Volume 17 | Issue 11 | March 16, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
ICWA Briefing

On March 11, Casey Family Programs hosted an ICWA Education Event on the importance of protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act. Sonya Begay, a member of the GRAND Voices Network, participated in the event and appears in the far right of the picture. Her story is featured in our op-ed supporting ICWA.
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Internship Opportunities!
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Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for internships. Generations United internships provide opportunities to enrich your understanding of intergenerational issues while building research skills, learning about advocacy, and engaging with an active intergenerational network. We offer rolling applications for opportunities throughout the year. Stipends are available. Nontraditional students are welcome. If you are passionate about building a better world for people of all ages, please send a resume and cover letter to gu@gu.org.
Diverse Intergenerational Programs Survey

As part of Generations United’s Diverse Intergenerational Programs Initiative, we are conducting a survey to identify and learn more about programs and activities that connect younger and older people. We are especially interested in programs that engage or seek to engage participants from diverse communities. Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. Take the survey today.
Call for Nominations

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. ACL may select up to 10 non-federal members, including grandparents, other older relatives/kinship caregivers, and professionals in the field. Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 11, 2022. See the solicitation on the Federal Register for more information.
Cool Idea
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"Teaching History, From Generation to Generation"

"Three social entrepreneurs — all Encore.org Innovation Fellows — are teaching history by bridging generational divides. Their methods vary — a podcast, oral histories and documentary film, the stories behind treasured pieces of cloth. But their goals are shared: to get young people interested in history, engage them in meaningful conversations with older adults, and bring younger and older generations together to learn from one another." Read the Next Avenue story about these innovative educators.

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Listen to a Life Story Contest
The Legacy Project's 22nd Annual Listen to a Life Story Contest, in partnership with Generations United, is open for entries until April 15, 2022. Youths 8 to 18 years old can win a keepsake art piece and a $100 cash prize by interviewing a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years old or older and writing a 300-word real-life story. Learn more.
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Webinar: Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare-to-Prison Pipeline

Hosted by the National Association of Counsel for Children

"The child welfare-to-prison pipeline describes the systems that funnel youth from the child welfare system into the juvenile justice system. The child welfare system often targets and disproportionately surveils black and brown families – largely those living in poverty and dealing with the challenges of mental health, substance use, and over-policing by the criminal legal system. Often, rather than supporting these families, the focus is on simply removing children from their homes, where they can be exposed to even greater trauma, neglect, and instability than they faced while living with their families. This webinar will stress the importance of strengthening community resources and preventing family disintegration as a tool to end the child welfare-to-prison pipeline."

The event will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register online.
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Global Intergenerational Week 2022
25 April - 1 May 2022 #IntergenerationalWeek
Global Intergenerational Week 2022

Join us in celebrating Global Intergenerational Week 2022! This is an international campaign connecting everyone who is passionate about everything intergenerational. In its third year, the week looks to inspire individuals, groups, organizations, governments, and NGOs to fully embrace intergenerational practice- connecting people of younger and older generations. The campaign will celebrate good practice, ideas, moments, and opportunities local to us where different age groups come together and intergenerational friendships can be formed. Learn more and sign on as a supporter.
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Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The David Rockefeller Fund aims to foster and embody a more just, creative, and flourishing world. The Fund currently provides support to nonprofit organizations nationally in three program areas: The Arts Program focuses on cultivating, showcasing, and disseminating the stories of innovative art for social change, particularly efforts that demonstrate how artistic practice can affect broad communities and advance social, economic, and ecological justice. The Climate Program focuses on efforts to support bold, science-based leadership on equitable climate solutions, including efforts to address intersecting climate, gender, and racial justice inequities; accelerate and expand movements to keep coal, oil, and gas in the ground; and accelerate the shift of whole regions to affordable clean energy. The Justice Program focuses on supporting bold new ideas and policy proposals for transforming U.S. detention and incarceration policy, including efforts to advance decarceration policies and ensure more humane policies within detention systems. Letters of inquiry are reviewed throughout the year. Learn more.

The Cornell Douglas Foundation is dedicated to advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. The average grant size is $15,000 to $50,000. Requests are reviewed throughout the year. Learn more.

