Community Grants

Community Grants

About Community Grants

Parkinson’s Foundation community grants further the health, wellness and education of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) across the nation.

We recognize that the need for community-related programs and events is unprecedented. In 2021, the Parkinson’s Foundation awarded over $2.2 million in community grants to support programs that provide services for diverse and underserved populations, initiatives that reach the newly diagnosed and programs that address mental health and Parkinson’s. These programs will benefit communities in 40 states across the country.

As part of our community grants, we also award Centers of Excellence Community Outreach Resource Education (CORE) grants. Awarded within the Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence network, these grants support community-based education and outreach programs that address unmet needs.

Since 2011, the Parkinson's Foundation has invested more than $7.4 million to support 580 community-based programs that make life better for people living with PD.

What Types of Programs Do We Fund?

The Foundation funds programs that make an impact in local PD communities. We fund programs that are impactful, sustainable, scalable and measurable. In addition, the programs we fund serve new and existing grant-supported areas and/or pilot programs through:

  • Wellness and Exercise Programs (i.e., yoga, dance, non-contact boxing, Tai Chi, cycling) 
  • Voice/Music/Art Therapy Programs 
  • Educational Programs/Events

The three focus areas for the 2021 application cycle include:

  1. Services for diverse and underserved populations
  2. Initiatives that reach the newly diagnosed
  3. Programs that address mental health and Parkinson’s

Eligibility Requirements

The community grants program is open to communities nationwide. Eligible organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally).  Applications will be limited to the following categories of applicants:

  • Non-profit and other tax-exempt organizations.
  • Other organizations 
  • Healthcare facilities

Parkinson’s Foundation community grants are meant to reach and help people with Parkinson’s through community-based programs. Foundation grants will not support the following:

  • Salary cost for individuals employed by their organization 
  • Capital expenses (i.e., computers, furniture, building fixtures)
  • Exercise equipment (i.e., bikes, treadmills, weights, boxing equipment, etc.)
  • Indirect costs (i.e., administrative, facility fees, facility rent, utilities, insurance, and/or general office expenses) 
  • Travel for staff/facilitators
  • Individual/staff memberships, accreditations, instructor training programs and/or licensing
  • Endowments
  • Individual support is not permitted

How to Apply?

Applications are now closed.

Award Notifications: Mid–Late June 2021
Grant Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

For more information about the community grants program, applicants can review and download the Request for Application (RFA) and application guidelines or watch the technical assistance webinar below, which provides an overview of the application process.

Download Request for Applications
Download Application Guidelines

If you have any questions about Community Grants or the application process, please email Programs@Parkinson.org

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