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Grants Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies to Improve Senior Center Care

Better Nursing Home Care Fund

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #145399

Grant Description

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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations and public agencies to improve care for senior citizens. Funding is intended to improve the health, quality of life, and general well-being of elderly individuals residing in nursing care facilities. Projects with potential for replication are preferred, as are projects with plans to share or disseminate results. Projects may address issues or needs of both nonprofit and for-profit nursing homes.

Grant funding is available from the Better Nursing Home Care Fund to ensure better care for nursing home residents in Oregon. The fund is focused solely on benefitting residents of nursing homes.

One or more of the following priorities should be addressed:

  • Implementing innovative methods for attracting and retaining qualified, competent and skilled staff, particularly Certified Nursing Assistants. This may involve improved interdisciplinary relationships on staff.
  • Adapting and implementing training, therapy, recreation, or other practices, or integrating new technology, tested as an effective way to improve nursing home care.
  • Establishing collaborative relationships among nursing homes, resident organizations, community organizations, advocacy groups, family support groups, and academic institutions to improve nursing home residents’ quality of life.
  • Adopting evidence-based best practices, especially in the care of older adults with dementia.

Outcomes Sought:

  • Care of Residents
    • Increase resident autonomy and choice
    • Increase adequate nutrition and hydration
    • Improve continence and skin integrity
    • Increase functional independence and mobility
    • Avoid or reduce depression by increasing participation in activities meaningful to the resident
    • Avoid or decrease behavioral symptoms by identifying and responding to unmet needs
  • Issues Related to Staff
    • Avoid or decrease staff turnover and increase consistent assignment of staff to residents
    • Promote improvement by encouraging quick enforcement of regulations
    • Develop programs or activities that mentor, empower and offer recognition of staff

There should also be a clear plan for sustaining proposed activities during and following the three-year grant period.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted only from nonprofits with tax-exempt status and public agencies that operate within Oregon.

The fund is not available for projects focused on assisted living facilities or other care facilities. Except as noted above, grants will not be made for equipment or capital projects, or to replace other funding where it is not demonstrated that OCF support will make a significant difference.

Pre-Application Information:

Next application window: September 1 - November 30, 2022.

Due Date for Applications: 5:00 pm on November 30, 2022

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award size in year one is up to $25,000, with decreasing amounts in years two and three.

Term of Contract:

The Better Nursing Home Care Fund is inviting one to three-year proposals. Applicants will be selected for funding in early 2023, with an option to reapply for funding for a second and potentially third year.

Contact Information:

Completed applications should be submitted as a single PDF file by email to BNHCFund@oregoncf.org
Please submit your application with the subject line: "BNHC Fund Application - Organization Name"

If you have any questions, please contact:
Eva Miller, Associate Program Officer
emiller@oregoncf.org

Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 9720

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