Oregon Office of Rural Health

Elder Service Innovation Grants

2020-2021 ESI Grants

Elder Service Innovation (ESI) grants allow organizations to create or enhance services for elders, to help them age in place in rural Oregon. 

    2020-2021 ESI Grants

    The Elder Service Innovation (ESI) grant is an opportunity is to fund innovative projects that will create or enhance services for elders to help them age in place in rural Oregon. While this year's 2021 request for proposal period has concluded, please check back in the Spring of 2022. 

    A few notes with regard to ESI projects: 

    • Projects may be entirely new or build upon existing services, but must be innovative and potentially serve as a best practice model to be shared around the state and country.
    • A strong application will demonstrate partnership with external organizations and a plan for sustainability beyond the project period. 
    • Applications which request support to maintain existing services, or primarily support salaries will not be considered. 

    2019 ESI Grants

    Klamath & Lake Counties Council on Aging

    Klamath & Lake Counties Council on Aging’s (KLCCOA) Village initiative enables consumers to age in a place of their choosing, closely connected to their communities and with the supports and tools they need to age successfully. Villages allows consumers and agencies to arrange in-home assistance or participation in a variety of social activities. The initiative provides members a support network and discounted service rates from preferred vendors. This funded project will help KLCCOA recruit volunteers and increase the Village initiative’s ability to help seniors receive the services, equipment, and/or modifications they need to remain in their own homes.

    Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley

    Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley (RBTRV) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that uses a beta-tested fall risk assessment process and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fall risk Checklist to address falling behavior in the home. Assessments and recommended installations (grab bars, grab rails, porch repairs, etc.) are done in teams of two people: a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) or trained volunteer, plus a state-licensed and bonded handyman.

    Increased demand calls for a more efficient protocol. To cut the assessment installation time in half RBTRV will use a recently donated van to deliver both a trained volunteer and a certified handyman to clients’ homes. RBTRV will use ORH funds to test and track this new process for fall-risk assessments using a single-visit approach.

    2018 ESI Grants

    Following the 2018 Annual Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon, the Oregon Office of Rural Health granted a total of $22,497 to the following organizations to carry out innovative projects in their communities:

    •  Douglas Public Health Network will educate senior citizens on the importance of oral health care and how to take care of their teeth or dentures and mouth; the need for oral cancer screening; and the connection of poor oral health to diabetes, heart disease and pneumonia.
    • Morrow County Health District - Pioneer Memorial Home Health and Hospice will provide individualized medication safety sessions between an elder and a Registered Nurse (RN). Sessions serve as opportunities to provide medication review, education, and supplies needed to achieve medication safety. 
    • Pacific Communities Health District Foundation will provide high protein food boxes to in-patients identified as malnourished and food insecure upon discharge and weekly for 5 additional weeks post discharge.


    Rose Locklear | locklear@ohsu.edu | 503-577-3849