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Better Nursing Home Care Fund

Grants Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies
to Improve Senior Center Care

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)

Deadline Date:

11/30/20 5:00 PM


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Grant to Oregon nonprofit organizations and public agencies to improve care for senior center residents in the State. Funding is intended to improve the health, quality of life, and general well being of nursing home residents. Projects with plans to share results and that have potential for replication are preferred. Projects may address issues or needs of both nonprofit and for-profit nursing homes.

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

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145399

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 grant period is one to three years.

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:

Completed applications should be submitted by 5 pm, Monday, November 30, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications should be submitted to:
Please submit your application with the subject line: "BNHC Fund Application - Organization Name"

For questions, contact:
Eva Miller, Associate Program Officer, Community Programs

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon

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