Community Grants

Supporting local, life-changing Parkinson's programs across the U.S.

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The Parkinson’s Foundation funds community grants that further the health, wellness and education of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) across the U.S.

The Foundation recognizes the unprecedented need for community-related programs and events. In 2022, the Foundation awarded over $2 million in community grants to support programs providing services that educate and deliver exercise programs specifically designed for people with PD, reach those who are newly diagnosed, and that address the intersection of mental health and PD. These programs benefit communities in 37 states across the country.

Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $9.4 million to support 716 community-based programs that improve life for people living with PD.

What types of programs do we fund?

The Foundation funds programs that are impactful, sustainable, scalable and measurable. Programs may be new and existing grant-supported areas and/or pilot programs. All funded organizations and institutions must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The 2022 community grant cycle focuses on programs that:

  1. Educate and deliver exercise programs specifically designed for people with PD
  2. Address the intersection of mental health and PD
  3. Reach and support care partners of individuals with PD

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
  • For-profit organizations (may be eligible if the program is offered at no cost)
  • Healthcare facilities

Parkinson’s Foundation community grants do not support:

  • 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

For more details on what the grant funding can cover please reach out to Programs@Parkinson.org or visit the link below to view the 2023 Community Grant application and supporting documents.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically on a grants application system via ProposalCentral. Applicants will need to create an account in order to submit an application. Interested applicants should follow the link below and choose one of two applications to apply through. For ​institutions that are part of the Parkinson’s Foundation Global Care Network, please apply through the Community Grants at the Global Care Network application. All other community organizations should apply through the Community Grants application.

APPLY NOW

Applications Due: January 31, 2023
Award Notifications: June 2023
Grant Period: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

If you have questions about the grant application process, please email Programs@Parkinson.org. The Foundation will be hosting a technical assistance webinar on Thursday, December 15, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET to provide an overview of the 2023 Community Grant application process. Interested applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Register for the webinar here.

How Community Grants Make an Impact

Community-based grants help fund education and outreach programs that address unmet needs in the PD community. Community grants help people with PD live better lives, today.

$9.4M

invested by the Parkinson's Foundation to support community-based programs for people living with PD.

716

wellness, exercise and educational programs funded across the nation.

30,000+

people with PD and care partners reached through grant programs.

FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grants Program. Below, you will find answers to the most common questions — including online application, process and eligibility requirements. Reach out to programs@parkinson.org for additional questions.

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