Grants: Family Caregivers

Weinberg Foundation Announces Grant Program to Support Family Caregivers

Deadline: June 12, 2008

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
( ) has announced an innovative new program to provide $9 million in grants to assist caregivers across the United States.

The Family and Informal Caregiver Funding Program was developed by the Weinberg Foundation to provide the critical resources necessary to support caregivers in innovative ways and facilitate partnerships among agencies and organizations. The primary goal of the program is to increase support for family and informal caregivers who assist older adults living in the community.

Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; faith- and other community-based organizations; tribal organizations; and units of local government nationwide.

The grant program will support from twelve to twenty community- based projects with grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 each (for a total of $300,000 to $900,000 for each grant recipient from March 2009 through February 2012).

Complete application details and additional information are available at the foundation’s Web site or by contacting the foundation’s offices.

Contact Information:
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Tel: (410) 654-8500
Email: CaregivingRFP at theweinbergfoundation dot org

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8 Responses to “Grants: Family Caregivers”

  1. 1 geraldine mcclendon 2008 June 2 at 2:13 pm

    Is there a grant availabe anywhere that supports caregivers to their parents?
    we are in the process of building a home and we are having to choose a home with a elderly mother-in-law suite. Are there any grants that can assist this situation?

  2. 2 vuee 2008 June 2 at 3:47 pm

    Most of these grants are for institutions and governments which would then make grants to individuals.

    My suggestion for housing modification and building is to look for HUD grantees (Housing & Urban Development) such as regional housing authorities. Currently, there should be some energy assistance/ weatherization from the EPA grantees. One of the keywords is “aging in place”.

    Another possible source is a regional developmental authority or non-profit such as rural development centers.

    Another possibility is a Lowe’s or Home Depot type store that may be involved in grants partnerships.

    Check with your local senior center, although you might have better luck checking with your region’s or state’s Area Council on Aging (through the Older Americans Act and your state). Some university extension programs are beginning to consider older people in their information.

    If your area is large enough, perhaps there is a state architect’s or contractor’s association.

    If you run across something more definitive or helpful, please let us know.

  3. 3 vuee 2008 June 2 at 3:49 pm

    PS– you might also consult a geriatric case manager or consultant. They tend to look at finances, etc. but should know of resources for housing modifications, too.

  4. 4 traci 2008 December 9 at 6:30 pm

    I am a prime caregiver for my husbands grandparents, whom I moved here from one state to another, to live with their daughter, “APPARENTLY” THEY HAVE RAN OUT of $ to pay for their care, but can pay a majority of bills monthly in the house, I do everything from dress, bathe, meals, meds, assist in restroom trips, grpa incontinent, dementia, chf, kidney failure, grma dementia, fractured hip. ca bladder, any suggestions?

    • 5 vuee 2008 December 10 at 12:30 pm

      You are certainly not alone in your situation, although it may seem that way sometimes.

      I would suggest you contact your local Area Agency on Aging as an initial step. They should know the resources available to your area and how best to guide you to what you may qualify for or take advantage of. A “geriatric case manager” may also be an excellent resource. Some of these folks are available for little or no cost through some senior centers but if you can afford the costs, the service is well worth it.

      It seems to me from what you describe that there may be ways for you to receive training and pay for care; respite care for you; perhaps the grandparents qualify for medicaid or a personal care attendant. I would also suggest that inquire about your own legal and financial resources– that is, what plans can you four make now in case you and your husband are no longer able to provide the care the grandparents need? Do all of you have a medical durable power of attorney and living wills?

      Use the locator link below as a start, but you have to search by city and general information to get started. Or, use the 800 phone number–
      Eldercare Locator. –
      (to find services for an older person in his or her locality): (800) 677-1116

      Regional Support Centers for the Administration on Aging can be found at this link. However, help finding resources in your area are really best accessed through your state or tribal Area Agency.

      Please come back and let us know if you find better resources or have suggestions for others. Your situation is complicated but not unusual and we are all facing aging together. Thank you.

