Volume 17 | Issue 9 | March 2, 2022
Generations This Week
News for Advocates of Children, Youth and Older Adults from Generations United
Generations United in the Media
Ana Beltran, Director, Generation United's Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is quoted in an article, "The First Thing You Need to Know About 'Grandfamily' Housing," appearing in Apartment Therapy. She speaks to the meaning of the term "grandfamilies" and the heightened need for housing for these families, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
GRAND Voice Mercedes Bristol is featured on ABC-affiliate KVUE.com in an article about her statewide support group, Texas Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Learn more.
Seeking Communications Specialist - Apply by 3/15
Generations United is seeking a Communications Specialist to join our results-oriented team!

The Communications Specialist is responsible for managing and carrying out Generations United’s communications efforts including online and traditional media; social media; project-based media campaigns; writing and gathering stories of intergenerational impact; building working relationships with the media; and positioning Generations United and intergenerational issues positively in the media. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to gu@gu.org by Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
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. Learn more and take the survey.
Culture United - "Grand Dishes"
What started as a personal mission for Greek British travel writer Anastasia Miari ended up turning into the award-winning “Grand Dishes” project and a coffee table book that serves as an ode to grandmothers’ recipes and intergenerational relationships.

“It all started with me wanting to write down all my Yiayia’s (Greek for grandmother) recipes when I was living in London, to be able to take them back and recreate them at home and also as a way to preserve them when she’s no longer with us. I started posting photos and recipes on Instagram and people then started recommending their own grandmothers’ recipes," she said.

After four years of cooking, "Grand Dishes" became a book featuring a selection of 70 recipes. "A big part of the book is about the life stories of the women and how they were distilled in the recipes,” explained Anastasia, “Grand Dishes was about telling the stories of women who have not been heard."

Culture United highlights films, books, music, and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us, and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. See disclaimer.
William Penn Foundation's Great Learning Program
The William Penn Foundation's Great Learning Program is interested in efforts to increase the ability of Philadelphia-based agencies to help grandfamilies support their children's early learning and development.

This Request for Inquiries stems from the 2020 Grandfamilies of Philadelphia study led by Generations United to provide educators, policymakers, funders, service providers, and other community members with a better understanding of the composition of grandfamilies in Philadelphia, the availability of services for them, and the degree to which they are aware of and able to access helpful services.They invite letters of inquiry for three-year projects to enhance organizations' ability to serve grandfamilies/kinship care families in Philadelphia.
Inquiry forms are due by Mar. 7, 2022. Learn more about the inquiry process.
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Cool Ideas - Grands Stepping Up
Grands Stepping Up (GSU) was founded from a phone call Karen Barnes received on a cold January night. Regina Cappelli, a single grandmother raising two young grandsons, had been contacted by her local foster care agency that her daughter's baby would go into foster care unless she came down to get the baby.

Overwhelmed, Cappelli called her friend, Karen Barnes, another single grandmother raising a grandchild, for help. Barnes got on social media and the next day delivered to her friend four contractors bags full of clothes, along with diapers, formula, a stroller, blankets, and wipes.

Barnes was amazed by the big response her posts received, knew she could do more, and founded the organization in 2020.

A nonprofit, GSU provides support to grandparents raising their grandchildren and kinship guardians raising their family members. It has expanded its outreach to include running Denis’ Pantry, a place where Delaware County residents can come for food, clothing and baby goods, along with a legal clinic and family counseling services. Learn more.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media, and weekly e-newsletter! 
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
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.

NEW: Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program. The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children's nutrition and wellness. The Foundation's Garden Grant Program provides funds for eligible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Grants of $3000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations that serve children in the K-12 age range. Consideration is given to new and or existing garden projects that help at least ten children engage with fresh fruit and vegetables. Applications will be accepted from Feb. 14 through Mar. 11, 2022, for both U.S. and Canadian projects. 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 February 18 - March 25, 2022. Learn more: (English) (Spanish).

The JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Mini-Grant Program supports the development of innovative and effective programs that can be replicated by community mediation centers nationwide and serve as a pathway to their sustainability and growth. The 2022 Mini-Grant Program will focus on organizations helping communities assess and address a range of community conditions to assist them in developing and implementing new approaches to community safety. Proposed projects should expand how organizations currently serve communities (through mediation, restorative justice practices, conflict coaching, conflict management training, or dialogue processes) by offering a new or enhanced process to help people, institutions, and the community as a whole on their path toward re-imagining community safety. Mini-Grants of $15,000 for two years will be awarded to up to five organizations across the country. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and public agencies are eligible to apply. Deadline for Solicitation of Interest responses is Mar. 7, 2022. Learn more.

Goldman Sachs Group has announced the Black Women Impact Grants program as part of its One Million Black Women initiative to fund an open-access grants program for Black women-led and Black women-serving nonprofits. The program, funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, will select fifty Black women-led nonprofits to receive general operating funding ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 over two years. Organizations must align with at least one of the seven impact areas of One Million Black Women: healthcare, education, housing, digital connectivity, financial health, access to capital, and job creation and workforce advancement. Organizations must be a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization with a focus on serving Black women and girls. Qualifying organizations must also have Black women in organizational and/or programmatic leadership and have annual operating budgets of between $250,000 and $1 million.
Initial applications are due Mar. 11, 2022, and selected eligible applicants will be invited to submit additional information in a call-back stage. Award decisions will be made in June 2022.

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 due Mar. 22, 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.

NEW: 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. Application deadline is Apr. 1, 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.

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. Application deadline is 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 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. Application due: May 25, 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 Child Welfare Briefs
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has created two new briefs to help child welfare leaders support stronger families: “Key Funding Streams to Keep Families Supported, Connected and Safe” and “Six Strategies for Keeping Families Supported, Connected and Safe." The Foundation
is holding a webinar at 2:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 2 to showcase these funding strategies..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. 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. 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. 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.

"Generations are not competitors for life's satisfactions; they are partners in the search for well-being."
~ Harold L. Sheppard

We want Generations This Week to be a resource for you. Please send us any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, research, reports, and webinars. You can connect with other intergenerational enthusiasts through our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! Email the editor at lwestell@gu.org. I'd love to hear from you!

Lee Westell, Editor
Generations This Week
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