Brookdale Foundation Group: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Brookdale Foundation Group focuses on those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

IP TAKE: Brookdale's modest grants are a good resource for local and small groups. It should be noted that this funder likes to back outfits with sound finances.

PROFILE: The Brookdale Foundation Group is comprised of the Brookdale Foundation, the Glendale Foundation, and the Ramapo trust. It was established in 1950 by Henry, Irving, Robert, Benjamin, and Arnold Schwartz, with a focus on medicine and higher education. In 1984 its strategy shifted towards its current mission to “enhance the quality of life of the America’s elderly.” Currently, its three main initiatives are the National Group Respite Program, the Relatives as Parents Program, and the Leadership in Aging Fellowship Program.

Brookdale’s National Group Respite Program awards “seed grants to organizations to develop and implement social model group respite programs.” Its main goals are to help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients engage in “meaningful social and recreational activities in a secure and supportive setting in order to maximize their cognitive and social abilities,” and to “provide relief and support to family members and other primary caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.”

The Brookdale Foundation Group generally awards grants of up to $10,000, with the opportunity for a $5,000 renewal grant. Grantseekers may review the foundation’s Past Grants to get a better idea of the kinds of organizations Brookdale supports.

Brookdale accepts unsolicited applications for its National Group Respite Program. Deadlines are subject to change, but generally fall in mid-June.

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