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

Benetech
Benetech

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
Byte Back

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

CareWheels
CareWheels

The grant will help continue development of the CareBank, a cloud based platform utilizing in-home sensors that improves senior’s medication adherence and social connectedness through peer-to-peer monitoring.  Learn more. >

Community Technology Network
Community Technology Network

The group will partner with Family Eldercare to provide individualized 12-week digital literacy programs to seniors in Austin, TX.  

Easter Seals of Greater Houston
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.  Learn more. >

Front Porch
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. Learn more. >

Hearing Loss Association of America
Hearing Loss Association of America

The group will create videos about the benefits of hearing technology for older adults with hearing loss in various situations including at work, in restaurants and at home.

Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse Guild

Grant-enabled programs will give students with vision loss the ability to produce, compose, arrange, record and perform music through the use of accessible technology.  Learn more. >

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels

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

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.

Oak Hill
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
Older Adults Technology Services

The organization will develop additional content and best practices to increase the reach of its award-winning Senior Planet platform. Learn more. >

Senior Navigator
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
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
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.

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

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.

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.

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