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Group Respite or Early Memory Loss Program for Elders with Dementia and their Caregivers

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Public Agencies for
Daytime Programs for Individuals Affected by Dementia

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Brookdale Foundation Group

Deadline Date:

06/27/18 3:00 PM EDT Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and public agencies for the development of new social model programs with an Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and dementia-specific focus. Programs will provide daytime services for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.


Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and related dementias have a devastating impact on both people with the disease and their caregivers. Alzheimer’s can lead to premature institutionalization, along with emotional, physical and financial hardship. The Foundation awards seed grants to service providers that plan to offer new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss (EML) programming to participants, along with support to caregivers, in order to help individuals remain in their communities.

For over twenty-five years, the Foundation has supported community-based organizations through modest seed grants, along with training and technical assistance, to develop dementia-specific, social model day programs. The Foundation’s goal is to foster the development of high-quality, cost-effective programs to complement the existing services in the community for people with dementia, and to encourage and support grantees to become self-sustaining.

The Brookdale National Group Respite Program:

The Group Respite Program and the specialized Early Memory Loss Program are both community-based, social model day programs that provide dementia-specific group activities for participants and respite for family caregivers and care partners.

Programs are open a minimum of one day a week for at least four hours per session, offering people with AD or related dementias regularly scheduled opportunities for socialization and meaningful group activities in a supportive environment. At least one paid professional staff member and a core of trained volunteers, students, and program assistants provide staffing for sites.

In addition, programs offer access to other services for participants and their families, such as individual counseling for caregivers, information and referral to other health and social services, and support group meetings for family members.


-Dementia-Specific Focus: All programs must provide a day program for people affected by AD or other dementia. The program is limited to those who are cognitively impaired. It cannot be a program for frail elders or other populations that includes dementia participants as part of its overall client group.

-Social Model: Sponsoring organizations are expected to develop a regularly scheduled, social model day program. Funds may not be used to develop in- home or overnight respite programs. While cooperation with and referral to other health and social services is highly encouraged, funds may not be used to establish an adult day health care (medical model) program.

-Minimum Service Requirements: Programs must be ongoing and provide a minimum of one four-hour session per week, although a longer session or multiple days is preferable.

-Services to Caregivers: Other services must be made available to family caregivers and carepartners, either by the sponsoring organization or in cooperation with other community agencies. These may include:

a. Individual caregiver consultation and support;
b. Caregiver support groups;
c. Caregiver education and training, and
d. Information and referral to appropriate health and social services.

-Staffing and Training: The program must be staffed by at least one professional paid staff member (such as a social worker, nurse, activities therapist or adult education facilitator), who is responsible for supervision of program assistants, which may include volunteers and students. All staff, including volunteers and students, must be trained to work with dementia clients in a day services setting.

-Plan for Future Funding: Organizations must demonstrate that a concrete fundraising plan, including an established fee structure has been developed to sustain the proposed program when this seed grant is completed.

Note: Preference is given to programs that have the strong potential for continuity and expansion when this seed grant funding is completed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 123719

Number of Grants:

Funding will be available for up to 15 Group Respite and Early Memory Loss programs.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected organizations will receive:

1) Grant support of $10,000 in year one, renewable for $5,000 for the second year, based on evaluation of first year’s activities and potential for future continuity of the program.

2) All expense paid participation for one staff member at the Training Conference, to be held October 25-27, 2018 in Teaneck, NJ (Grantees may send additional staff at their own expense).

3) Ongoing technical assistance and support from the staff in San Francisco, CA and from The Foundation in New Jersey, which includes newsletters, unlimited toll-free telephone support, and participation in the Brookdale Respite Network. Technical assistance continues to be available to all programs that become self- sufficient and continue to follow either the Group Respite or Early Memory Loss program model.

Term of Contract:

Funding will be available beginning October 2018.

Grants will be awarded for one year and may be renewed for a second year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to qualify for funding, applicants must comply with the following components:

-Nonprofit Status: Applicants must be nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public agencies as defined under Section 509(a).

-Liability Coverage: Liability coverage sufficient to cover injury to participants while on site must be provided.


Funds cannot be used to develop or expand an overnight or in-home respite program, or for building, renovation or capital improvements. Programs intended for mixed populations will not be considered. This program does not permit the use of grants for indirect costs. Grant funds may not be used to support or expand the hours, days or service capacity of existing social, health or medical model programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Sponsoring organizations must provide a 100% match of hard dollars and/or substantive in-kind support. The match may include services and monies from other organizations such as other grants, loaned personnel, in-kind donation of space, etc.

The application and annual report must be received at the Brookdale Foundation Group office by the deadline of 3:00 PM (EDT) on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Selected grantees will be invited and required, as a guest of the Brookdale Foundation Group, to attend the national Orientation and Training Conference to be held October 25 – 27, 2018 in Teaneck, NJ.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For additional information regarding the proposal, please contact:

Carmen Mendieta, TA Consultant
Brookdale National Group Respite Program

Submit applications by mail to:

The Brookdale Foundation Group
300 Frank W. Burr Blvd., Suite 13
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Or by email to:

Phone: 201-836-4602
Fax: 201-836-4382

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