UPDATE: We are no longer accepting applications. Please join our email list to be alerted should this change.

As people all over the world are joining together to slow the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on daily life—an effort that changes daily and differs city to city and state to state—Adira Foundation is redirecting some funding to meet immediate and pressing need in our community.

Adira’s community—made up of five communities: Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease—is the most important aspect of who we are and what we do. Our purpose is to work together to better the lives of people with neurodegenerative diseases that in the best of times face challenges and barriers that a person with typical health rarely experience.

As such, we will grant $50,000 total to organizations working to support the many individuals with neurodegenerative diseases and those who love and care for them during this uncertain time.

In brief, Adira’s emergency grant response will:

  • Focus on organizations that provide emergency-response, direct-service programs to the Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease communities. Our grants will go to qualifying nonprofit organizations (not individuals).
  • Award grantees up to $10,000. Smaller projects are encouraged to apply.
  • Focus on collaboration between communities and sectors, aggregating disease communities, and simplifying navigation of difficult systems—in alignment with our mission.
  • Fast track the application process so that organizations seeking financial support can provide necessary emergency services without delay.

See eligibility guidelines, application, background reading and more below.

We will accept applications from organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit in good standing.
  • Headquarters are based and services are provided to clients in the U.S.
  • Serve people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease and/or their caregivers.
  • Provide a direct service, tool, or resource to address a concern exacerbated or caused by the current COVID-19 public health emergency.

Emergency situations can create a host of additional problems that disproportionately impact older adults and people living with complex health conditions. With additional resources and a coordinated response effort, we want to lessen the lasting impact of this crisis on people living with neurodegenerative diseases and their caregivers. Read more about our goals.

We are fast tracking the grant application process so that organizations seeking financial support can act quickly to provide emergency-response, direct-service programs to the Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease communities.

The fast-track plan is to review and respond to each application within two business days. We want to make it possible for nonprofit organizations to step out and provide services, quickly, responsibly and efficiently to those they serve.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will conclude when the funding has been fully distributed.

UPDATE: Applications are closed.

Fill out the application (PDF download) form and the project budget and email at your earliest convenience.

Applicants will receive a decision within two weekdays of your submission.

Adira will review approved grantee programs 60 days after the disbursement of emergency grant funds, or when funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. If additional emergency response support is still needed, Adira may choose to award additional funds.

Funds allocated toward operating expenses such as salaries, rent, office benefit payments, and related expenses will be capped at 20 percent of the total award. If you are seeking help with operating expenses, try the Paycheck Protection Program from the Small Business Administration.

Grantees will be required to provide a final report within 30 days of the end of the grant period. This must include a summary of completed emergency response program activities and a final spending report.

Downloadable resources:

We know your work is critical, and your time is precious. If you run into questions or issues, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. We will do our best to make the process smooth and easy for you.

Give to the Fast-Track COVID-19 Response

In the wake of COVID-19, people living with neurodegenerative diseases are experiencing extra stress and even more barriers to life-giving services than normal. While sheltering at home, many are cut off from important care lifelines: physical therapy, regular doctor visits, in-home care, exercise groups, support groups, and more.

Your gift today will fund more necessary services that ease the extra burden these communities are facing, ultimately improving the daily experience of people with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Note: If the COVID-19 emergency situation ends before funding is fully awarded, gifts designated for COVID-19 may be reassigned to areas of most urgent need.