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Mental Health and AIDS Program Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Mental Health and Aids
Programs that Benefit Disadvantaged Communities

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Ittleson Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/01/20 Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for activities in the areas of Mental Health and AIDS. Funding is intended to support innovative programs, and demonstration, model, and pilot projects, that meet the needs of disadvantaged communities. Funded projects will provide information, assistance, preventive measures, and treatment services to benefit underprivileged and at-risk residents.

The Foundation annually alternates its new grantmaking between its Mental Health, AIDS and Environmental program areas. In 2020, the Foundation will be making new grants in the Mental Health and AIDS program area.

Mental Health

In addition to a historic commitment to addressing the needs of underserved populations, the Ittleson Foundation is particularly interested in innovative, pilot, model and demonstration projects that are:

  • Fighting the stigma associated with mental illness and working to change the public’s negative perception of people who have mental illness
  • Utilizing new knowledge and current technological advances to improve programs and services for people who have mental illness
  • Bringing the full benefits of this new knowledge and technology to those who presently do not have access to them
  • Advancing preventative mental health efforts, especially those targeted to youth and adolescents, with a special focus on strategies that involve parents, teachers, and others in close contact with these populations


AIDS remains a significant concern of the Ittleson Foundation, and their commitment to supporting cutting-edge prevention efforts remains strong. As in all current areas of interest, innovative initiatives that involve more than one program area are encouraged. The Foundation is particularly interested in new model, pilot, and demonstration efforts:

  • Addressing the needs of underserved at-risk populations and especially those programs recognizing the overlap between such programs
  • Responding to the challenges facing community-based AIDS service organizations and those organizations addressing systemic change
  • Providing meaningful school-based sex education
  • Making treatment information accessible, available and easily understandable to those in need of it
  • Addressing the psycho-social needs of those infected and affected by AIDS, especially adolescents 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145380

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation recognizes not-for-profit organizations and provides funds for new initiatives and model projects.

Please note that the Foundation does not generally provide funds for:

- Capital building projects
- Endowments
- Grants to individuals
- Scholarships or internships (except as part of a program)
- Direct service programs, especially when outside New York City
- Projects that are local in focus and unlikely to be replicated
- Continuing or general support
- Projects and organizations that are international in scope or purpose
- Biomedical research

Pre-Application Information:

Grants will be made at the Fall meeting. Initial letters of inquiry must be received before September 1, 2020.

To apply, send a brief letter to the Executive Director describing the organization and the work for which funds are being sought, along with a budget and evidence of tax-exempt status. If the activity falls within the current scope of the Foundation’s interests, the applicant will be asked to supply additional information as required.

Should the Foundation decline to support a proposal, applicants are asked to wait at least one year before reapplying for any purpose.

About the Foundation's grantmaking in the Mental Health program area:

About the Foundation's grantmaking in the AIDS program area:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please address inquiries to:

Anthony C. Wood, Executive Director
Ittleson Foundation, Inc.
15 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 794-2008

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