Volume 16 | Issue 50 | December 15, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
2021 State of Grandfamilies Report is Now Available
Last week, Generations United released the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report. The report, Reinforcing a Strong Foundation: Equitable Supports for Basic Needs of Grandfamilies includes updated national and state data on grandfamilies and key recommendations to address inequities and provide critical supports to serve grandfamilies well. You can download a copy of the report or watch a recording of the release event. Learn more.

The report was featured in this NBC News article by Char Adams that included Sarah Smalls, GRAND Voice, and Jaia Lent, Generations United's deputy executive director.
Apply for the AARP Purpose Prize Award
The AARP Purpose Prize award is a national award in the United States that celebrates people 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a difference. Through the Purpose Prize award, AARP celebrates the creativity, innovation, and inspiration that life experience brings. Up to five Winners who have founded a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization will win $50,000 for their organization to honor the Winner’s achievements. They will also have access to a number of technical assistance supports and resources to help broaden their organizations’ impact. In addition, AARP also recognizes other outstanding applicants by designating up to ten (10) Fellows from the AARP Purpose Prize award applicants. Fellows’ organizations will receive $10,000 each and the Fellows will also have access to a number of technical assistance supports and resources. Applications are due Jan. 17, 2022. Learn more.
2021 Influencers in Aging Include Intergenerational Champions
Congratulations to Trish Lopez, founder of Teeniors, and Joy Zhang and Madeline Dangerfield-Cha, co-founders of Mon Ami who were included in Next Avenue's 2021 Influencers in Aging. This list recognizes thought leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, and experts changing how we think about aging. Learn more.
Thank You to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Bill Libro for his contribution in memory of Christa Shiffer and Southwire Company for their year-end contribution. Consider making a donation today to help unleash the potential of a society that values all generations. If you're an organization, join us!
Webinar - Dementia in the Community: Intergenerational Programming Aimed at Engaging Children, Youth, and People Living with Dementia
The National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center (NADRC) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET. In this webinar, ONEgeneration will provide information on the benefits of intergenerational programming, while also addressing the creation of a successful intergenerational model that has integrated children, from infancy to 5 years old, with older adults living with dementia. Participants will also learn about the Latino YCare program, which is designed for children and youth who live in families that include a person with dementia and who are involved in their care. Learn more and register today.
Public Call for Programs and Services
The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse is pleased to announce that a public call for program and service recommendations is now open. This call is an opportunity for the public to recommend mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs and services for systematic review. Additional public calls for recommendations will occur on at least an annual basis. The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2021. Learn more.
Tapping into Technology to Stay Connected and Engaged
This booklet, developed by engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults in partnership with the Eldercare Locator and Older Adults Technology Services, provides older adults with information on available technology options, how to access technology and how technology can help them stay engaged and connected to their communities. The booklet is available in English and Spanish. Learn more.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
NEW - The Eisner Foundation's New York City Expansion. The Eisner Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry from organizations in New York City’s five boroughs offering intergenerational solutions to society’s greatest challenges. Deadline: Jan. 23, 2022. Learn more.

Food Security Efforts Funded - Department of Agriculture. The Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program seeks to improve food and nutrition security in low-income communities through a food systems approach and social determinants of health framework. Two types of grants are available: Community Food Projects and Planning Projects. Community Food Project grants support the development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. Planning Project grants provide support to complete a plan toward the improvement of community food security. Deadline: Dec. 20, 2021. Learn more.

The Merck Family Fund is dedicated to protecting the natural environment and ensuring a healthy planet for generations to come and to strengthening the social fabric and the physical landscape of urban communities. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following three program areas including the Urban Farming and Youth Leadership program supports initiatives in New York City and Philadelphia as well as low-income urban areas in Massachusetts that help young people to create urban farms and local markets. The deadlines for letters of inquiry in 2022 are January 10 and July 11. Learn more.

NEW - First Nations Development Institute: Gather Food Sovereignty Grant. The First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is dedicated to strengthening American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. The Gather Food Sovereignty Grant program will support organizations working to build a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced, and supported by community policies. This funding round will provide up to seven grants of approximately $32,000 for emerging projects that focus on developing Tribal food sovereignty. Tribal governments and Native-controlled nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Deadline: Jan. 13, 2022. Learn more.

JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth. The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants—ranging from $15,000 to $40,000—for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for pre-K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer conflict resolution education (CRE) skills from adults to youth. The focus for 2022 is on utilizing conflict resolution education and training for youth to create opportunities to prevent and manage conflict in the following settings: foster care, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, school, and after-school programs, and youth correctional facilities. Deadline: Jan. 14, 2022. Learn more.

The Les Paul Foundation inspires innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through the support of music education, recording, innovation, and medical research related to hearing. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations for programs that encourage innovation in music production and/or performance as well as to innovative STEM and STEAM programs for students and others in challenging situations. The Foundation also provides grants for medical research related to curing tinnitus and hearing impairment issues. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2022. Learn more.

National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read supports the development of community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to a specific book chosen by the community. Deadline: Jan. 26, 2022. Learn more.

American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities. AmeriCorps Seniors' focus with this opportunity are applicants who can demonstrate how they will engage adults age 55 and over in impactful national service to address one or more of the identified priorities. AmeriCorps Seniors prioritizes serving communities that are hard-to-reach and/or those that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2022. Learn more.

The CareSource Foundation supports programs that improve health outcomes and conditions for low-income, underserved populations in the communities the company serves in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. The Foundation provides Community Grants to nonprofit organizations that address one or more of the following areas: 1) health education, disease management, and prevention programs; 2) programs that promote healthy births and enable vulnerable newborns, children, and parents to thrive; 3) programs that help rebuild healthy neighborhoods, reduce health inequities, and create economic opportunity for vulnerable populations; and 4) education programs that prepare the next generation of professionals, and foster a high-quality, diverse workforce. Applications for Community Grants may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SGRG) Act Initial Report to Congress
On November 16, 2021, the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren released its initial report to Congress. This report outlines the joys, challenges, gaps, and unmet needs faced by kin and grandparent caregivers. It also describes federal programs currently available to assist them and provides 22 recommendations for better supporting kinship families and grandfamilies. Learn more
Generations United Resources
NEW: Reinforcing a Strong Foundation: Equitable Supports for Basic Needs of Grandfamilies. The 2021 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report highlights how the systems and services that help U.S. families were not designed for grandfamilies, leaving children and caregivers in these families with inequitable access to key resources to help their families thrive. The report highlights include updated national and state data on grandfamilies and key recommendations to address inequities and provide critical supports to serve grandfamilies well. Learn more.

Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family. This new toolkit is designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve all Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement. Learn more.

Sharing Our Space: A Toolkit for Developing and Enhancing Intergenerational Shared Sites is designed for individuals and organizations interested in creating an intergenerational shared site or enhancing services at their current site. Divided into 10 sections, the toolkit details every step of the development and operation process, from initial planning to sustaining long-term shared site programs. Each section includes effective practices, challenges, tips, examples, and concrete tools gathered from researchers and practitioners from across the field, organized towards the goal of assisting readers in planning and implementing high-quality shared sites. Learn more.

Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs provides rationale and facts to help make the case for intergenerational programs. It is based on a comprehensive review of the literature on intergenerational programs and highlights evidence-based findings on how intergenerational programs benefit everyone. This resource aims to strengthen and expand intergenerational programs and support the growing field of practice by increasing the knowledge and skills of people working to connect and support older adults, children, and youth. Learn more.

Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone, serves as a companion piece to Making the Case and provides a synthesized overview of the benefits. Learn more.

Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic shares what we have learned about intergenerational engagement during the pandemic, including some of the research findings and a list of inspiring intergenerational initiatives focusing on creativity, art, and storytelling; helping each other; accessing vaccines; tutoring and mentoring; pen pals; and shared sites. We conclude with tips for addressing the digital divide; lessons learned; a checklist for virtual intergenerational programs; and resources to help you get started or strengthen your intergenerational work. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages. Generations United's new infographic illustrates that vaccines aren't just for kids-they protect all generations- especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying up to date on vaccines for the flu, pneumonia and whooping cough is important to protect both older adults and children. Check it out.

"The secret to keeping moving is keeping moving."
- Dick Van Dyke, who celebrated his 96th birthday this week

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The Generations United Team
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