Inside the Gilbert Foundation’s Two-Pronged Disease Funding Approach

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation is known as a locally focused funder in Los Angeles and a Jewish funder in L.A. and Israel. But what some grantseekers might not realize is that Gilbert is also a big funder of disease caregiving and research.

The foundation has a two-pronged approach to disease funding. Let’s take a closer look.

Gilbert’s Alzheimer’s Funding

Alzheimer’s disease isn’t a designated part of this funder’s initiatives, but it has its own awards program. In 2007, the foundation brought together a panel of experts to discuss issues that face adults caring for Alzheimer’s patients. It published a report on the topic and created the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Legacy Awards.

Family Caregiver Alliance manages this award, by which the foundation promotes innovations in the field of Alzheimer’s caregiving. One award of $20,000 is given in each of the following three categories: creative expression, diverse/multi-cultural communities, and policy and advocacy. Applications are available online and often due in the fall of each year.

Recipients are honored at the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging. Nonprofits, government agencies and universities addressing a community need, and that focus on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are eligible to apply. Questions about the awards can be sent to

Check out the awards FAQ for more details and the awards general information page for current deadlines. The 2015 recipients will be honored at the 2016 Annual Conferences of the Society on Aging. The 2015 deadline was extended to October 9. In 2014, the recipients were Gail Borden Public Library (Elgin, Illinois), Orange Caregiver Resource Center (Fullerton, CA), Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (North St. Paul, Minnesota), and California Association for Adult Day Services (Sacramento, California). Unlike the funder’s main initiatives, the Alzheimer’s awards see fewer geographic boundaries and often extend to groups beyond Los Angeles.

Gilbert’s Diabetes Funding

One big part of Gilbert’s healthcare initiative is diabetes and obesity prevention for children. These types of grants often go toward access to healthy food, physical activity for children, and policy and environmental changes for children and families. Most of this type of funding stays in Los Angeles and Southern California, with some grants going toward California statewide programs and ones in Israel.

However, a quick look at the foundation’s recent grants will show that most of its healthcare funding has been going to Alzheimer’s causes. In 2014, the foundation committed $1,092,210 to healthcare causes in total. Overall grantmaking was $8,252,041 that year.

For the healthcare initiative, unsolicited grant proposals are accepted throughout the year. The foundation prefers providing direct service program support above anything else and generally shies away from awarding general operating support to nonprofits. See the Application page of the foundation website to get started with your one- to two-page letter of inquiry.

To learn more about this funder’s disease funding, read IP’s full profile, Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation: Grants for Disease. You can also learn about the funder’s local giving in our Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation: Los Angeles Grants profile.