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Our Mission

June 28, 2022

Deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry for the November 2022 Grant Cycle.


July 26, 2024

Deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry for the November 2024 Grant Cycle.

August 20, 2024

Proposals to be invited for the November 2024 Grant Cycle.

September 9, 2024

Deadline to submit invited proposal for the November 2024 Grant Cycle. 






The van Ameringen Foundation funds innovative and practical programs for early intervention, advocacy and increased accessibility of mental health services for people and communities with limited financial means and opportunities.

A Message from
the van Ameringen Foundation:


The van Ameringen Foundation (vAF) Salutes our Grantee Partners and Invites Innovative Proposals for 2024. 


The van Ameringen Foundation Board salutes all our Grantees and the hundreds of dedicated frontline staff, culturally competent therapists, and public interest directors, counsel and grassroots organizers who have worked tirelessly, often for far less compensation than they deserve, to make an impact on the delivery of high quality mental health services to those in need.  In 2024, vAF will again support direct service models and advocacy efforts, primarily in Philadelphia and New York City, to bring about parity in the availability of affordable, culturally competent, trauma informed mental health services for traditionally underserved populations.


In 2024, the vAF Board welcomes LOI’s that propose new and innovative approaches, as well as continued support for people and programs that have proven to make a difference. The mental health issues confronting Philadelphia and New York City are daunting, and we are actively seeking grantee partners who are proposing both small and large solutions. Children’s mental health care, particularly school based; culturally competent mental health services for traditionally underserved populations; wraparound mental health care in supportive housing programs; harm reduction models and substance use treatment for dual diagnosed individuals; and trauma informed care for low-income communities affected by the challenges of persistent poverty and gun violence are particular areas of interest.


vAF remains humbled by the grit, competence, and innovation our grantee partners have exhibited in meeting the growing and changing demands this difficult time presents to the communities they so ably serve. We appreciate your patience with our process and welcome your feedback regarding how we might both help you navigate our application process and expedite the delivery of your service, so that together we can generate increased access to high-quality mental health care in Philadelphia and New York City.


With best wishes for a healthy 2024,


Ken Kind, Board President

Marsha Cohen, Executive Director


On behalf of the van Ameringen Board of Directors and Staff

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