Contact: Mary Anne Grant PHONE: 781-816-5151 EMAIL: info@imstillhere.org I’m Still Here 7 Wainwright Road #35 Winchester, MA 01890
A life fulfilling approach to living with dementia
2023 Innovation Programs Grants
I’m Still Here 2023 Innovation Programs Grants Application Information I’m Still Here is dedicated to helping persons living with dementia (PLWD) to flourish. Our Innovation Grants program seeks, supports, and sponsors innovative community programs and activities in which PLWD can participate and excel. The ISH Innovation Grants program supports creative thinking and ideas for engagement programs that utilize arts, culture, music, community activities, physical exercise, animals, online activities, and any other activity that helps people to feel fulfilled. In addition, successful submissions will encompass the I’m Still Here principles, which engage persons living with dementia and their care partners in all aspects of community and family life. Applicants may request funding for their project for two consecutive grant cycles, after which they must wait one year before reapplying. Applicants with new projects may submit without the one-year hiatus. Grant awards are for up to $10,000. Cost-sharing is encouraged and is required for programs that exceed the maximum ISH award. Each grant is awarded for one year of programming. Submissions for more than the maximum amount will be rejected. I’M STILL HERE Principles Dignity Positive: Encourage the person to use their skills and abilities to succeed and to master new skills. Respectful: Respect each person’s choices, wishes and capacities. Meaningful: Create meaning in the life of each person by helping them give to and share with others. Relational: Reinforce relationship with care partners. Engagement Acceptance: Engage the full person – they are still there. Creative: Use the arts and all the senses to engage persons living with dementia. Inclusive: Include and involve all care partners in programs and activities. Open-minded: Favor social/behavioral alternatives to pharmacological treatments Community Comprehensive: Reach persons with dementia living at home and in other settings. Involved: Include all persons living with dementia in their communities. Inventive: Take advantage of existing community resources. Education Encourage: Help everyone living with dementia to learn and grow. Enlighten: Inform individual & community partners in positive new ways about dementia and its acceptance in the community. Additional criteria for award selection Innovation The Innovation Grants program aims to provide seed funding for designing and implementing an innovative program/activity oriented towards joyful experiences that integrate PLWD in their community. While extending or expanding an existing program is not inadmissible, applicants must demonstrate innovation and adherence to the ISH principles in their funding request. Innovation includes entirely new program approaches, major shifts in delivering programs already in practice, combining programs in innovative ways as well as adherence to the I’m Still Here principles. Outreach and Community The Innovation Grants program favors activities that use community resources to engage persons living with dementia and their care partners, wherever they reside. Outreach to underserved individuals and communities are particularly welcome. We also welcome programs that reduce the stigma associated with dementia. Sustainability and Replication Successful submissions to the Innovation Grants program make provision for program sustainability and replicability. Previous grantees will be asked to share their experiences in ways that may inspire other innovators in other communities. Outcomes and Evaluation I’m Still Here is committed to collecting feedback on each funded project. We ask applicants to commit to relaying information about their project, providing numerical information and stories about the impact on those who participate. Please note that stories and videos may be posted on the ISH website to demonstrate the value of ISH funded programs. Additional information Award winners are expected to: Sign an agreement with ISH, stating funding conditions, deliverables, and timelines. Produce a formal Press Release prior to receiving ISH funds. Share their photos, quotes and stories with releases, for posting on the ISH website, Meet quarterly with an ISH Board member for status updates and information exchange. Submit a final report at the end of the funded year. Dates and Timeline Deadline for Letters of Inquiry 1 February 2023 Deadline for Final Grant submission 10 March 2023 Notification of awards 15 April 2023 Deadline for signed grant agreements 1 May 2023 Award funds disbursed 1 June 2023 Final report due 30 May 2024 I’m Still Here Board members and staff are available to respond to questions. We look forward to working with all our grantees as we all work to enhance the lives of those living with dementia and their care partners. We applaud all of your efforts and look forward to hearing from you! 10_15_22
