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Grants and Technical Assistance to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs that Serve Individuals with Memory Loss and Dementia

Brookdale National Group Respite Program


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Deadline: 07/06/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $15,000 and in-kind donations of technical assistance to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs that serve individuals with dementia. The goal is to offer individuals with dementia and memory loss regular opportunities for meaningful group activities and to provide support services to their primary caregivers. Funding is for programs that develop new social models or expand upon existing services for people with various dementias.

Since 1989, the Brookdale National Group Respite Program has awarded seed grants to organizations to develop and implement social model group respite programs. These day programs have served thousands of elders with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their family caregivers. In addition to group respite, the development of programs for people with Early Memory Loss (EML) is also supported through this grant initiative.

The goals of the program are:

  • To offer opportunities for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia to engage in a program of meaningful social and recreational activities in a secure and supportive setting in order to maximize their cognitive and social abilities; and
  • To provide relief and support to family members and other primary caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

In addition to providing respite care and enjoyable group activities that build on the strengths and abilities of participants, the programs offer family caregivers access to services such as counseling, support groups, information and referral, training, and education. With a nationwide network of programs providing regular respite services the Program demonstrates that a cost-effective, social model of adult day services can successfully address the special needs of Alzheimer's families.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public agencies as defined under Section 509(a).

Funds cannot be used to develop or expand an overnight or in-home respite program or an activities program in a skilled nursing or assisted living facility. Building, renovation, and capital improvements are excluded from this seed grant. Programs intended for mixed populations will not be considered. The funding source 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 health or medical model programs.

Pre-Application Information
The application and annual report must be received at the Brookdale Foundation Group office by Thursday, July 6, 2023.

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.

Estimated Size of Grant
Selected organizations will receive:
- 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.
- Ongoing technical assistance and support from the staff in San Francisco, CA, and from The Foundation in New Jersey, which includes e-newsletters, telephone support, and participation in the BNGRP Network. Technical assistance continues to be available to all programs that become self-sufficient and continue to follow either the dementia-specific Group Respite or Early Memory Loss program model.

Contact Information
Submit completed applications and attachments via email to:

Carmen Mendieta, TA Consultant
Brookdale National Group Respite Program

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