Alkermes Inspiration Grants® COVID-19 Relief Fund

Funding Impactful Programs that Address Patient Needs in Our Areas of Focus

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About the Alkermes COVID-19 Relief Fund

Alkermes recognizes the significant and critical challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on the communities central to our mission, including people living with addiction, serious mental illness or a cancer diagnosis. To address urgent COVID-19-related needs in the communities we serve, Alkermes activated a special edition of its signature program, Alkermes Inspiration Grants.

Alkermes will award a total of up to $500,000 in grants in 2020 to support innovative and impactful programs designed to address acute and long-term challenges that patients, caregivers and family members face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic across the United States. The application period ended 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Awarded programs will be notified in June and funding will be distributed by June 30, 2020. Program must commence on or by July 1, 2020.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund application period is currently CLOSED, and the program is no longer accepting applications.

Who May Apply

501(c)(3) charitable organizations in the U.S. not engaged in the practice of healthcare may apply.

Grant Categories

We encouraged applicants to be creative and innovative in proposing programs to address COVID-19-related needs. The list below provides a few examples of program areas that would be eligible for funding, but it should be noted that it does not include all possible categories of programming.

  • Improving or enhancing support or resources to address needs of people living with addiction, serious mental illness and/or a cancer diagnosis
  • Digital tools and/or platforms to meet immediate and long-term educational needs of patients, their families and caregivers virtually
  • New disease-state education campaigns focused on the challenges facing patients, caregivers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., dealing with stress, avoiding relapse, tips for immunocompromised oncology patients)
  • Expansion/enhancement of helplines (e.g., training, staffing) to address questions and concerns about resources and managing illness/addiction in relation to COVID-19
  • Education and/or support on how to access needed wrap-around services (e.g., housing, training) to help people living with serious mental illness and/or in recovery from substance use disorders return to work and/or return to life from criminal justice settings
  • Other innovative programs to address the unmet needs of these patient communities

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

Evaluation/Decision Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Focus on people living with mental illness, substance use disorders and/or a cancer diagnosis
  • Clearly defined needs, objectives, activity format, mode of delivery and intended audience
  • Relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Ability to implement in a rapid time frame with sustained impact beyond the immediate crisis
  • 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 disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will also be prioritized for funding.
  • Application is complete and was submitted within the specified time frame (by 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, May 20, 2020)


To ensure a fair and competitive review process, no individualized guidance or feedback on eligibility, topics and/or programs will be provided. Only technical questions regarding your application should be directed to

About Alkermes Inspiration Grants

Since 2016, Alkermes Inspiration Grants has awarded $3 million in funding to innovative programs that support the comprehensive needs of those most impacted by serious diseases in our areas of focus. Historically, applicants and grant program recipients have included a broad variety of organizations, from large advocacy groups and academic institutions to small grass roots organizations in rural communities – all working to make a difference. The large volume of high-quality applications demonstrates the necessity for funding to support impactful, community-based programs. Alkermes thanks all organizations that applied for the important work they are doing in communities across the country.

To learn about past Alkermes Inspiration Grants recipients, click here.

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