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.
Our Response to COVID-19
In response to these unprecedented times and the growing impact the Coronavirus has had on the most vulnerable, the van Ameringen Foundation (vAF) Board has increased our 2021 grants budget. Mental health needs remain the central focus of our grantmaking. However, this extraordinary year has led the Board to continue to be flexible, and to devote a significant portion of this year’s new Grants Budget to address immediate needs created by this Pandemic.
In an effort to move more resources sooner, the vAF moved our Spring Grant Cycle and Board Meeting from June to March 2021. We will be posting those March 2021 and COVID-19 relief grants soon.
The November 2021 Grant Cycle is now underway. Applicants may submit a Letter of Inquiry on vAF’s grants portal by visiting this link. The deadline for submitting an LOI for the November 2021 Grant Cycle is June 26, 2021. You can also visit vAF’s Apply for a Grant page for full updates about our 2021 grantmaking plans.
More than a year into the outbreak of COVID-19, vAF remains deeply grateful for the heroic efforts and performance of the Foundation’s grantee partners. With grace and competence, organization after organization quickly adapted to remote service provision, all the while keeping essential facilities open to provide critical mental health, safety, healing, housing, education, employment and other services to those most at risk of or managing a significant mental illness. On the advocacy front, our grantee partners have won groundbreaking reforms to decriminalize mental illness, enhance kids mental health, and protect State funding for mental health and substance use treatment. We’re so thankful for their heroic efforts, and we remain deeply committed to supporting them going forward.
With tremendous concern and caring,
Ken Kind, President
Hugh Hogan, Executive Director
On behalf of the van Ameringen Foundation Board of Directors and Staff