      “State, Local and Tribal Links click here
      A nationwide network of federal, state and local agencies, led by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA), coordinates services for older persons across the United States.
      State Offices on Aging are located in every state and U.S. territory. Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) work to address the needs and concerns of older persons at regional or local levels. To learn more about AAA’s, visit the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
      Services for Native American elders are available throughout the United States. To find out more information about assistance to tribes, visit the National Indian Council on the Aging

      The Eldercare Locator is a service provided by the AoA to help you quickly locate support in any community across the United States. You can also call a toll-free number 1-800-677-1116 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

      There are approximately 50 national organizations that are concerned with the health and well being of older Americans. Contact the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations to learn more about them.”

  5. 6 Christine K Hunt 2009 May 19 at 2:59 pm

    I am a certified caregiver. I quit my job in order to be a caregiver to my aging Mother. I assist her with many tasks. She is able to still bathe and dress herself. I help with yard work as well as help her with walking, shopping, cooking, cleaning, assist her to get in and out of the car. I feel that the most important thing I do is that of companionship. I live with my Mother. She is a widow of twelve years now. She is on a fixed income. Are there any grants available! I want to continue to care for her. My Mother also has a prosthesis in her left hip.
    Thank you for any help you can offer us. It is a real joy for both of us to be together.

    • 7 vuee 2009 May 20 at 5:10 am

      Check with your state’s labor department. In Alaska, there is a program for people to support caretakers and the state is hardly a leader in the care of others. Unfortunately, I don’t know the details. I’ll try to find out more specifics to get you started. You aren’t the only one doing such caretaking so it would be nice to find out details for others to learn from.

  6. 8 Connie Drapeau Kennedy 2012 January 24 at 6:18 am

    Thank you for providing funding to worthy organizations. My suggestion to present day caregivers is to seek resources and funds while you can.

    For more than a decade (actually more than two) my mother, father and husband needed caregiving at different times. All had cancer and other illnesses. I am grateful that my husband is fine today. In the end he helped me tend to my Mom 24/7 in our home for a few years. After a year or two we had the false understanding that our cash outlay would mostly be reimbursed (by an inheritance). Mom underwent a wonderful life altering procedure at age 87 that corrected an overlooked lifelong condition. We spent promised funds on her. Due to family issues and the recession those funds didn’t quite materialize as expected. I got sick post-caregiving and we’re left in a deep hole, but at least we have very happy, peaceful memories.

    Although caregiving can be exhausting I urge other caregivers to access whatever resources they can: senior centers, county services, visiting nurse associations, meals-on-wheels, houses of worship, local outreach organizations, AARP, hospital social workers, school nurses, cancer and medical organizations, online resources and forums. I was just informed about . You may think that others need local human resources more than you do but avail yourselves of them now; you can always “repay” them with the donation of your funds, talent or volunteer time later. I wish I had done more of the above.

    My three other suggestions are to enlist siblings in all the help you need. From what I’ve witnessed and experienced it’s much easier said than done. Don’t “walk on eggshells”; crush them. If siblings aren’t offering to help you share the time on-duty they must not understand your physical and mental exhaustion. If nothing more, keep them apprised of your efforts through a resource like . I did not but wish I had.

    Second, get an outside financial advisor or executor to handle any family matters. It will prevent arguments, finger pointing and bitterness later. Hopefully.

    Third, keep some semblance of a life for yourself. Take time out to read, to learn something new, to practice an art, craft or music. Work if and when you can at your career. Step outside, even if it’s only to absorb two minutes of sunshine.

    OK, I have more suggestions but perhaps not for here. Laugh where you can! If you don’t see anything to laugh at get a tape, book or CD from the library to help you laugh. If you have nothing to play it on try .

    Last, cherish the privilege and shared moments with your loved one while you can. The hours seem so very long now. One day they’ll be gone. Believe it or not, a new day will dawn and a new future just for you. Create the memories you want.

    Bless you all for the work you do.

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