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Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards


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General Information

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.

Award Background

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 2014 marked the seventh year of this award program.

Past Award Recipients

Award Details

Three awards of $20,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, government agencies or universities responding to a community need with a program or project which focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Only agencies operating within the continental United States are eligible to apply. One award will be granted in each of these categories:

  • Creative Expression: This award will go to programs or projects that use imaginative and creative approaches in supporting persons with dementia or family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Some examples are programs or projects using art, music, theatre, journaling, multimedia (e.g. film, documentary, radio) or other types of creative expression.

  • Diverse/Multicultural Communities: This award will go to programs or projects that provide services, support or other types of outreach to family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in diverse ethnic, age diversity, religion/spirituality, gender, rural, low income, and LGBT or other communities.

  • Policy and Advocacy: This award will go to programs or projects that advocate for systems change for the benefit of family/informal caregivers or care recipients with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. These efforts could focus on legislation, executive or administrative changes, advocacy campaigns, or any other action to strengthen the public or private sector's recognition and support of family/informal caregivers.

Award Timeline

Applications were available, online only. The closing deadline for 2014 applications was Friday, Sept 5, 2014, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Award recipients will be honored at the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA). Participates will be invited to present information about their awarded program or project at the conference. Travel stipends will be available for the conference.

Eligibility and Submission Conditions

  • Nonprofit organizations, government agencies and universities responding to 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. Family or 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.

    • Nonprofit applicants must submit proof of their 501(c) (3) status or other nonprofit status by attaching a copy of their nonprofit designation letter to their application. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply.
    • The nominated program or project has to have been active during the calendar year of 2013 and/or 2014. If the program or project involves a major culminating event, that event must have occurred prior to application deadline.
  • For the Policy & Advocacy 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.

  • Application must be received by the extended deadline of Friday, Sept 5, 2014, at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).

  • 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.

Review Process

Applications will contain a series of questions about the program or project being nominated. These questions will correspond to the four major areas on which programs/projects will be judged. These are:

  • Rationale/Purpose—Did the program or project address a real need in the community?

  • Innovation—Was the program or project innovative or unique by responding to an unmet need, building on prior research, adapting an existing program in a new way or incorporating innovative collaborations?

  • Impact—Did the program or project have an impact in the community and how was success assessed?

  • Replication/Dissemination—Does this program or project have the potential to be replicated, can it have a continued use through dissemination, were there successful elements or lessons learned that can serve as a guide for others attempting to achieve a similar goal?

Each category will be weighed equally. 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.

Gilbert Awards - Frequently Asked Questions

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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 & 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.
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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.

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.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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