Dorothy D. Rupe Family Caregiver Grant Opportunity

The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry from California-based nonprofit organizations for projects designed to provide education, skills training, and/or respite for family caregivers. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

The foundation is particularly interested in supporting innovative, cost-effective projects that will help sustain and relieve caregivers providing home care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Projects should fill a gap in existing caregiver services and supports, and benefit lower- and middle-income families that do not qualify for government assistance.

Grants may be used to initiate or expand a family caregiver support program. Projects of interest include, but are not limited to:

-  Evidence-based interventions

-  Volunteer respite care programs

-  Dementia friendly community programs

-  Web-based and/or video training programs

Please note that the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation does not provide grants for general operations, individuals, fundraising events, conferences, endowments, or capital campaigns.

Program Background
The Dorothy D. Rupe Caregiver Program at the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation was inspired by our founder’s experience with his late wife’s illness, and his difficulty in finding suitably trained, compassionate nursing assistants to care for her in their home. Since 2000, the foundation has provided support to the Dorothy D. Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program at Santa Barbara City College, resulting in the training and certification of approximately 115 professional caregivers annually. In 2012, the foundation broadened its support to CNA/HHA programs throughout the California Community College System. Mindful of the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation now wishes to extend its support to unpaid or family caregivers, who provide most of the long-term care in the U.S.

For a list of grants awarded in 2016, please visit

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or agencies in California are eligible to apply.

How to Apply
Letters of inquiry are accepted online at

First-time applicants will be required to create a new account prior to accessing the online application. After creating an account and logging on, click on Apply, then select the blue button under the header “Project Grants – Letter of Inquiry” to access the LOI form.

LOIs must include the following:

-  An overview of the organization, community, and population served

-  Amount requested and other source(s) of support, if applicable

-  A brief description of the project to be funded and rationale for support

-  Project goals and anticipated outcomes

-  Project timeline and evaluation methods

After submission, the foundation may contact the organization with questions or a request for additional information. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration.

LOIs must be received no later than Monday, August 14 to be considered for funding in 2017. A full proposal application, if requested, would be due on September 22.

For questions, additional information, or technical assistance, please contact Christine Northup, Program Officer, at or (805) 687-8586.