Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards

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With continuing support from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is pleased to oversee the annual Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards program.



In the recent past, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation undertook a review of issues facing caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease. In June 2007, the Foundation published an expert panel discussion report, Strengthening Caregiving for Alzheimer's Disease, which outlined promising practices, research recommendations, and key principles for caregiver support. It is against this backdrop that The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award Program was initiated. The program promotes those principles and stimulates innovation in the field of Alzheimer's disease caregiving by recognizing and rewarding those efforts which lead the way in addressing the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers. The year 2018 marks the 11th year of this award program.


Gilbert Caregiving Legacy Awards recipients 2008 – 2017  |  Click to view fullscreen

Gilbert Caregiving Legacy Awards: THEN & NOW
THEN & NOW is an update on three past winners of Awards.
Each is presented in a downloadable, two-page PDF.



One award of $20,000 will be given in each of the following three categories:

  • Creative Expression
    Programs or projects that use novel, creative approaches to support persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family/informal caregivers. Examples include art, music, theatre, poetry, multimedia (e.g. film, documentary, radio), or technology used for creative engagement or other types of creative expression.
  • Diverse/Multicultural Communities
    Programs or projects that address a gap or chart a new way to deliver services, support, or outreach to family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in diverse racial/ethnic, age, religious/spiritual, LGBTQ, rural/remote, limited income, and other groups of caregivers with unique needs.
  • Public Policy
    Programs or projects that advocate for policy or systems changes for the benefit of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and/or their family/informal caregivers. These efforts could focus on legislation, executive or administrative changes, media or public awareness campaigns, advocacy campaigns, or any other actions to strengthen public or private recognition and support of family/informal caregivers.

NOTE: We encourage previous Gilbert Caregiving Legacy Awards applicants — including past winners with NEW programs — to apply again.




Please note: The Awards will be announced (pending full funding) at the end of the year or early January 2019.

2018 Award recipients are scheduled to be honored at reception on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, during the 2019 Aging in America Conference in New Orleans. The awardees will have an opportunity to offer a short slide presentation and talk about their program at the reception.



  • Not for profit organizations, government agencies, and universities addressing a community need with a program or project that focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are eligible to apply. Note: Family/informal caregivers are unpaid caregivers. The term includes family members, friends, domestic partners, and neighbors.
  • Support for family/informal caregivers need not be the primary mission of the organization, agency, or university. For example: past winners include a library, songwriting organization, and pubic advocacy group.
  • Only agencies operating within the continental United States and Hawaii are eligible to apply.
    • Nonprofit applicants must submit proof of their 501(c)(3) status or other nonprofit status.
    • The nominated program or project has to have been active during the calendar year of 2017 and/or 2018. If the program or project involves a major culminating event, that event must have occurred prior to the application deadline.
  • For the Public Policy and Creative Expression categories, program or project may be related to either family/informal caregivers or persons with dementia or both.
  • For the Diversity/Multicultural Communities category, program/project must be specific to family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
  • The applicant or other designated program or project representatives must be willing to share information about their program with others, including a presentation at a national professional conference, and to write up additional information to appear on FCA's website and/or future publications. Award recipients may also be asked to provide information about how the award was used to further advance the mission of the organization, agency, or university.
  • Applicants must apply electronically using the designated online system.
  • Applicants must designate the category in which they would like to be considered. Applicants are competing only against others within their chosen category. If the judges feel that the applicant would be better suited for another category, they will contact the applicant directly.



Applicants should follow the online application instructions in preparing a succinct description of their submitted program or project. Finalists may be contacted to provide additional information or materials. Expert judges will objectively assess and score applications. Final recommendations will be made to The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.



For assistance with your application, please review the FAQ page first.


Requirements may be adjusted to compensate for unforeseeable circumstances upon a showing of good cause. Adjustment is subject to the discretion of FCA and/or the funding organization.

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

The mission of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation is to invest in programs that promote education, tolerance, social services, healthcare, and the arts. The Foundation builds on the ideals and pursuits of its founders, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert. In addition, The foundation funds Arts Education and Culture in Los Angeles, Jewish programs in Los Angeles, and universities in California. In the area of Alzheimer's disease, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation focuses its grant-making on the advancement of research by junior investigators in the United States and Israel and investments in Alzheimer's disease caregiving.
Click here for more information.

Family Caregiver Alliance

Established in 1977, the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) supports and assists caregivers through education, services, research, and advocacy. FCA programs support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. The National Center on Caregiving, established at FCA in 2001, is working to advance the development of high quality cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state of the country.
Click here or call (800) 445-8106 for more information.