Parkinson’s Foundation Announces Expansion of Community Grants Program to Address Unmet Community Needs

NEW YORK & MIAMI (November 1, 2018) — The Parkinson’s Foundation is proud to announce 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 2019, the Parkinson’s Foundation will award $1.2 million in community grants. 

“Community grants enable the Parkinson’s Foundation to partner with local organizations that provide life-changing services to the Parkinson’s community and bring awareness to this disease,” said John Lehr, Parkinson’s Foundation president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to expand our commitment to offering grants to programs located across the nation that allow us to further our reach while embodying the Parkinson’s Foundation mission in action.”

As of November 1, community grants applications can be submitted electronically at Applications for this competitive grant opportunity are due January 31, 2019.

The 2019 grant cycle will focus on:

  • Programs that provide a service for underserved PD communities.
  • Initiatives that reach the newly diagnosed. 
  • Clinical trial education and participation that reach those under-represented in the PD community.

“The support we received from the Parkinson’s Foundation for Improv & PD was meaningful,” said Danny Bega, MD, from Northwestern University Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center, a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence and Parkinson’s Foundation community grant recipient. “Through improvisational comedy we saw significant improvements in daily living. The Foundation has made studies like this that emphasize a holistic approach to care and wellness a priority, which is unique.”

Community grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 per grant application. Award decisions will be announced in March 2019 and the grant period funding will occur from April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. 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 220 community-based programs that make life better for people living with PD and their caregivers, totaling nearly $2.2 million.

To apply for a Parkinson’s Foundation community grant 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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