Competitive Grants-Medical Research

The 2024 cycle runs from August 13 – September 10, 2024.

The Community Foundation for Brevard uses a competitive grant process to award medical research grants from the Kenneth R. Finken and Dorothy Hallam Finken endowment fund and Frank R. Leslie endowment fund. The overall goal of the program is to support research in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other pervasive diseases. Since the program’s inception in 2008, the Foundation has granted $997,047 to further advancements in medical research.

Generally, the program focus alternates each year between cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. In 2024, the program will focus exclusively on Alzheimer’s disease research. Applications are reviewed and award recommendations are made by the Community Foundation’s Medical Research Advisory Committee. Funds are awarded through one grantmaking round.

At least 1 award up to $100,000 is expected to be available for the 2024 cycle.

PLEASE NOTE: The Community Foundation is not currently funding basic bench/science research projects.


The program’s 2024 priority is Alzheimer’s disease with the following equally important areas of focus:

  • Social/behavioral interventions- Solving daily life issues experienced by Alzheimer’s disease patients from diagnosis and beyond
  • Social/behavioral interventions- Delivery of care in support of family caregivers
  • Public health education and awareness- Prevention, screening, or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, particularly among underserved populations and/or underrepresented communities
  • Clinical education/evidence-based guidance – For healthcare professionals for all stages of Alzheimer’s disease care


Preference is given to requests that meet one or more of the following:

  • Expand successful evidence-based pilot programs to Brevard County
  • Demonstrate a collaborative effort with a focus on serving Brevard County residents
  • Collaborate with Brevard County entities engaged in the prevention, treatment, or care of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Align, with a focus on Brevard County, with one of the following areas in the Florida Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s disease Disease Research Program, FOA FY 2023-2024:
    • Focus Area 1.1 Behavioral
    • Focus Area 1.2 Social
      • 2.1 Resources, 1.2.2 Education, 1.2.3 Novel Challenges
    • Focus Area 1.3 Palliative and End-of-Life Care
      • 3.1 Advance Care Planning, 1.3.2 Multimorbidity, 1.3.3 Palliative Care


The Request for Proposals will be released in June 2024. 
Application Period: August 13 – September 10, 2024

Grant awards will be announced by November 1, 2024. 


  • Please be sure to download the 2024 Request for Proposals to learn about the application requirements, restrictions, and the files required to be provided with your application.
  • Applications and required attachments will only be accepted online. Portal information is provided in the Request for Proposals.
  • Application is by invitation only.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Sewell, Director of Philanthropy, at:

Thank you for your interest!