Volume 16 | Issue 46 | November 17, 2021
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
New Toolkit for Latino Grandfamilies Coming This Week
Join Generations United on Nov. 18, at 3 PM ET, for the virtual release of Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Latino Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family. This new toolkit 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. Learn more and register today. The toolkit will be available here after the event.
The Eisner Foundation Announces Eisner Prize Recipient and New York City Grantmaking Initiative
Congratulations to this year's Eisner Prize winner, the Institute for Empowered Aging at United Neighborhood Houses. In conjunction with their win, The Eisner Foundation is announcing a grantmaking expansion in New York City. Learn more.
The Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren's Initial Report to Congress Now Available
On November 16, 2021, the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren released its initial report to Congress. This report outlines the joys, challenges, gaps, and unmet needs faced by kin and grandparent caregivers. It also describes federal programs currently available to assist them and provides 22 recommendations for better supporting kinship families and grandfamilies. The recommendations will inform the development of the National Family Caregiving Strategy, which will include action steps to increase recognition and support for kin and grandparent caregivers. Generations United GRAND Voice Network members Sonya Begay, Gail Engel, Sarah Smalls, and Sharon Olson serve on the council, with Deputy Executive Director Jaia Lent serving as co-chair. Learn more.
Generations United Seeking Members for Our Advisory Group on Diverse Intergenerational Programs
Generations United is seeking individuals interested in joining an Advisory Group on Diverse Intergenerational Programs. The objectives of the Advisory Group are to help identify and elevate high-quality intergenerational programs across the US that are inclusive and culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse. Members will represent a broad range of expertise, including intergenerational practitioners, researchers, and program participants. Learn more and apply by Dec. 1.
Join Our Team!
Generations United has openings for seasoned senior managers in communications and grandfamilies. We also have several new positions to help us build the first-ever federally funded technical assistance center to support grandfamilies. If you’ve ever thought about joining the unique Generations United team, this is the time! Learn more and apply by COB today!
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Matthew Melmed and Lynette Fraga for their donations and John Matsuoka for his contribution in honor of John and Ruth Peterson. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. If you're an organization, join us!
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities. AmeriCorps Seniors' focus with this opportunity are applicants who can demonstrate how they will engage adults age 55 and over in impactful national service to address one or more of the identified priorities. AmeriCorps Seniors prioritizes serving communities that are hard-to-reach and/or those that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2022. Learn more.

Shakespeare in American Communities. This initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest brings performances and educational activities to audiences across the country. Matching grants of $25,000 will be provided to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for middle and high school students from a minimum of five schools. Deadline for LOI: Dec. 2, 2021. Deadline for applications: Feb. 2, 2022. Learn more.

National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read supports the development of community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to a specific book chosen by the community. Deadline: Jan. 26, 2022. Learn more.

JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth. The JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants—ranging from $15,000 to $40,000—for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for pre-K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer conflict resolution education (CRE) skills from adults to youth. The focus for 2022 is on utilizing conflict resolution education and training for youth to create opportunities to prevent and manage conflict in the following settings: foster care, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, school, and after-school programs, and youth correctional facilities. Deadline: Jan. 14, 2022. Learn more.

Public Humanities Projects Program. This initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities supports efforts to bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Deadline: Dec. 8, 2021. Learn more.

Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Education Grants Program supports education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. The Program offers financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Deadline: Dec. 6, 2021. Learn more.

African American Civil Rights Grant Program. This program of the National Park Service documents, interprets, and preserves sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens. For this initiative, Preservation and History grants are available. These grants are not limited to any specific group and are intended to include the broadest possible interpretation of sites associated with efforts to achieve equal rights. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2021. Learn more.

If you have—or know of—any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to gu@gu.org.
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources
RRF Foundation for Aging Releases Issue Brief on Social and Intergenerational Connectedness
RRF Foundation for Aging has released an issue brief on one of its four priority funding areas—social and intergenerational connectedness. Engaged and Thriving: Promoting Social and Intergenerational Connectedness, describes RRF’s support for innovative projects to address social isolation and loneliness, and the development and implementation of new assessment tools to measure these issues and their impact. Learn more.
Research & Resources
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. Each section includes effective practices, challenges, tips, examples, and concrete tools gathered from researchers and practitioners from across the field, organized towards the goal of assisting readers in planning and implementing high-quality shared sites. 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. This resource aims to strengthen and expand intergenerational programs and support the growing field of practice by increasing the knowledge and skills of people working to connect and support older adults, children, and youth. 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 some of the research findings and a list of inspiring intergenerational initiatives focusing on creativity, art, and storytelling; helping each other; accessing vaccines; tutoring and mentoring; pen pals; and shared sites. We conclude with tips for addressing the digital divide; lessons learned; a checklist for virtual intergenerational programs; and resources to help you get started or strengthen your intergenerational work. Learn more.

Generations United's 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report—Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond. Grandfamily caregivers are the first line of defense for children during the pandemic, having stepped in when parents cannot raise them for many reasons, including cases where children's parents have died from the COVID-19 virus. Download the full report, watch Senator Sherrod Brown's award acceptance speech, and listen to stories of grandfamilies impacted by COVID-19. Learn more.

Staying Healthy Across Generations: Vaccines are Essential for All Ages. Generations United's new infographic 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.

"A Grandmother is a safe haven." ~ Suzette Haden Elgin

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The Generations United Team
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