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Brookdale National Group Respite Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Develop
Programs for Individuals with Dementia

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Brookdale Foundation Group

Deadline Date:

06/27/18 3:00 PM EDT Receipt


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Grants of $10,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year (if renewed) to USA nonprofit organizations and public agencies for the development of programs serving individuals with dementia and their caregivers. This program provides seed grants, training, and technical assistance to qualifying service providers.

Programs must provide new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss (EML) services to participants, along with support to caregivers, in order to help individuals remain in their communities.

The goal of this program 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 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.

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 care partners, 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#: 169113

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 tier, 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 20 - 22, 2017 in Denver, CO (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.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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: Applicant must demonstrate liability coverage sufficient to cover injury to participants while on site must be provided.

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

Contact Information:

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

Submit completed applications and attachments either:

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

Via email to:

For additional information regarding the proposal, please contact:

Carmen Mendieta, TA Consultant
Brookdale National Group Respite Program

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

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming