000.

About the Great Minds Gala

LeadingAge and EMA hosted a Great Minds Gala fundraising event to recognize LeadingAge members and individuals who had exhibited extraordinary leadership in the quest to improve lives of those touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The gala will be held again in 2015.