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The Bob & Diane Fund Announces $5K Grant Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

16 August 2016

As a daughter of Alzheimer's, I believe that visual storytelling can be a powerful way to advocate for the increased public and private research and spending needed to find a cure." With those words Gina Martin, founder of the Bob and Diane Fund has announced a $5,000 grant for visual storytellers in the disciplines of still photography, video and multimedia for "stories about Alzheimer's Disease or dementia."

Martin, who is personally funding the grant, says on the Fund's site, "My hope is for people to understand that Alzheimer's is more than just memory loss and to recognize the heavy toll it takes on the caregiver and family. My parents taught me the importance of giving, and this is my gift to them."


The Fund, established by their daughter Gina, honors Bob and Diane Martin, high school sweethearts who were married for over 49 years. Diane was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 65 and passed away five years later. Bob, who was Diane's caregiver, died three months later.

The Fund's site notes:

Though they left a void in the hearts of their family and the many people whose lives they touched, their true love and dedication to one another continues to inspire. The Fund is in honor of their memory and as a tribute to their generosity and genuine compassion for others.


To be considered, an application must be uploaded as a single ZIP file to the organization's Dropbox folder that includes:

  • A 500-750 word essay in English describing the project, why this work is important to you and how you see the grant helping you complete the project.
  • 15-25 images (black-and-white or color) or 2-3 min trailer for multimedia
  • Your bio and/or CV in English as PDF not to exceed 2 pages.

Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 15 at the site. There is no entry fee.


Submissions will be judged by:

  • Sarah Leen, director of photography, National Geographic
  • Chip Somodevilla, senior photographer, Getty Images News
  • MaryAnne Golon, AME/director of photography, Washington Post

The winner will be announced in mid-November (National Caregiver's Month) and the grant awarded within two weeks of the announcement.

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