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. These community-based grants help fund education and outreach programs, along with local research initiatives, that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s community. Since 2011, the Parkinson's Foundation has funded 436 community-based programs that make life better for people living with PD.

The Parkinson’s Foundation awarded $1.5 million in community grants in the 2020 grant cycle, ranging from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $25,000 per grant recipient. 

What Type of Programs Do We Fund?

The Foundation funds programs that make an impact in local PD communities. We aim to fund programs that are impactful, sustainable and measurable. Our three focus areas include:

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

We also fund grants that serve new and existing grant-supported areas, pilot programs and/or those that address unmet needs including: 

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

Eligibility Requirements

The community grants program is open to communities nationwide. 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
  • Individual/staff memberships, accreditations, instructor training programs and/or licensing
  • Endowments
  • Individual support is not permitted

How to Apply?

Applications will be accepted electronically via an online grants application system at Proposal Central. Applicants will need to create an account in order to submit a grant application.

Applications Due: February 3, 2020
Award Notifications: Mid–Late June, 2020
Grant Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

For more information about the community grants program, applicants can review and download the Request for Application (RFA) and application guidelines below.

Download Request for Application
Download Application Guidelines

If you have any questions about the grants application process, email

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