CTA Foundation Grants

The foundation’s grants strategically support programs that improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. Because we consider grants part of a partnership, we works closely with our grantees to ensure their programs’ success.

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Active Grants

AARP Foundation
The AARP Foundation is developing a voice technology program – using Amazon’s Alexa – to connect seniors to one another.

The Arc of the United States
The “environment navigator” pilot program will help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to efficiently orient themselves with new jobs and roles.

Bookshare, the world’s largest digital library of accessible materials and support for Benetech’s flagship literacy initiative, will develop an app that will work on smart speakers.

Byte Back
Funding will support people with disabilities and seniors in various technology programs purchase tablets, screen magnifiers and other assistive technologies.

To promote inter-generational mentoring, the Cyber-Seniors program connects middle school, high school and college students with seniors to train them to use technologies such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

Easter Seals of Greater Houston
BridgingApps, a program of the Easter Seals of Greater Houston, will expand its website content – a digital compendium of apps specifically targeted at seniors and those with disabilities.

The first-of-its-kind Accessible Products Hotline will employ customer service agents with visual impairments to help low vision or blind consumers identify and support accessible products.

Front Porch
The organization will expand its Voice-Activated Independence and Smart Home Engagement Project to introduce voice and smart home technologies across its senior living communities.

Jewish Healthcare Foundation
The Foundation is working to scale and grow its Virtual Senior Academy, a program using telepresence technology to reduce social isolation among seniors.

Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB) and Visually Impaired Community Services
This program helps increase access to assistive technology training for seniors who are blind or have low vision, so they can maintain active lives in their own homes.

Meals on Wheels
A pilot project will test the feasibility of virtually connecting isolated, home-bound seniors to their local senior center.

Meals on Wheels Central Texas
The Connecting Seniors with Technology program gives low income, homebound seniors and adults with disabilities access to the internet and computer training.

Music & Memory
The CTA Foundation supported a pilot project to learn how tablet technology can be leveraged to enhance quality of life for the elderly and infirm in long-term care, including those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, as well as other cognitive and physical challenges.

Oak Hill
Funding will develop a “smart home on wheels” to bring the versatile technology to seniors and individuals with disabilities who lack transportation.

Older Adults Technology Services
The organization will develop additional content and best practices to increase the reach of its award-winning Senior Planet platform.

Senior Navigator
The group will expand its online searchable library of specialized technology-based solutions for seniors and their caregivers.

South Florida Institute on Aging
Bring the award-winning Senior Planet technology program to South Florida to improve digital literacy and reduce social isolation in seniors.


Previous Grants

American Foundation for the Blind
2013, 2015: Created a set of tutorials for using the open source NVDA screen reader.

2013, 2015, 2017, 2018: Helped continue development of the CareBank.

Community Technology Network
2018: Partnered with Family Eldercare to provide individualized 12-week digital literacy programs to seniors in Austin, TX.

Galludet University Technology Access Program
2014, 2015: The CTA Foundation supports the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University with two grants; one to teach consumers with hearing loss about the effective use of their hearing devices with telecommunications technologies, and the second to develop visual and vibration alerting solutions that work with off the shelf components.

Hearing Loss Association of America
2013, 2014, 2018: Promoted consumer and assistive technologies for individuals with hearing loss.

Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington
2016: The CTA Foundation supports JCA’s SeniorTech initiative to increase capacity at five of their tech training centers where computer and technology courses are taught to adults age 50 plus by expert, older adult volunteers.

Lighthouse Guild
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018: Gave students with vision loss the ability to produce, compose, arrange, record and perform music through the use of accessible technology.

Meritan, Inc.
2016: The CTA Foundation supports Meritan’s
Smart Home program, created to enhance the lives of disabled citizens in the Memphis and Mid-South area. With this CTA Foundation grant Meritan’s Smart Home program will be operational in two of Meritan’s residential homes.

Raising the Floor
2013: Researched a searchable database of assistive technologies.

Grant Criteria

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Other Supported Organizations

  • AbleGamers
  • AAPD
  • Columbia Lighthouse
  • Hearing Health Foundation
  • LeadingAge CAST
  • Second Sense
  • Sight Connection
  • United Cerebral Palsy Life Labs
  • Watts Labor Community
  • Action Committee
  • Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
  • World Institute on Disability
  • Blind Center of Nevada
  • Easter Seals of Nevada
  • Avenidas
  • Grantmakers in Aging
  • Association Foundation Group
  • Aging2.0
  • Senior Navigator
  • National Academies of Sciences


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