Contact: ED@imstillhere.org    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
T
he Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program seeks, supports, and sponsors authentically engaging community programs and activities exemplifying the I’m Still Here
Principles
Innovation Grants the ISH Foundation has supported and intends to support through this RFP reflect truly innovative engagement programs that employ arts, culture, animals,
music, community activities, physical exercise, intergenerational programs, and other activities that help people living with dementia (PLWD) flourish and feel fulfilled.
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 welcome programs that reduce the community stigma often faced by those living with dementia.
The Innovation Grants Program will work with grantees to gather data on program success to add to the growing evidence base demonstrating the positive outcomes
associated with nonpharmacological programs for people living with dementia.
Basic grant award guidelines:
Nonpharmacologic program.
One year of programming
Up to $10,000.
Reflects the I’m Still Here Principles
Meets the defined Assessment Criteria
GRANTS PROCESS
Two Stage Proposal and funding process
Stage One: Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) generally describing the proposed program.  The criteria described below will be applied in reviewing the LOI.
Stage Two: A subset of proposers will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
Maximum two pages
Basic information about the proposing organization.
A brief overview of the proposed program for persons living with dementia and their care partners.
The amount of financing being requested from I’m Still Here.
Brief Statement of how these funds will be used.
Describe how the proposed program:
Will innovate and be innovative.
Will authentically engage persons living with dementia.
Meets the I’m Still Here Principles,
Aims at underserved populations (if possible), and
Suggest measurable success outcomes.
Full Proposal
Maximum four pages
The full proposal covers the same topics as the LOI in greater detail.
Description of why the proposing organization is well suited to manage the program.
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The capabilities of the individuals who will be involved in the program
More detail about the intended audience of the program
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Underserved populations, if relevant
Detail about how the program emphasizes three major elements described below:
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Innovation
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Authentic engagement
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I’m Still Here Principles
A more explicit budget, and Data gathering approaches for both quantitative and qualitative program feedback.
How your proposed program be identified and labeled as a separate I’m Still Here funded program.
If you want additional information please email us at:
ProgramManager@imstillhere.org
Proposal Assessment Criteria
How Innovative is the program
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By innovative we mean one of the following: a totally new program that has never been done before; a program or service provided in a unique new
way; a program or service that engages persons living with dementia in ways not previously used; a program designed specifically to engage a new group of
users – cultural, underserved, geographical.  Although not preferred, we will consider a traditional program (for example an arts program) delivered in a new
How much does the program reflect Authentic Engagement (AE)
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Authentic engagement programs provide meaning and purpose to persons living with dementia.  AE programs draw intense attention of participants,
no matter participants’ cognitive ability.
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In AE Programs, there is no need to assess what a participant might have lost or what is “still there”, nor a need to measure such changes.  Program
success of AE programs is measured in terms of how present the person is to her or his surroundings – how authentically engaged.  How much he or she
might have lost since the last time their mental capacity was measured is of less interest than the degree to which the person is present.  In turn, presence is
related to how authentically meaningful an event is to a person’s life, to that person – at that moment.
How does the proposed program reflect each I’m Still Here Principle
The more faithful proposed programs are to each of the following principles, and to all taken together, the greater chance it has of being selected for funding.
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Principles 1,2, & 3 describe the person the programs are intended to engage and the level of engagement aimed at
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Principles 4,5, & 6 describe ways participants need to be treated in the program.
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Principle 7 specifies that funded programs need to improve relationships to care partners.
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Principles 8, 9,& 10 uncover how the community needs to be included in engagement opportunities.
The Foundation’s Project Coordinator will assist the program, once funded, in meeting these Principle goals.
What outcomes and possible assessment approaches are expected
I’m Still Here is committed to creating a collective nonpharmacologic dementia programs evidence base for programs we fund, through collecting data and feedback on each
project.  Are expected to gather qualitative feedback and outcomes data, making these available to ISH in the final report.
What do you see as your proposed program’s measurable impacts and outcomes – such as emotional or attitudinal changes, improved mood or focus, health outcomes,
symptomatic changes.
How might you measure these impacts quantitatively.  If you can, please identify tools you might use to collect basic quantitative data on activities, participation, and
duration.  Do not be concerned if you do not have such tools available; the I’m Still Here team will assist you with this task.
How might you gather qualitative information about your program’s impact – such as descriptions, participants’ comments, and behavioral indicators.
Do not be concerned with becoming social science researchers, the ISH Research Group will assist and advise on outcomes measurement.
Background for Proposals
The more detailed is the 12-month schedule for your proposed program, the better.
The project budget, in a simple budget table, needs to communicate how you intend to spend the funds you receive from the I’m Still Here foundation.
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Please focus on expenses and real salary costs. Include time allocated to the project to gather and report on impact and outcomes.
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In addition to these costs, the Foundation intends to contribute time of our Program Coordinator to assist in achieving project and Foundation goals.
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Do not apply for more than the $10,000 limit of this grant program.
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Do not apply for funding to augment another grant you already have or are applying for.  For example, if the project requires $60,000, please do not
apply for a grant for $10,000 to make up the total grant requirement.
The more the target audience group for the program is defined, the better, including:
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PLWD, family members, care partners, professionals
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Numbers in each of these groups expected to participate in and benefit from the proposed program.
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Underserved groups that are targeted to participate.
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Diversity of participants
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Audience needs the program is intended to meet.
•Sustainability and Replicability: While sustainability is not a critical selection criterion for funding, please describe your thinking regarding sustainability and replicability of the
Innovation Grants program you propose. As part of the final report, grantees are requested to share their experiences in ways that may inspire other innovators in other
communities.
Award winners are expected to:
Sign a contract agreement with ISH, stating funding conditions, deliverables, and timelines.
Produce a formal Press Release and Social Media posting prior to receiving ISH funds.
Meet virtually each quarter with the ISH Program Manager to problem solve, provide status updates, and information exchange.
Share their photos, quotes, and stories with releases, for posting on the ISH website.
Gather and submit agreed-to outcomes data to serve as an evidence base for programs.
Submit a final report at the end of the funded year.
Include in the final report a description of their process and program to be included in a “Guidebook” format for others who would like to replicate the program  in
another setting.
Dates and Timeline
RFP publicized
1 February
Deadline for Letters of Inquiry
20 February
Deadline for final grant application:
20 March
Notification of awards:
15 April
Grant agreements sent to award winners:
1 May
Award funds disbursed
1 June
Final report due
30 May 2024
I’m Still Here Board members and staff are available to respond to your 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 !!
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
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