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Awards to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs Serving
Caregivers for Adults with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Innovations in Alzheimer's Caregiving Awards

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Funding Source:

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Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/18/21 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)


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Awards of $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to recognize exemplary programs that address the needs of those caring for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The purpose of this award program is to acknowledge innovative projects and programs that benefit family and informal caregivers and people with dementia. Funds will support activities in the areas of public policy, creative expression, and diverse or multicultural communities.

The Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Awards are monetary awards to recognize organizations that are responding to a community need with a program or project that focuses primarily on family caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. With a grant from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) launched the first annual Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards program in 2008. In 2018, the 11th year of the program, the Bader Philanthropies, Inc. joined as a funding partner as reflected in the new name — Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Awards.

In June 2007, the Foundation published an expert panel discussion report, Strengthening Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Disease, which outlined promising practices, research recommendations, and key principles for caregiver support. The grant program promotes the reports’ principles—and innovation in the field of Alzheimer’s disease caregiving—by recognizing and rewarding organizations that lead the way in addressing the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers. 

One award will be given in each of the following three categories:

  • Creative Expression: Programs or projects that use novel, creative approaches to support persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family/informal caregivers. Examples include art, music, theater, poetry, multimedia (e.g. film, documentary, radio), or technology used for creative engagement or other types of creative expression.
  • Diverse/Multicultural Communities: Programs or projects that address a gap or chart a new way to deliver services, support, or outreach to family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias in diverse racial/ethnic, age, religious/spiritual, LGBTQ, rural/remote, limited income, and other groups of caregivers with unique needs.
  • Public Policy: Programs or projects that advocate for policy or systems changes for the benefit of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and/or their family/informal caregivers. These efforts could focus on legislation, executive or administrative changes, media or public awareness campaigns, advocacy campaigns, or any other actions to strengthen public or private recognition and support of family/informal caregivers.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160329

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One award will be given in each of the three categories.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not for profit organizations, government agencies (federal, state, and local), and universities addressing a community need with a program or project that focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are eligible to apply. Note: Family/informal caregivers are unpaid caregivers. The term includes family members, friends, domestic partners, and neighbors.

Support for family/informal caregivers need not be the primary mission of the organization, agency, or university. For example: past winners include a library, songwriting organization, and public advocacy group.

Currently, only agencies operating within the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii are eligible to apply.​

Nonprofit applicants must submit proof of their 501(c)(3) status or other nonprofit status.

Please note the following:
- This is a program/project award for work your organization has accomplished, NOT a grant to fund a new project.
- The purpose of these awards is to recognize organizations whose programs have demonstrated success. The nominated program has to have been active during the calendar year of the award title, or the year prior. If the program involves a major culminating event, that event must have occurred prior to application deadline. If your program is active today because it is recurring, then it must have completed at least the first cycle or round of activity in order for it to qualify. Ongoing programs must have been active long enough to demonstrate some success.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2021, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time)

The Awards will be announced by early January 2021.

When applying, you must select only one of the three categories. In your online application, you will be prompted to select only one category and you will only have the option of choosing one. However, if the reviewing team or the judges consider your program / project to be more appropriate under another category, you will be contacted and asked for permission to have your program / project switch categories.

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

Online Application:

If not attached to the application, applicants may email a copy of their nonprofit designation letter to or mail to:
Attn: Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Awards
Family Caregiver Alliance
101 Montgomery Street, Suite 2150
San Francisco, CA 94104

For questions, please email

800.445.8106 toll-free; 415.434.3388 local

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