The McGregor Foundation, in its semiannual round of grants, announced last month the distribution of $365,050 to 17 local programs and institutions that reflect the Foundation’s grant making priorities: providing affordable senior housing with services, educating the workforce serving the aging, and improving the quality of life of vulnerable seniors. The latest grants bring the total to more than $7.4 million distributed since the Foundation was created in 2002.
"In these difficult economic times, low-income seniors need help in so many ways," says R. Robertson Hilton, president and chief executive officer of The McGregor Foundation. "While we can not fund all the requests, we try to support programs that seek to improve the lives of seniors in need."
The grants include $51,000 to University Hospitals of Cleveland to train the skilled-nursing staff to reduce patient readmissions, $40,000 to Eliza Bryant Village in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood for programming at its Amasa B. Ford Lodge independent housing facility, and $32,400 to Senior Outreach Services for capacity building in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood.
McGregor also awarded $10,000 to the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation for its Grandparent Housing Project and supplemented the grant with a $60,000 project-related loan.
Consistent with a continuing commitment to the community where The A.M. McGregor Home is located, the Foundation also gave $50,000 to the City of East Cleveland to purchase an ambulance.
Other McGregor Foundation fall 2009 grants are:
- Alta House, $10,000, Comprehensive Senior Service program.
- Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., $22,500, construction of the Beacon Community Room.
- Business Volunteers Unlimited, $5,000, capacity building consultations for nonprofit organizations.
- Case Western Reserve University, $10,000, Living Through Legacies, to produce memoirs of seniors with mild cognitive impairments.
- The Center for Community Solutions, $17,500, for the Council on Older Persons.
- Fairhill Partners, $20,000, the Senior Guest House.
- The Foundation Center, $2,750, operating support.
- ideastream, $25,000, in depth coverage related to aging issues.
- Jennings Center, $22,400, staff training on end of life care.
- Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, $25,000, guardianship services to the elderly.
- Murtis Taylor Human Services System, $6,500, senior transportation.
- West Side Community House, $15,000, Healthy BodiesHealthy Minds, to assist lowincome seniors on Cleveland’s West Side with physical and mental health issues.