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

Ablegamers Charity
Ablegamers Charity

The Ablegamers Charity gives people with disabilities custom gaming setups including modified controllers and special assistive technology to improve their quality of life. This grant assists Ablegamers in rapidly developing prototypes by providing them with a Large Format 3D Printer. 

Access HEARS
Access HEARS

This program will connect 500 low-income, minority older adults with hearing loss to over-the-counter hearing technologies. The Access HEARS intervention includes counseling, aural rehabilitation, and education on how to use affordable, accessible hearing technologies.

Avenidas
Avenidas

Avenidas’ Multilingual Tech Program (MTP) is an educational collaborative involving our online technology education program, Senior Planet @Avenidas (SP@A), and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI).  

Byte Back

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

Code of Support Foundation

Supporting new features in PATRIOTLink® which helps service members, veterans, caregivers and social service professionals connect to eligible resources. 

Community Technology Network

Support for Senior Connect, a scalable digital literacy training program targeted to low-income older adults in Central Texas who face social isolation due to COVID-19.

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio

Pilot a caregiver training experience using virtual reality (VR) technology. Through an immersive VR experience, COA will provide family caregivers with practical knowledge to successfully address common caregiving scenarios. 

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.

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.

Gallaudet University Technology Access Program

Accelerate the development from an early prototype to an easy-to-use automatic speech recognition-based captioning product that can be brought to market.

Helen Keller National Center

Supporting resources for people who are deaf-blind and older adults losing both vision and hearing.

Institute for Human Centered Design

Creating accessible experiences for the Smithsonian Latino Center and resources to help other museums to replicate accessibility in their exhibits. 

ITNAmerica

Support the upgrade and expansion of ITNRides, a national network of non-profit transportation networks for older adults and people with visual disabilities. 

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Expansion of the Access Tech Immersion Pilot to focus on individuals living in more rural communities as well as people who primarily speak Spanish.

Lutheran Services in America

Support for the Remote Caregiver program aiding caregivers in rural Minnesota and North Dakota.

Older Adults Technology Services

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

Second Sense
Second Sense

Funding to cover the new costs of technology hardware and software to allow staff to more fully engage our clients in remote independent living skills training.

St. Barnabas Senior Services
St. Barnabas Senior Services

Support the new initiative, Giving Older Adults a Lifeline via Technology (GOAL: Tech), in partnership with the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. 

Previous Grants

2019-2020
AARP Foundation

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

2013, 2015
American Foundation for the Blind

Created a set of tutorials for using the open source NVDA screen reader.

2020
American Printing House for the Blind

Support for the VisionConnect Initiative creating resources to help people new to vision loss. 

2019-2020
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.

2016-2020
Benetech

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

2017-2018, 2020
CareWheels

Helped continue development of the CareBank.

2019-2020
Cyber-Seniors

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.

2019
Envision

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

2020
Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School

Support for accessible music technology to aid students, educators, professional musicians and recreational learners in instruction and performance. 

2020
F.Y. Eye

Developed a network of digital advertising to share nonprofit resources with a broader community. 

2017
Generations On Line

Support for their app teaching seniors to use tablets. 

2013, 2014, 2018
Hearing Loss Association of America

Promoted consumer and assistive technologies for individuals with hearing loss.

2016
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.

2019
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.

2014-2018
Lighthouse Guild

Gave students with vision loss the ability to produce, compose, arrange, record and perform music through the use of accessible technology.

2019-2020
Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB) and Visually Impaired Community Services

Increased access to assistive technology training for seniors who are blind or have low vision, so they can maintain active lives in their own homes.

2018
Meals on Wheels

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

2019
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.

2016
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.

2015, 2018
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.

2018-2020
Oak Hill

Developed a “smart home on wheels” to bring the versatile technology to seniors and individuals with disabilities who lack transportation.

2015-2017
Oasis Institute

Provided support for accessibility feature and technology training classes. 

2013
Raising the Floor

Researched a searchable database of assistive technologies.

2016, 2018
Research to Prevent Blindness

Provided support for the RPB Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award.

2014-2017
San Diego Futures Foundation

Provided support for their Tech Ambassador. 

2012-2017
Selfhelp Community Services

Provided support for the development and expansion of the Virtual Senior Center. 

2018-2019
Senior Navigator

Expanded its online searchable library of specialized technology-based solutions for seniors and their caregivers.

2018-2020
South Florida Institute on Aging

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

Grant Criteria

The CTA Foundation sees its grants as part of a partnership and works closely with our grantees to ensure the program's success. Programs that receive grants from the CTA Foundation are required to submit reports outlining the impact that the program has had toward our mission.

Other Supported Organizations

  • AAPD
  • Aging2.0
  • Association Foundation Group
  • Blind Center of Nevada
  • Grantmakers in Aging

  • National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine
  • Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
  • Opportunity Village
  • Teach Access

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