Grant Guidelines

OVERVIEW
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Within its broad focus on mental health, the Foundation encourages innovative and practical grant proposals in areas which:

>>> increase the accessibility of mental health services to people and communities with limited financial means and opportunities;

>>> offer preventive and early-intervention strategies;

>>> advocate for systemic change with local or national impact.

 

 

GRANT PROCESS & ELIGIBILITY
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The van Ameringen Foundation provides grants exclusively in the five boroughs of New York City and within the city limits of Philadelphia, as well as advocacy support at the national level.

 

Before requesting further support, grantees are asked to wait at least one year after submitting a final report.

 

To apply for a grant, you must take a short eligibility quiz. If you qualify to apply, you will need to register on our application portal and begin the grants application process by submitting a letter of inquiry.



 

GRANT TYPES
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The van Ameringen Foundation provides general support and project specific grants in two overall categories:

 

DIRECT SERVICE GRANTS

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The Foundation funds programs and projects that provide a direct service, such as case management, assessment, counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric care, training, or jobs, housing, and other supports to people and communities confronting significant mental illness.

NON-DIRECT SERVICE GRANTS

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Advocacy: The Foundation funds strategies that seek to create changes in the law, public policy, or in the perceptions and practices of the public and private sectors responsible for improving mental healthcare, particularly in unserved or underserved communities.

 

Media/Dissemination: The Foundation funds efforts which seek to share research findings, best practices, and knowledge related to improving the mental health safety net and system. This may be in the form of a publication, training, or media project using traditional or new forms of communication.

Training: The Foundation funds activities that provide learning and skill-building opportunities for mental health providers, advocates, people living with mental illness, policymakers, and family or community members who are seeking to deepen their understanding, knowledge, treatment, or social change efforts.

 

GRANT DURATIONS & SIZES
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DIRECT SERVICE GRANTS

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Duration: Up to three years

Size: Between $25,000 – $75,000 annually

NON-DIRECT SERVICE GRANTS

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Duration: Up to three years

Advocacy Grant Size: Up to $250,000 annually

Media/Dissemination & Training Grant Size: Between $25,000 – $75,000 annually

 

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND

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The Foundation is not active in programs for intellectual disability or physical disability, nor do we make grants directly to individuals. Given our limited resources, the Foundation also is not able to support endowment campaigns, capital projects, annual fund-raising drives, or international activities and institutions.

We are no longer providing grants outside of New York City or Philadelphia.

UPCOMING DEADLINES
 

For the remainder of 2020, the van Ameringen Foundation is broadening its scope to include food relief and other COVID-19 emergency response work, in addition to our regular grantmaking.

For the November 2020 grants cycle, we are suspending the open LOI process to prioritize new grant proposals benefitting communities and neighborhoods hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic in New York City and Philadelphia.

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