Project Innovation is a competitive grant challenge that will award nearly $3.5 million to non-profits in 11 NBC and Telemundo markets that are tackling everyday problems through innovative solutions in one of the following categories:
  • Culture of Inclusion - Programs that encourage equitable access, opportunities, and resources for traditionally underrepresented communities.
  • Youth Education and Empowerment - In-school and out-of-school programs that equip youth with the tools they need to succeed, including STEM/ STEAM education and youth entrepreneurship.
  • Next Generation Storytellers - Programs that promote access and develop pathways for emerging talent, diverse voices, and underrepresented youth to explore careers in arts, news, sports, and entertainment.
  • Community Engagement - Programs that enable individuals to engage and volunteer in their communities.
Applications will be accepted from Feb. 18 to March 25, 2022. Learn more: (English) (Spanish).

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces; housing; transportation; civic engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; support efforts to build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and other innovative ideas that support people age 50 or older. Applications are due by March 22, 2022.

The Aawok Georgiana Trull Memorial Scholarship, an opportunity open to California Native people active in Indigenous Language Revitalization, was created to honor Aawok Georgiana. She was an elder from the Yurok Tribe who spent more than 40 years of her life dedicated to revitalizing the Yurok language. She had many accomplishments, including her contribution to a Yurok alphabet and a published conversation dictionary. Applications are due by March 31, 2022. Learn more.

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans is soliciting applications for the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance program. This program provides funding for projects to support assessments of the status of the native languages in an established community, as well as the planning, designing, restoring, and implementing of native language curriculum and education projects to support a community's language preservation goals. Native American communities include American Indian tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders. Applications are due by March 31, 2022. Learn more.

Partners for Places, an initiative of The Funders Network, is a matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government leaders, community-led groups, and place-based local or regional funders. Through the program, national funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of all residents. The current focus is on equitable climate and green stormwater action in communities through collaborative partnerships. For Round 19, grants will range between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or $75,000 and $150,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more place-based foundations. Applications are due by April 13, 2022. The new deadline for Mini Grant applications is March 31, 2022. Learn more.

The Alaska Community Foundation works to connect people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska's communities. The Foundation's Social Justice Fund is designed to facilitate strategic collaborations that promote strong civic engagement, access to quality healthcare and education, community leadership, and equal rights. The goal of the Fund is to support Alaskans in their efforts to address the root causes of social justice issues within their communities and across the state. Nonprofit organizations, tribes, schools, faith-based organizations, local government agencies, and grassroots organizations may apply for programmatic and general operating support. Grants will range up to $25,000. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Foundation staff prior to submitting an online application. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2022. Learn more.

The Riley's Way Foundation's Call for Kindness program empowers young leaders throughout the country to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and positive change. The program will provide grants of up to $3,000 to up to 35 youth-led projects in 2022. Funded projects may tackle anything from pressing equity and social justice issues to building meaningful connections in schools or communities. The 2022 special topic will support ten projects specifically focused on mental health. Youth living in the United States, ages 13-22, may enter by essay or video describing a new project, or an improvement to an existing project. Each project is required to have both a partner organization and an adult mentor. Winners will also join a cohort of fellows from across the country to participate in a dynamic leadership development experience. Applications are due by April 1, 2022. Learn more.

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program seeks to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent youth substance use. The Program works to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private nonprofit agencies, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth (18 years of age and younger). The Program also works to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. Applications are due by April 11, 2022. Learn more.

NEA Funding Guidelines Posted. Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) and Challenge America funding are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Through their programs, they encourage activities that rebuild the creative economy and educate the next generation, unite and heal the nation through the arts, and serve the nation’s arts field.

  • Challenge America applications are due by April 21, 2022.
  • GAP applications are due by July 7, 2022.

Encore.org will award four $25,000 grants to cogenerational initiatives that create new initiatives or significantly expand or deepen existing programs that unite older and younger to serve together. Grant recipients will participate in a powerful, virtual cohort experience, rooted in peer learning, problem solving, networking, and mutual aid. Stories of grantees’ work will be shared with Encore.org’s audience of supporters and media. This grant is only open to applicants who are current grantees or sponsors in any of the four AmeriCorps programs — State & National, VISTA, NCCC, or AmeriCorps Seniors. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. PT on April 22, 2022. Learn More.

