Parkinson’s Foundation Announces Applications for 2020 Community Grants

The Foundation awards $1.5 million for diverse and underserved populations, newly diagnosed and mental health programs

NEW YORK & MIAMI (November 4, 2019) — The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced that it is requesting applications for community grants to be awarded nationwide for health, wellness and education programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community. In 2020, the Parkinson’s Foundation will award $1.5 million in community grants.

“The Parkinson’s Foundation community grants program allows us to expand our reach to support even more PD communities across the country,” said John Lehr, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “We’re incredibly proud to grant $1.5 million to fund critical programs in the diverse and underserved, newly diagnosed and mental health areas.”

As of November 4, community grants applications can be submitted electronically at Applications for this competitive grant opportunity are due January 31, 2020.

The 2020 grant cycle will focus on:

  • Services for diverse and underserved populations
  • Initiatives that reach the newly diagnosed
  • Programs that address mental health and Parkinson’s disease

“The support from the Parkinson’s Foundation has made a profound difference for people with PD and their care partners,” said Dan Novak, member of the Community Grant Advisory Committee. “The grants allow us to offer specialized programs and raise awareness in the Parkinson's community.”

Community grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 per grant application. Award decisions will be announced in June 2020 and the grant funding period will occur from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Applications will be limited to non-profit and other tax-exempt organizations or healthcare facilities as outlined in the request for applications. Applicants may contact to verify eligibility.

Since 2011, the Parkinson's Foundation has funded more than 338 community-based programs that make life better for people living with PD and their caregivers, totaling nearly $3.7 million.

To apply for a Parkinson’s Foundation community grant or to view the community grants funded in 2019, visit


About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. Since 1957, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $400 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Connect with us on Parkinson.orgFacebookTwitterInstagram or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the U.S. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone.

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