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Contact: Mary Anne Grant PHONE: 781-816-5151 EMAIL: info@imstillhere.org I’m Still Here 7 Wainwright Road #35 Winchester, MA 01890
A life fulfilling approach to living with dementia
2023 Innovation Programs Grants
I’m Still Here 2023 Innovation Programs Grants Application Information I’m Still Here is dedicated to helping persons living with dementia (PLWD) to flourish. Our Innovation Grants program seeks, supports, and sponsors innovative community programs and activities in which PLWD can participate and excel. The ISH Innovation Grants program supports creative thinking and ideas for engagement programs that utilize arts, culture, music, community activities, physical exercise, animals, online activities, and any other activity that helps people to feel fulfilled. In addition, successful submissions will encompass the I’m Still Here principles, which engage persons living with dementia and their care partners in all aspects of community and family life. Applicants may request funding for their project for two consecutive grant cycles, after which they must wait one year before reapplying. Applicants with new projects may submit without the one-year hiatus. Grant awards are for up to $10,000. Cost-sharing is encouraged and is required for programs that exceed the maximum ISH award. Each grant is awarded for one year of programming. Submissions for more than the maximum amount will be rejected. I’M STILL HERE Principles Dignity Positive: Encourage the person to use their skills and abilities to succeed and to master new skills. Respectful: Respect each person’s choices, wishes and capacities. Meaningful: Create meaning in the life of each person by helping them give to and share with others. Relational: Reinforce relationship with care partners. Engagement Acceptance: Engage the full person – they are still there. Creative: Use the arts and all the senses to engage persons living with dementia. Inclusive: Include and involve all care partners in programs and activities. Open-minded: Favor social/behavioral alternatives to pharmacological treatments Community Comprehensive: Reach persons with dementia living at home and in other settings. Involved: Include all persons living with dementia in their communities. Inventive: Take advantage of existing community resources. Education Encourage: Help everyone living with dementia to learn and grow. Enlighten: Inform individual & community partners in positive new ways about dementia and its acceptance in the community. Additional criteria for award selection Innovation The Innovation Grants program aims to provide seed funding for designing and implementing an innovative program/activity oriented towards joyful experiences that integrate PLWD in their community. While extending or expanding an existing program is not inadmissible, applicants must demonstrate innovation and adherence to the ISH principles in their funding request. Innovation includes entirely new program approaches, major shifts in delivering programs already in practice, combining programs in innovative ways as well as adherence to the I’m Still Here principles. Outreach and Community The Innovation Grants program favors activities that use community resources to engage persons living with dementia and their care partners, wherever they reside. Outreach to underserved individuals and communities are particularly welcome. We also welcome programs that reduce the stigma associated with dementia. Sustainability and Replication Successful submissions to the Innovation Grants program make provision for program sustainability and replicability. Previous grantees will be asked to share their experiences in ways that may inspire other innovators in other communities. Outcomes and Evaluation I’m Still Here is committed to collecting feedback on each funded project. We ask applicants to commit to relaying information about their project, providing numerical information and stories about the impact on those who participate. Please note that stories and videos may be posted on the ISH website to demonstrate the value of ISH funded programs. Additional information Award winners are expected to: Sign an agreement with ISH, stating funding conditions, deliverables, and timelines. Produce a formal Press Release prior to receiving ISH funds. Share their photos, quotes and stories with releases, for posting on the ISH website, Meet quarterly with an ISH Board member for status updates and information exchange. Submit a final report at the end of the funded year. Dates and Timeline Deadline for Letters of Inquiry 1 February 2023 Deadline for Final Grant submission 10 March 2023 Notification of awards 15 April 2023 Deadline for signed grant agreements 1 May 2023 Award funds disbursed 1 June 2023 Final report due 30 May 2024 I’m Still Here Board members and staff are available to respond to questions. We look forward to working with all our grantees as we all work to enhance the lives of those living with dementia and their care partners. We applaud all of your efforts and look forward to hearing from you! 10_15_22
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