Accepting Applications: Innovations in Caregiving – Seed Grant Opportunity

October 2011 – Bethesda, Maryland - The National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Foundation are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2012 Innovations in Caregiving, a new seed grant program that will provide startup funds of $10,000 to five non-profit organizations for new caregiving education and support programs. The request for applications is available online at http://web.raffa.com/nac/caregiver_awards.

Over the past five years, many innovative and effective caregiving programs have been identified through the MetLife Foundation/National Alliance for Caregiving National Family Caregiving Awards. Since 2006, 44 community-based organizations, agencies, and universities were awarded grants to both honor their exemplary programs and enhance their caregiving efforts. In addition, the awards’ program has helped to raise awareness about caregiving issues around the country and stimulate the aging network to replicate these established and successful caregiving innovations.

MetLife Foundation and the National Alliance for Caregiving launched this new grants program to stimulate replication of the exemplary caregiver education and support programs and best practices that were identified by the National Family Caregiving Awards. Innovations in Caregiving will provide financial support to five non-profit organizations, agencies, and universities to replicate the best innovations identified through the National Family Caregiving Awards program.

The seed grants will provide startup funds for new caregiving programs that adapt previous programs/best practices to the unique needs of caregivers in their own communities. Grantees are encouraged to develop plans for sustaining these replicated programs. As a resource for applicants and the caregiving community in general, a Replication Guide has been created that features the winners of the National Family Caregiving Awards. To view this guide, visit: http://web.raffa.com/nac/caregiver_awards.

Five grants of up to $10,000 will be given to non-profit organizations chosen by an Advisory Committee, consisting of experts in caregiving including, former National Family Caregiving Award winners.

Applicants are also required to submit a timeline and budget in their proposal. The deadline for application is January 27, 2012.

For additional information about this program, contact Jordan Green at jordan@caregiving.org.

Free Informational Webinar

The National Alliance for Caregiving hosted a free webinar on November 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm EST to discuss its Innovations in Caregiving grants program opportunity. MetLife Foundation and the National Alliance for Caregiving launched this new grants program to stimulate replication of the exemplary caregiver education and support programs and best practices that were identified by the National Family Caregiving Awards. Innovations in Caregiving will provide financial support of up to $10,000 to five non-profit organizations, agencies, and universities to replicate the best innovations identified through the National Family Caregiving Awards program.

During this webinar, a select group of National Family Caregiving Award winners discussed their programs in detail and showed ways that the applicants can replicate their programs. The award winners also answered questions from those wishing to apply for an Innovations in Caregiving grant.

To view this archived webinar, click on the link below:

http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=83575