Our approach—listen, learn, act—means the point of view of the people most affected by neurodegenerative diseases comes first in everything we do. We talk to and learn from people living with these diseases and their loved ones and caregivers. Pervasive Needs Grants are given in response to what we hear.

This is our second round of grants and builds from the reporting of Adira’s Fast-Track Grants Response: COVID-19 projects.

Current round: Fall 2020

Adira is reviewing proposals for projects that address three priorities raised repeatedly by our growing community of people and providers in the Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease communities. These priorities were identified as urgent, prevalent, and for which solutions can deliver broad, deep impact to individuals and systems.


  • Caregiver mental health
  • Care coordination and management
  • Community resource sharing 

Important dates

  • We held an informational call on Oct. 27. Resources from the call:
  • Applications were due Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. ET.
  • We are currently reviewing all submissions received by 5 p.m. ET Nov. 19, and will notify applicants directly when we announce which projects we will fund.

More about listening

Find out more about some listening activities that informed the priorities: