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

AARP Foundation

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

American Printing House for the Blind

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

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.

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

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

CareWheels

Helps continue development of the CareBank.

Code of Support Foundation

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

Cyber-Seniors

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.

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. 

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.

F.Y. Eye

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

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.

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.

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

2013, 2015
American Foundation for the Blind

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

2018
Community Technology Network

Partnered with Family Eldercare to provide individualized 12-week digital literacy programs to seniors in Austin, TX.

2019
Envision

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.

2014, 2015
Galludet University Technology Access Program

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

  • 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
  • National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine
  • Avenidas

  • Opportunity Village

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