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Dementia Arts Impact Award Application Guidelines

The Dementia Spring Foundation supports artists, art organizations, and cultural institutions in their work with the dementia community. We are raising awareness and improving access to therapeutic activities that benefit people with memory loss. Representative art forms have potential benefits to offer people with dementia which include cognitive, emotional, and social outcomes. The arts also foster dignity, autonomy, reciprocity, lack of stigma and social integration.

Applications for the Dementia Arts Impact Award will be reviewed by a panel that will evaluate each application based on the quality of the proposal, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project within the proposed budget and timeline, and the alignment of the project to the stated goals of the foundation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and there will be no extensions of the proposal deadline.

Award Details:

Awardees will work with top experts in the dementia field with an aim to break new ground, artistically and clinically. Each awardee:

  • Receives a grant of up to $10,000 to advance their work.
  • Helps build the Dementia Arts community through a cohort of artists and expert clinicians in the dementia field
  • Receives one-on-one mentorship on working within the dementia community
  • Receives marketing technical support including a professionally produced video and expert social media collaboration


Artists within the dementia community, working in the visual arts (painting, coloring, sculpting, film), music (listening to, singing, and playing music) drama/movement (acting, storytelling, dance, choreography, and expressive movement), songwriting, and poetry (writing and reading of poetry). Applications for fiction or nonfiction/memoir writing projects will not be considered.

Instructions for Grant Application Form:

  1. Complete the application form and budget
  2. Write a statement explaining your project (500 words max). Please include a brief summary of your artistic experience, a description of how your project relates to the field of dementia, and any notes about your project budget (such as how the funds will be used).
  3. Resume or curriculum vitae no longer than three pages
  4. Work samples via digital format
  5. IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (optional, arts organizations only)