The Helen Bader Foundation (HBF), Wisconsin’s largest private funder of aging-related programs, has announced 14 new grants in support of programs and projects across the state, with an emphasis on enhancing the quality of life for older adults in rural communities. Totaling $311,900, the new grants will help create, expand, and bolster a variety of efforts to address various challenges, from basic repairs that help older adults remain in their home, to museum-based, dementia-aware programming that keeps those with memory loss engaged in their communities.
“From small towns to tribal reservations, we have been hearing from a diversity of communities across Wisconsin on how to address the various health, wellness, and social needs of our older adults,” said Helen Ramon, HBF program officer. “We at HBF are continually striving to keep our home state a national leader in how we serve older adults, and we are impressed by the dedication of individuals and communities that share that vision for an elder-friendly Wisconsin.”
The new grants are the latest in HBF’s two decades of support and collaborations to help older Wisconsinites. Since 1992, HBF has committed more than $42 million in aging-related grants to help older adults live fuller, healthier lives, and it recently received an 18 month, $2 million grant from Minnesota’s Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to expand its efforts to create elder-friendly communities across the state.
The new grants are being awarded to the following agencies:
- Indianhead Community Action Agency, Incorporated (Ladysmith, WI) received a two-year, $81,400 grant for its home modification program for northwestern Wisconsin older adults, enabling them to remain independent.
- Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (Lac du Flambeau, WI) received $60,000 for its program aiding grandparents who are raising and providing total care to their grandchildren on the Lac du Flambeau Indian reservation.
- Oshkosh Area Community Pantry, Inc. (Oshkosh, WI) received a two-year, $58,000 grant for its new home-delivered grocery program for homebound older adults in Winnebago County.
- Family Centers of Door County, Inc. (Sturgeon Bay, WI) received a two-year, $24,000 grant for its wellness and education outreach programs for Door County older adults and their families.
- Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, Inc. (Madison, WI) received $20,000 for its efforts to link with community nurses improve the health and wellness of older adult women across Wisconsin.
- Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn.) received a two-year, $18,500 grant to develop SPARK!, a memory engagement program at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul that will reach older adults from western Wisconsin communities.
- Senior Companion Program, Inc. (Racine, WI) received a two-year, $16,000 grant for its energy and food assistance program for rural older adults.
- Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation, Inc. (West Allis, WI) received a two-year, $10,000 grant for its free dental care program for older adults in rural Wisconsin.
- Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI) received $9,500 to convene an educational workshop for museums participating in the SPARK! Program for those with memory loss.
- Let’s Go Fishing of MN (Rhinelander, WI) received a two-year, $4,000 grant to offer guided fishing-based experiences to keep older adults active and engaged.
- Community Clothes Closet, Inc. (Menasha, WI) received $4,000 for its new program for homebound older adults who are not able to shop for clothing, personal hygiene items, or bedding materials.
- Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (Madison, WI) received $2,500 for its statewide conference to share best practices with service agencies that reach older adults.
- Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, Inc. (Madison, WI) received $2,000 for its healthy aging summit for rural practitioners.
- InControl Wisconsin, Inc. (Madison, WI) received $1,000 for its conference on self-determination in aging for rural older adults.
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Inc. (Sheboygan, WI) received $1,000 for staff training in the SPARK! program for older adults with memory loss.