Grants Help Improve Mental Health, Aid Youth

Private Funder: American Psychiatric Foundation; Opportunity: Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health Education Grant program; Funding Focus: Mental health; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; Funding: Up to 30 awards of $2,000 each; Deadline: TBA, the program is to open later this year; last year’s deadline was April 22.

Summary: Funding helps projects that assist high school students with mental health problems. Grants can support a wide variety of public education activities in this arena. The foundation seeks to fund new and innovative ideas and programs that promote public awareness of mental illness, the effectiveness of treatment and the importance of early intervention. Applicants need not be mental health organizations. Funding details: For implementation in two to four high schools, grants will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. For implementation in five or more high schools, grants in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded.

Other Grants

The foundation’s Helping Hands Grant Program ( provides grants to medical schools to support mental health service projects created and managed by medical students, particularly in underserved minority communities. The program was established to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities, raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness. Student projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities. That competition runs on a different funding track.

Info: (NOFA);, email Crystal Rucker at, or 703/907-8512.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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