Parkinson’s Foundation Accepting Applications for 2022 Community Grants

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Grants totaling $1 million will support community-based exercise, newly diagnosed and mental health programs

NEW YORK & MIAMI — November 9, 2021 — The Parkinson’s Foundation has announced it is accepting applications nationwide for $1 million in community grant funding. For the 2022 competitive grants cycle, funds will support health, wellness and education programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community. Applications are due Jan. 28, 2022, and can be submitted electronically at Parkinson.org/CommunityGrants.

“The Parkinson’s Foundation community grants showcase our continued commitment to make an impact in local Parkinson’s disease communities across the country,” said John L. Lehr, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “Last year, we supported programs in 42 states that provide services for people who are in areas underserved by care programs and resources.”

The 2022 grant cycle will focus on programs that:

  • Educate and deliver exercise specifically designed for people with PD
  • Reach community members who are newly diagnosed
  • Address mental health and PD

"A Parkinson’s Foundation community grant has been key to the expansion of our multidisciplinary program,” said Gemma Moya Gale of Long Island University – Brooklyn, who oversees a local program for social participation and exercise. “The grant also allowed us to bring expert speakers to our multidisciplinary health fair, which was held virtually on May 6, 2021."

Community grants range from $10,000 to $25,000 per grant application. Award recipients will be announced in June 2022. The grant funding period will occur from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Applications will be limited to nonprofit and other tax-exempt organizations or healthcare facilities as outlined in the request for applications. All funded organizations and institutions must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Applicants may contact programs@parkinson.org to verify eligibility.

Since 2011, the Foundation has funded more than $7.4 million in community-based programs that make life better for people living with PD. To apply for a Parkinson’s Foundation community grant or view the community grants funded in 2021, visit Parkinson.org/CommunityGrants. Stories highlighting the impact of community grants, written by recipients, can also be found at Parkinson.org/GranteeStories.

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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.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 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 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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