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.

Active Grants

Beneficent Technology dba Benetech
Beneficent Technology dba Benetech

Their flagship literacy initiative, Bookshare, is the world’s largest digital library of accessible materials. Funding will enable seniors with disabilities to access books, periodicals and other materials. 

CareWheels: Developed the CareBank
CareWheels: Developed the CareBank

A cloud and mobile sensing platform will allow small peer groups to monitor one other’s well-being through mutual safety monitoring and remote care for older adults. Learn more. >

Easter Seals of Greater Houston
Easter Seals of Greater Houston

BridgingApps, a program of the Easter Seals of Greater Houston, will expand content on their website, which is a digital compendium of apps specifically targeted at seniors and those with disabilities. These apps aim to improve physical, cognitive and/or social health of seniors and those with disabilities. Learn more. >

Front Porch
Front Porch

Its Hearables for All Project is a 12-month program to develop technology education and track user feedback to integrate the next generation of wearable hearing devices into daily activities for hearing-impaired older adults. Learn more. >

Gallaudet University Technology Access Program
Gallaudet University Technology Access Program

The CTA Foundation supports the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University with two grants.

The first grant is to teach consumers with hearing loss about the effective use of their hearing devices with telecommunications technologies. Gallaudet TAP produced a series of instructional videos

In a second grant Gallaudet TAP is developing visual and vibration alerting solutions that work with off the shelf components and Internet of Things solutions to provide accessible alerting solutions.

Generations on Line
Generations on Line

Generations on Line strives to simplify technology in order to foster and promote Internet literacy skills to older adults. They have created, tested and developed on-screen tutorials that guide a senior step-by step with age-friendly instructions in large type, clear phrasing and with respect. Learn more. >

Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington
Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington

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. Classes focus on digital literacy that can help seniors stay connected to family and friends, manage their finances and their health care.

Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse Guild

Programs give students with vision loss the ability to produce, compose, arrange, record and perform music through the use of accessible technology. The Henry A. Grunwald Technology Center helps older adults maximize everyday consumer technology to help them live more independent and creative lives. Learn more. >

Meritan, Inc.
Meritan, Inc.

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. These homes will be equipped with fully integrated hi-tech capabilities, including monitors, camera, sensors, and tablets that will create a remote patient monitoring system

Music & Memory
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. 

The pilot seeks to assess which tablet applications are best suited to enhance socialization, cognition, communication, mood, behavior and overall quality of life for the aging population living in care facilities. The grant includes an evaluation component and development of a guide outlining best practices to assist care facilities in adopting the use of tablets in the nursing home environment.

OASIS Institute
OASIS Institute

Offers lifelong learning classes and will expand its reach by offering them through an online platform. Similar to an online classroom, this will create an “on demand” learning experience for older adults in the comfort of their own homes. The OASIS Institute reaches more than 24,000 older adults in nine cities through a variety of classes. Learn more. >

Older Adults Technology Services
Older Adults Technology Services

Populates Senior Planet U, an online learning platform providing free multimedia content to older adults on how to use consumer technologies, with more thematic content related to health and wellness. Through the use of consumer technologies, OATS aims to make aging a more engaged, productive and healthy experience. Learn more. >

Research to Prevent Blindness
Research to Prevent Blindness

Runs research awards that provide seed funding for innovative research initiatives to address urgent needs in understanding and treating low vision. CTA Foundation funding supports the Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award to seed funding for innovative, cutting-edge, collaborative research which demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking and approaches that are mindful of the needs of low vision patients. Learn more. >

San Diego Futures Foundation
San Diego Futures Foundation

The Senior Tech Ambassador Program utilizes tech-savvy older adult volunteers to teach free, community-based technology classes to peers including those with low vision and other disabilities. San Diego Futures Foundation uses technology as a means to combat social isolation and improve the quality of life for each of the seniors who engage in this program. Learn more. >

Selfhelp Community Services
Selfhelp Community Services

A Virtual Senior Center uses easy touchscreen interfaces, so participants can easily join classes and enjoy cultural experiences and social activities as if they were in the room. 

Previous Grants

American Foundation for the Blind
American Foundation for the Blind

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

Hearing Loss Association of America
Hearing Loss Association of America

2013, 2014: Promoted consumer and assistive technologies for individuals with hearing loss. 

Raising the Floor
Raising the Floor

2013: Researched a searchable database of assistive technologies.

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
SeniorNavigator
National Academies of Sciences