Grant FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the Community Grants program. We understand that you might have some questions regarding the online application, process and eligibility requirements. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grants.  

Q. Does my organization have to have a 501(c)(3) to qualify for a grant?

A. Any organization that is interested in applying should have a 501(c)(3). Individuals are not allowed to apply unless partnering with an organization that holds a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status (a mutual agreement letter will need to be submitted with this type of application). Applications submitted by an individual will not be accepted.

Q. Are individuals eligible to apply?

A. No. However, if interested, you can work with your local community center and ask them if they would be interested in collaborating with you on your program. Note that a mutual agreement letter will need to be submitted at the time of your application.

Q. If my organization is not in or near a Moving Day city, can I still apply?

A. Yes, this is a nationwide grant opportunity.

Q.  Is my organization allowed to submit more than one application in a community?

A. Yes, but we recommend that you collaborate within your organization to provide one application when considering the same focus area.

Q. Does the application have to meet the focus areas outlined in the Request for Application (RFA) or can we gear the application to another unmet need?

A. For this grant opportunity, the Foundation will support existing and pilot programs that address unmet needs in one of the focus areas outlined in the RFA.

Q. Are assisted living facilities eligible to apply?

A. Yes. Please note that the program must be limited to people with Parkinson’s and/or care partners and must be offered free of charge.

Q. Are rehab centers eligible to apply?

A. Yes.  Please note that the program must be limited to people with Parkinson’s and must be offered free of charge. 

Q. Can I apply for additional funding for my program outside of the Foundation?

A. Absolutely, we encourage all funded organizations to seek additional sponsorship to support your program. 

Q. I’ve never written a grant, can you help me?

A. The Parkinson’s Foundation cannot help you write a grant; however, we can provide information on useful tools to help guide you. Visit Charity How To’s tips for grant writing article

Q. I do not have access to a computer, may I mail my application?

 A. All applications must be submitted through the online grant system at Proposal Central.

Q. Do I need to create an account through the online grant system?

A. In order to be considered for this grant opportunity, you will be required to create an account and apply through Proposal Central.

Q. Do you accept applications from Puerto Rico?

A. Yes.

Q.  Does this grant support indirect costs?

A.  The Foundation does not support indirect costs for the community grants program.  This includes indirect institutional costs such as administrative fees. Please review the RFA for more information.

Q. Does this grant offer salary support?

A. The community grants program does not offer salary support for FTE but will cover the expenses for participant costs and facilitator/instructor (person providing direct service to participants) expenses. 

Q. Can the grant help cover expenses to send my staff to a training?

A. No. Individual/staff memberships, accreditations, staff/instructor training programs and licensing are not allowed under this grant.

Q. Is exercise equipment covered under this grant?

A. No. 

Q. Can the grant help pay for construction?

A. No, this grant is for programming or services for individuals with Parkinson’s.

Q. Does the grant cover alcohol for an upcoming educational symposium?

A. No. This grant will cover refreshments for participants; however, alcohol is not permitted as an allowable expense.

Q. Is travel authorized for my grant?

A. No, travel for presenters and staff is not permitted; however, the Foundation will cover travel transportation costs of participants.  Please note that the amount cannot exceed 5% of the budget.

Q. If awarded, can the Foundation pay instructor(s) directly?

A. No.

Q. Are speaker fees covered for an educational program?

A. Speakers are covered; however, the expense cannot exceed 10% of direct program support.


The Parkinson’s Foundation is closely monitoring the evolving situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We know how important fitness, education and social interaction are to people with Parkinson’s. The safety and wellbeing of all who participate in a Community Grant funded program is of the utmost importance during this uncertain time. 

To support the health and safety of the attendees, the program personnel and volunteers at each of the funded programs, the Foundation we will work with each of the grantees by providing ease on administrative requirements for your programs, which include: contractual obligations, budget modifications, and new formats of your program. Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19. If you have additional 

Grant Recipients

Q. Will the Parkinson’s Foundation provide the funded program a no cost extension due to delays of COVID-19?

Yes. The Parkinson’s Foundation grantees may submit a no cost extension request for up to six months due to COVID-19 program delays. If you wish to request an extension, please complete this form and submit it to programs@parkinson.org

Q. Will the Parkinson’s Foundation accept a late final report submission due to the COVID-19?

Yes. The no cost extension approval notice you will be received upon request, will provide a new date for submission of your final report and financial report.

Q. What is the best way to let the grant administrator know of any changes to my current program?

To notify the grant administrator of any changes to your program, please email the changes to programs@parkinson.org or complete this form. 

Q. Will there be flexibility in budget modifications to change the format of our funded program Parkinson’s due to COVID-19?

Yes. The Foundation is aware that COVID-19 may impact your organization, the programs and services you provide to the PD community. If your program is considering a budget modification or a change to its format, contact programs@parkinson.org to implement these program changes.

Grant Applicants

Q. Will the Parkinson’s Foundation allow for revisions to already submitted applications?

Yes. We are undergoing the external review for the 2020 Community Grants Program. Upon completion of the review if your grant application, you will be contacted by the Senior Grants Manager to obtain information about any changes regarding your application due to COVID-19.

Q. Will the Foundation change the start of the grant period due to COVID-19 closures?

No. However, if a program cannot start on July 1, 2020, due to COVID-19, the Foundation will consider changes to the grant period on case-by-case basis.

Should you have any additional questions regarding Community Grants, please email programs@parkinson.org 

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