Tennessee Federation for the Aging Launches Memory Café Grant Program
The Tennessee Federation for the Aging (TFA) in partnership with Amerigroup Tennessee has established a new grant program for local community organizations to offer services to individuals with dementia and their caregivers. A locally operated Memory Café can provide regular, enjoyable social interaction with others in similar circumstances. The Café provides a safe, welcoming environment on a drop-in basis that involves appropriate activities, conversations, education/information and fellowship.
During the COVID pandemic time period many Memory Café groups hold meetings virtually using various online platforms. As social distance restrictions begin to loosen for community gatherings, some local Memory Café activities may again explore in-person activities.
Non-profit community-based organizations eligible to apply for TFA Memory Café Grants include, but are not limited to, churches; senior centers; public libraries; Councils on Aging; adult education programs; organized community groups; and charitable social organizations. Host organizations receiving TFA Memory Café Grants must agree to publicize and open their Memory Café gatherings to any local interested community members, regardless of membership in their organization.
TFA Memory Café Grants provide up to $8,000 for a renewable one-year term to offer two Memory Café activities per month. The maximum term for a grant is three years. A typical gathering could be 5-15 persons depending on the host organization capabilities. Grantee organizations will receive startup technical assistance from TFA and Amerigroup Tennessee.
Please find the TFA Memory Care Guidelines and Application below. For more information and grant materials email email@example.com.