Brookdale Foundation Announces RFP for Respite and Relatives as Parents Programs

The Brookdale Foundation is accepting applications for its Group Respite and Relative as Parents programs.

Since 1989, the Brookdale National Group Respite Program has awarded seed grants to organizations to develop and implement social model group respite programs. These day programs have served thousands of elders with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their family caregivers. In addition to group respite, the development of programs for people with early memory loss is also supported through this initiative.

1) Group Respite Program: The goals of the program are to offer opportunities for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia to engage in a program of meaningful social and recreational activity in a secure and supportive setting in order to maximize their cognitive and social abilities, as well as to provide relief and support to family members and other primary caregivers.

In addition to providing respite care and enjoyable group activities that build on the strengths and abilities of participants, the programs offer family caregivers access to services such as counseling, support groups, information and referral, training, and education. With a nationwide network of programs providing regular respite services, the program demonstrates that a cost-effective social model of adult day services can successfully address the special needs of Alzheimer's families.

To that end, grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to up to fifteen Group Respite and Early Memory Loss programs to develop a new dementia-specific social model program. Grant funds may not be used to support or expand the hours, days, or service capacity of existing social, health, or medical model programs or to serve mixed populations.

Applications must be received no later than June 27.

2) Relatives as Parents Program: This program aims to develop or expand services for grandparents or other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting when the biological parents are unable to do so. Up to fifteen programs will be selected to receive seed grants of up to $15,000. 

Applications must be received no later than June 13.

Grant support for either program includes $10,000 in year one, renewable up to $5,000 for a second year, based on evaluation of first-year activities and potential for future continuity of the program; all-expense-paid participation for one staff member at a training conference, to be held October 25-27 2018, in Teaneck, New Jersey; and ongoing technical assistance and support.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

See the Brookdale National Group website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.