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The Alzheimer’s Association Center for Dementia Respite Innovation (CDRI) funds new respite care innovation projects across the country. Over the course of five years, the CDRI will award $20 million in competitive grants to local respite care providers to improve and increase the delivery of person-centered dementia care with a focus on innovation, collaboration, outcomes, accessibility, affordability and sustainability.

About the CDRI
The Administration for Community Living, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the Alzheimer’s Association a $25 million grant to enhance respite services for people living with dementia and their caregivers nationwide. This grant — the largest ever made to the Association — established the CDRI.

The CDRI will award approximately $20 million total (contingent on the availability of federal funds) in competitive grants to local respite care providers with a target of at least 50% awarded to underserved communities. In addition to the grant funding, the CDRI will support grant recipients through online training and technical assistance so respite services are delivered by staff who are knowledgeable (dementia-capable). The CDRI will collect data and study the outcomes of these projects to inform public policy.

Available Opportunities

  • Start-up awards provide the opportunity for an organization or provider not already providing respite services to get involved in respite and implement a small innovative program.
  • Pilot awards provide the opportunity for an organization or provider already providing respite to enhance a program or add innovation to an existing/new program.
  • Continuation awards provide the opportunity to enhance a program further or explore a related respite component after the successful completion of a Start-up or Pilot award.

Who is eligible for a CDRI grant
Local organizations or providers interested in providing dementia-related respite services to underserved communities are encouraged to apply. This may include domestic public or private for-profit or non-profit entities, such as state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals and higher education institutions.

Learn more about the CDRI grant program’s objectives, eligibility, submission and review process in the RFA.

CDRI grant application details

  • RFA Release Date: March 1, 2024
  • Optional Letter of Intent – Due Date: March 21, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Application Due Date: June 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Award Notification Date: July 1, 2024
  • Participation Period: August 1, 2024 through July 31, 2025, with the opportunity to reapply for a continuation award for an additional year of funding.
  • Requirements: Awarded providers or organizations must contribute a match of 25%, including 2.5% in indirect costs. These costs can include time and effort, volunteer hours, supplies and materials.

CDRI Information and Support Webinar
Learn about the key goals of the CDRI project, such as how to develop innovative and cost-effective respite services. Topics will also include CDRI grant application requirements and criteria. The webinar will he held on March 14, 2024, at 1 p.m. ET. Registration is required.

For more information
To learn more about the CDRI and grant application process, view our Frequently Asked Questions. Email any additional questions to