Flexibility: High 

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Where do you want to go? What do you want to experience? If you’re a family caregiver, you may be eligible for a Caregiver Grant from not-for-profit educational travel leader Road Scholar. Road Scholar inspires people to learn, discover and travel, opening minds to new ideas. What all Road Scholar experiences have in common is learning, and unique access to extraordinary people and places. Road Scholar’s world class lectures, exceptional value, convenience and a cohort of lifelong learners await. Road Scholar acknowledges the weighty responsibility carried by all adults who serve as family caregivers for ill or disabled relatives. That’s why they provide Caregiver Grants for learning experiences in the U.S, and Canada.

Amava Take: Road Scholar’s Caregiver Grants provide financial assistance to enable family caregivers age 50 and older to experience enriching learning adventures. The warm, welcoming and friendly nature of their learning adventures provides much-needed respite from the emotional and physical demands of being a caregiver for an ill or disabled relative. Caregiver Grants are designed to provide enriching opportunities for those who serve as family caregivers, which can take both an emotional and financial toll.

From the Front Lines:

How does it work?

The Caregiver Grant is an award of up to $1,500 applied to the cost of a U.S. or Canada-based Road Scholar learning adventure that costs no more than $2000. 

Why is this opportunity well-suited to caregivers?

Participating in a Road Scholar program is a very special experience of learning and community. Road Scholar programs are a wonderful way to feel revitalized, to make new friends and to spark creativity and intellectual curiosity. This unique Road Scholar experience could be especially helpful for caregivers who are experiencing isolation or feelings of depression, stress or anxiety.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Review the itineraries carefully to make sure the program you choose is the right activity level for you. Road Scholar itineraries provide a lot of details so you’ll know ahead of time what to expect.  

From the Trenches:  

How much is the award?

The Caregiver Grant is an award of up to $1,500 applied to the cost of a Road Scholar program. They only ask that you pay the applicable deposit, to ensure your spot on the program.

Can I use the grant for any Road Scholar program?

The grants are available for our programs in the United States and Canada that cost no more than $2,000.

What’s included?

Grant recipients are responsible for their round-trip transportation to and from the program. Road Scholar takes care of everything else: Lodging, meals, field trips, transportation during the program and much more — it’s all included.

Any details about the application process?

Programs with a start date of less than 6 weeks or an enrollment that has already been paid in full are not eligible. The review of an application takes 4-6 weeks once it has been received by the committee; applications are reviewed in the order that they are received and cannot be expedited. Road Scholar recommends that you apply at least 3 months prior to your selected program start date.

Any other  ways I can engage with Road Scholar to learn more?

Just by ordering a catalog before 3/30/20, there’s a chance for Amava Members to win $250 off a Road Scholar trip.

Special Requirements: To receive a caregiver grant you must be an eligible caregiver, which means you are the primary unpaid caregiver providing daily care and support for an ill or disabled family member (spouse, parent, adult child, partner or sibling). Your loved one may also be receiving home care, hospice, visiting nurse, LPN services, or comparable and related services. Your loved one may be in adult day care, memory care, a nursing home or comparable or related facility. You are also eligible if you have lost a loved one within the past two years who was in any of the above situations. You must live in the United States and be 50 years of age or older. To receive a grant you may not have taken a Road Scholar program in the last two years.

Setting it Up: The downloadable application form is simple and straightforward. When asked how you heard about Road Scholar please indicate that you are an Amava Member. If you need any help crafting or editing your Personal Statement or you have any other questions, reach out to us at editor@amava.com. If you want to hold it all in your hands, order a catalog before 3/30/20 and be entered to win $250 off any Road Scholar trip.