The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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RSVP for our Member Reception at the LeadingAge Meeting & Expo

For those attending the LeadingAge 2021 Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, join us for our member networking reception on October 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Please RSVP and bring your team and board members. We look forward to seeing you!


CEO Summit 2022 Registration NOW OPEN!

Registration for CEO Summit 2022: A Future Reimagined is open! CEO Summit, which will be held in person in Tampa, Florida, January 23–26, will explore how leaders are reimagining the health and human services sector and guiding their organizations, partners, and key stakeholders in the post-pandemic world. Look out for an official announcement shortly after Labor Day.

Register for CEO Summit, and book your room at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida.



CMS Updates

Funding Opportunity

  • Adira Foundation Grants
    Grants for programs that improve the lives of people with ALS, Alzheimers and related dementias, Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease- and/or their caregivers through simplifying clinical research, preparing for future threats to livelihood, and thriving again in common pursuits. 
    Sponsor: Adira Foundation
    Deadline: LOI by October 18th 
  • Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants
    Grants to nonprofit organizations providing services to improve the daily lives of people with paralysis and their caregivers with projects and initiatives that foster inclusion, community engagement, and health and wellness.
    Application Deadline: October 14th, 2021
    Sponsor: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 
  • Community Mobility Ready-to-Launch Grants
    Resources for communities implementing transportation solutions to support underserved residents.
    Application Deadline: October 15th, 2021
    Sponsor: National Center for Mobility Management 
  • Innovations in Alzheimer's Caregiving Awards 
    Grants for supporting family and informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, including projects that focus on rural and low-income communities. 
    Sponsor: Bader Philanthropies, Inc., Family Caregiver Alliance, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
    Deadline: October 18th 
  • FY2022 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps
    Public Health AmeriCorps is a new partnership between AmeriCorps and the CDC to support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs. Closing date: Nov. 8, 2021. 
    Application Deadline: November 8th, 2021
    Sponsor: AmeriCorps and CDC 
  • Wells Fargo Community Giving Programs
    Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing affordability, financial health, small business growth, and the environment.
    Application Deadline:  On-going opportunity
    Sponsor: Wells Fargo


Advocacy Update

Urge Your Lawmakers to Help Address the Workforce Shortage in the Budget Reconciliation Package Being Finalized NOW

Congress is currently finalizing a broad “budget reconciliation” bill that is expected to include many of the “human infrastructure” provisions included in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.  Given the ongoing, acute workforce shortage, several provisions which are currently included or are being considered which would help address this crisis are especially important.

Today, we ask you to join us to send a message to your lawmakers: support full funding of the provision permanently incentivizing states to deliver or improve Home- and Community-Based Services programs, including through increasing wages and benefits for direct care workers; support the grant program funding strategies to recruit and retain direct care workers; and include the provisions of the WORK NOW Act.  

Click here to send a message to your lawmakers using our advocacy tool. We provide suggested language and encourage you to personalize this message with your own story.

House lawmakers are expected to finalize their version of the bill and hold a vote very soon, with the Senate completing their work on the package shortly thereafter.  That means it’s CRITICAL that we reach out NOW to lawmakers, alerting them to the importance and impact of these provisions.  While details of what will be in the final package are subject to change as the process moves forward, we are asking Members of Congress to support the following significant provisions for our network currently included:

  • $190B for home and community-based services (HCBS) for older adults and persons with disabilities.  Fully funding this investment would enable health and human services providers to expand services and eliminate the nationwide waitlist of 850,000 older adults and persons with disabilities so they can receive needed services in their homes and communities.  This could also help address the workforce shortage, for example, through increased wages and benefits for direct care workers.  Finally, it would allow expansion of the Money Follows the Person program and for older adults transitioning from acute care settings to their homes to receive the services needed to prevent rehospitalization such as transportation, nutrition, and more.  To achieve all these goals, it is very important that lawmakers fully fund the program.
  • $1.48B to fund grants to entities including nonprofits with experience in aging and disability to recruit and retain direct care workers, through strategies including raising wages and creating training opportunities to help address the direct care workforce shortage.

We are also asking lawmakers to include in the final bill the provisions of the WORK NOW Act (S. 740/H.R. 1987): this $50 billion grant program will provide nonprofit health and human services organizations funding to pay wages, salaries and benefits to retain staff, meet the greater demand for services, and hire unemployed workers.

While we will continue to advocate that ALL our crucial priorities for further support for nonprofits be enacted, we know it’s important for lawmakers to hear our voice now as they write and finalize this major legislation.  Thank you again for your work on the frontlines of the pandemic caring for people while taking extraordinary steps to protect your staff and people served, and for continuing to join with us to ensure our faith-based advocacy voice is heard by lawmakers.  As always, we will continue to stay in touch with you with further updates. 

For further information, please contact Sarah Dobson, Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at or 202-499-5832.


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