The Medica Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Medica, a Minnesota-based health plan, provides funding to nonprofit organizations and government agencies within the company's service area in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin. The Early Childhood Health category provides grants ranging up to $25,000 for programs that focus on developing healthy families to foster optimal growth and development of young children, birth through age 12. Applications are due by April 29, 2022. Learn more. Note: The Foundation is expanding its philanthropic reach to include funding in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa, and is currently developing relationships and learning about health concerns in these states. The funding process for Nebraska and Iowa will be by invitation only. Please contact Shelly d'Almeida at Michelle.dAlmeidaAraujo@medica.com with questions.

The Foundation for Financial Planning helps people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with individuals and families in need. The Foundation awards grants to community-based organizations and nonprofit organizations nationwide to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations who could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 fund programs helping many diverse groups, including active military members and veterans, people with cancer, seniors and family caregivers, domestic violence survivors, low-income families, etc. Grants are provided to organizations that engage Certified Financial Planner professionals as volunteers, include one-on-one engagements between financial planner volunteers and pro bono clients, and help people in need of financial guidance or in a financial crisis who are underserved by the market and couldn't ordinarily access quality, ethical advice. Online applications must be submitted by April 30, 2022. Learn more.

The NIH Office of the Director has released a Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity to support one RADx Tribal Data Repository (TDR). This opportunity will provide a repository for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) data and is expected to publish in the winter of 2022. The repository will house AI/AN data collected from projects supported by the RADx Initiative to better understand the impacts of COVID-19, support research to better inform and develop policies to address current and future pandemics, and support and promote AI/AN researchers by providing data access upon appropriate review. Applications are due by May 25, 2022. Learn more.

The Gladys Brooks Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations located in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on libraries, educational institutions, and hospitals and clinics in the targeted states. Grant applications will be considered for major expenditures, generally between $50,000 and $150,000. Funds are to be used for capital projects, including equipment and endowments. The first step in the application process is to fill out an online Request Form. This form will provide information on developing a Grant Proposal Letter, which must be submitted within two weeks from the date of the Request Form. The final deadline for online Grant Proposal Letters is May 31, 2022. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
New Resource from Child Trends
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Child Trends released a brief: "Reimagining Black Families' Cultural Assets Can Inform Policies and Practices That Enhance Their Well-Being." Learn more.
Now Available: Spanish Version of 2021 State of Grandfamilies Report
Generations United has released the Spanish language version of the 2021 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report. This report highlights how the systems and services that help U.S. families were not designed for grandfamilies, leaving children and caregivers in these families with inequitable access to key resources to help their families thrive. Learn more.
Generations United Resources
Reinforcing a Strong Foundation: Equitable Supports for Basic Needs of Grandfamilies, the 2021 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report, includes updated national and state data on grandfamilies and key recommendations to address inequities and provide critical supports to serve grandfamilies well. Available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family is a toolkit that is designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations so that they can better serve all Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement. Available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

Sharing Our Space: A Toolkit for Developing and Enhancing Intergenerational Shared Sites is designed for individuals and organizations interested in creating an intergenerational shared site or enhancing services at their current site. Divided into 10 sections, the toolkit details every step of the development and operation process, from initial planning to sustaining long-term shared site programs. Learn more.

Making the Case for Intergenerational Programs provides rationale and facts to help make the case for intergenerational programs. It is based on a comprehensive review of the literature on intergenerational programs and highlights evidence-based findings on how intergenerational programs benefit everyone. Learn more.

Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone serves as a companion piece to Making the Case and provides a synthesized overview of the benefits. Learn more.

Staying Connected While Staying Apart: Intergenerational Programs & the COVID-19 Pandemic shares what we have learned about intergenerational engagement during the pandemic, including examples of inspiring intergenerational initiatives, tips for addressing the digital divide, and resources to help you get started or strengthen your intergenerational work. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages is an infographic that illustrates that vaccines aren't just for kids - they protect all generations - especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying up to date on vaccines for the flu, pneumonia and whooping cough is important to protect both older adults and children. Check it out.

"We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach." - Gloria Steinem

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