Archstone Foundation Announces $2,018,534 in New Grants

Posted September 17, 2013 | Archived News | 2010-2015

The Board of Directors of the Archstone Foundation, committed to preparing society in meeting the needs of an aging population, approved 30 grants, totaling $2,018,534, during the first quarter of fiscal year 2014.

Eleven of the 30 grants represent an ongoing investment in the Village Model, a consumer- and volunteer driven approach to creating more aging-friendly communities. Through these grants the Foundation is supporting Villages’ implementation in nine California communities. The Foundation is also funding technical assistance and evaluation to identify key organizational characteristics that advance the effectiveness and sustainability of these innovative models.

“With these grants, the Archstone Foundation deepens its commitment to serving older adults,” said President and CEO, Joseph F. Prevratil, J.D. “The Foundation believes that the Village Movement, with its flexible models, will prove to be an effective vehicle for increasing the quality of life for older adultsliving independently in their community.”

The following grants were awarded under the Creating Aging Friendly Communities through the Expansion of Villages Continuation funding opportunity:

  • Ashby Village, Berkeley, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the expansion of a grassroots Village model serving the greater Berkeley area.
  • Avenidas, Palo Alto, California ($49,170): A one-year grant to support the expansion of a grassroots Village model serving the greater Palo Alto area and to strengthen its partnership with Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
  • Plumas Rural Services, Quincy, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to continue building Community Connections in the Lake Almanor Basin and Eastern Plumas County areas.
  • Pomona Valley Community Services, Claremont, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the expansion of the REAL Connections, a hub and spoke Village model serving Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.
  • San Francisco Village, San Francisco, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the expansion of a hub and spoke Village model serving the City of San Francisco.
  • Santa Barbara Village via its fiscal sponsor, the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the continuation of a grassroots Village model serving Santa Barbara.
  • Tierrasanta Village of San Diego, San Diego, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the expansion of a time banking Village model in the community of Tierrasanta.
  • Westchester Playa Village, Los Angeles, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the expansion of the Westchester Playa Village, a grassroots hub and spoke Village model serving Westchester and surrounding areas. - WISE & Healthy Aging, Santa Monica, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the expansion of the Caring Connections Village program, a hub and spoke Village model serving west Los Angeles.
  • NCB Capital Impact, Arlington, Virginia, ($150,000): A one-year grant to serve as the technical assistance provider and convener for the Foundation’s Creating Aging Friendly Communities through the Expansion of Villages continuation.
  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California ($122,846): A one-year grant to continue its work to conduct a multi-site, external evaluation of Villages projects supported by the Foundation.

Nineteen additional grants represent the Foundation’s most-recent investment in Responsive Grantmaking, its strategy to address the emerging and unmet needs of California’s diverse aging population and those who serve them. Responsive Grantmaking provides a platform for the Foundation to offer direct service support in areas such as transportation, nutrition, and other service areas, while educating and training today’s healthcare workforce. It also enables the Foundation to address important programmatic and policy-related issues. Historically, Responsive Grantmaking has provided the Foundation an opportunity to incubate, contemplate, and to raise awareness concerning important issues in the field of aging, while exploring partners who might also support these important areas. It has also served as the basis for the Foundation’s past major initiatives.

In the years to come, the Foundation will continue to offer Responsive Grantmaking in order to fulfill its mission. The Foundation will also continue to offer direct service support in the areas of Aging in the Community, Expanding Mental Health Services, while educating and training today’s healthcare workforce.

The following grants were awarded under the Responsive Grantmaking portfolio and fell into the following categories:
Aging in Community

  • Affordable Living for the Aging, Los Angeles, California ($31,000): A one-year grant to support a national effort to mainstream shared housing by promoting it as an affordable housing and aging in place strategy.
  • Galilee Center, Thermal, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the provision of basic needs, including rental and utility assistance, clothing, and food, to older adults.
  • HandsOn Central California, Fresno, California ($47,000): A one-year grant to support the continuation of the Fresno Area Silver Transit (FAST) senior transportation program in the cities of Fresno and Clovis, California.
  • Hunger Action Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California ($47,513): A one-year grant to support the expansion of Market Match, a program that provides healthy food access for low income older adults at farmers’ markets in Los Angeles County.
  • OPICA Adult Day Care Center, Inc., Los Angeles, California ($44,000): A one-year grant to support the OPICA Adult Day Care Program. - Partners in Care Foundation, San Fernando, California ($225,000): A three-year grant to support the Integrated Networks for Medical and Social Services program, which will deliver comprehensive, continuous, quality care to older adults by developing regional community-based organization networks that work in tandem with the medical care system.
  • Travelers Aid Society of San Diego, San Diego, California ($27,917): A one-year grant to expand the SeniorRide Program, a transportation program for low-income seniors.
  • Depression in Late Life
  • University of California, Davis, Davis, California ($79,003): A one-year grant to support the team of Ladson Hinton, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis and Jürgen Unützer, MD, MA, MPH, University of Washington School of Medicine, to serve as consultants to the Archstone Foundation on the topic of depression in late life. 

Caregiving

  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California ($259,055): A two -year grant to support the creation of educational materials for caregivers (with a particular focus on caregivers of people with dementia) about the warning signs of abuse and neglect. 
  • Professional Education and Training
  • The American Academy of HIV Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia ($78,185): A one-year grant to support the second phase of the HIV and Aging Consensus Project.
  • The Gerontological Society of America, Washington, District of Columbia ($31,620): A oneyear grant to transform the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Directory of
  • Educational Programs in Gerontology and Geriatrics (AGHE Directory) to an online searchable database.
  • On Lok Senior Health Services, San Francisco, California ($10,000): A one-year grant to support the 6th Annual Conference on Sustainable Long-Term Care.
  • University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California ($126,225): A one-year grant to support the continuation and expansion of the University’s student-run free clinic Elder Care Program, a geriatric home visit program.

Other Direct Services

  • Dental Lifeline Network of California, Redding, California ($15,000): A one-year grant to support the donated dental services program for older adults.
  • Downtown Women’s Center, Los Angeles, California ($25,000): A one-year grant to support the provision of health services to elderly, homeless women on Skid Row.
  • Hospice of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California ($80,000): A one-year grant to support the continuation of the Community Spiritual Care Program. - Human Options, Irvine, California ($55,000): A one-year grant to support the continuation and expansion of the Safe Options for Seniors Program.
  • National Adult Protective Services Foundation, Springfield, Illinois ($15,000): A one-year grant to provide training scholarships for fourteen California Adult Protective Service workers to attend the annual meeting of the National Adult Protective Services Association.
  • Saban Community Clinic, Los Angeles, California ($50,000): A one-year grant to support the Integrative Health Care Program, to provide case management and vision services for low-income older adults.

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The Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. Under the leadership of Joseph F. Prevratil, J.D., President and CEO, the Foundation has awarded more than $86 million in grants since it was established in 1985.