Parkinson’s Foundation Announces Applications for 2021 Community Grants

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The Foundation to award $1 million for community-based underserved populations, newly diagnosed and mental health programs

NEW YORK & MIAMI — November 17, 2020 — 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 2021, the Parkinson’s Foundation will award $1 million in community grants.

“The Parkinson’s Foundation community grants showcase our continued commitment to improving care and access to critical health and wellness resources for people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones,” said John L. Lehr, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “Community grant funding is more critical now than ever with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has made it more difficult for people with PD to get the resources and information they need.”

As of November 17, community grant applications can be submitted electronically at Parkinson.org/CommunityGrants. Applications for this competitive grant opportunity are due January 29, 2021.  

The 2021 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

“With the support of a Parkinson’s Foundation community grant, we were able develop a unique program that brought artists with Parkinson’s disease together for continued education and support,” said Lissa R. Kapust, LICSW, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, A Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. “Additionally, we created a training module for artists with PD that was implemented at six Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence across the country.”

Community grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 per grant application. Award recipients will be announced in June 2021. The grant funding period will occur from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. 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 programs@parkinson.org to verify eligibility.

Since 2011, the Parkinson's Foundation has funded more than $5.2 million in community-based programs that make life better for people living with PD. To apply for a Parkinson’s Foundation community grant or to view the community grants funded in 2020, visit Parkinson.org/CommunityGrants. To see the impact of community grants, read stories from past recipients here.

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About the Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people living 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. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease

Affecting nearly 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 United States. 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 United States alone.

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