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Alkermes Inspiration Grants® 2021 


 


2021 Program Overview


Alkermes is currently accepting applications for its Alkermes Inspiration Grants® program. Now in its fifth year, this competitive grants program will provide up to a total of $500,000 in grants to assist nonprofit organizations in their work to address the needs of people living with addiction, serious mental illness or cancer. This program will prioritize funding for proposals that are designed to address the needs of historically under-resourced or underrepresented communities. 

To be considered for funding, applications must be completed and submitted by 6 p.m. ET on June 17, 2021.

Learn about previous grant recipients

 

Who May Apply

Only 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in the U.S. that are not engaged in the practice of healthcare may apply for Alkermes Inspiration Grants funding. 

Exclusion Criteria


Any program engaged in the treatment of a medical condition will not be considered. Programs that reference Alkermes products or product candidates, or seek to measure the impacts of Alkermes products, are not eligible for funding through this program. In addition, the following organizations are not eligible to receive funding through this program:

  • Healthcare organizations, treatment facilities and individual healthcare professionals/ private practices 
  • Foundations or charities controlled by healthcare providers or their private practices
  • Individuals/patients/caregivers
  • Labor unions/trade associations
  • Political/lobbying groups
  • Religious organizations
  • Fraternal, service or veterans’ organizations

Areas of Interest

Applicants are encouraged to be creative and innovative in proposing new programs - or significant expansions and improvements to existing programs - that are designed to address challenges for people living with addiction, serious mental illness or cancer and promote health equity for diverse communities.  The following examples describe some, but not all, areas of interest:

  • Improving or enhancing support or resources (e.g., helplines, mobile outreach) to address needs of people living with addiction, serious mental illness and/or cancer 
  • Innovative efforts to meet educational needs of patients, their families and caregivers in historically under-resourced or underrepresented communities
  • Education and/or support to help people living with addiction and/or serious mental illness return to work and/or return to life from criminal justice settings 

Information for Applicants

How to Apply

Applications and all required documentation must be submitted via the online Request Management System.

  • Proceed to the login page and log in using existing credentials or click ‘Register for New Account’ 
  • Click on ‘Start New’ and select ‘Alkermes Inspiration Grants’ application type. Requests submitted under any other category or via another section of the Request Management System will not be considered.
Organizations may apply for varying funding amounts, but the requested amount must not exceed $500,000. 


The program is limited to one application per organization. Multiple submissions are not permitted. We advise organizations to submit one program of the highest priority for consideration.    

Upon submission, each applicant will receive an auto-generated email confirming our receipt of their proposal. If this email was not received, Alkermes did not receive the submission.

Required Documents

1. Proposal (up to 4 pages) containing: 

  • Program title
  • Program summary (1 paragraph/up to 150 words)
  • Outline of clearly defined needs, objectives, activity format, mode of delivery and intended audience. Must include how the proposed program is relevant for people living with addiction, serious mental illness or cancer and to historically under-resourced or underrepresented communities.
  • Implementation timeline with key milestones
  • Metrics – quantitative and/or qualitative measures that will demonstrate impact of the proposed program

2. Detailed budget for the proposed program (see sample)

3. IRS Tax Status Letter showing proof of 501(c)(3) status 

4. W-9 form as revised by IRS in October 2018 

Note: Additional materials should not be uploaded as they will not be considered during the review. 






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Grant Evaluation and Decision Criteria

Proposals will be based on the following criteria:

  • Focus on people living with addiction, serious mental illness or cancer
  • Clearly defined needs, objectives, activity format, mode of delivery and intended audience
  • Relevance to historically under-resourced or underrepresented communities
  • The organization’s ability to execute the proposed program
  • Uniqueness and creativity of the proposed program/solution
  • Preference will be given to programs with national reach within the U.S. Broad regional programs in geographic areas with historically under-resourced or underrepresented communities will also be prioritized for funding.
  • Application is complete and was submitted within the specified time frame

Key Dates

Please note these important dates for the 2021 Alkermes Inspiration Grants program.


Application Portal Opens 



May 20, 2021 at 9 a.m. ET

Application Portal Closes



June 17, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET

Grant Recipients Announced


July 2021

Progress Reports 


Required at 6 months and 
12 months post-funding
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Additional Information

To ensure a fair and competitive review process, no individualized guidance or feedback on eligibility, topics and/or programs will be provided. Technical questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Alkermes Inspiration Grants team.


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ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® is a registered service mark of Alkermes, Inc.  The ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS logo is a service mark of Alkermes, Inc.