Mental Health Funding Available to Help with Challenges

Mental health support and funding must be available to help with the challenges so many people face today. Starting a conversation about mental health can be awkward but it’s important to move past that hesitance to offer your support. When someone you know is struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, or other mental health concerns, the most important thing you can do is to be there. Lend an ear, offer empathy, and be a part of their support network. Indeed, everyone has a part to play. Accordingly, GrantWatch has a keen interest in listing grants to provide mental health funding. In fact, there are close to 500 grant opportunities in the Mental Health category listed in the directory.

What is a Mental Illness?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), over one in five adults living with a mental illness, totaling approximately 57.8 million individuals in 2021. Those grappling with mental health issues could be your family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, or coworkers. Sadly, only half of those affected seek treatment, often due to the stigma surrounding mental health. Left untreated, mental illnesses can lead to increased medical expenses, diminished performance in schools and workplaces, reduced job opportunities, and a heightened risk of self-harm. Let’s work together to change those statistics.

Is There Help Available?

Spread the word; help is available. Offering help to loved ones is as easy as spending time, engaging in a favorite pastime, or having a chat. Good mental health is important for everyone. Therefore, if challenges arise, there are more resources to consider:

GrantWatch has provided the list below of a select number of grants that are currently available for Mental Health funding.

Mental Health Funding Grants and Fellowships

  1. Grants and fellowships to researchers at nonprofits and institutions for projects that explore and increase the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. Funding is to accelerate understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Funding also for innovative approaches to better diagnose, prevent, or delay the progress of the disease.
  2. Grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs and projects to benefit children in eligible communities. 
  3. In addition, grants of up to $5,000 to investigators for research projects on the efficacy of mental health interventions. The program supports quantitative or qualitative clinical research reviews and meta-analyses about group psychotherapy.
  4. Grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofits and local, state, and tribal organizations for community health programs. Funding supports programs in the following focus areas: health worker burnout, social connection, health misinformation, workplace well-being, and youth mental health. Grants provide funding to initiate or expand related projects. Projects or programs must have a strong disease and/or injury prevention component. The goal is to positively impact the health of a community by promoting wellness, early detection, and early interventions.
  5. Also grants of up to $30,000 to nonprofits, including schools and agencies, for educational research, programs, and services related to improving mental health. Funding is for innovative activities and projects that promote the science of interpersonal relationships. In addition, the funding source is offering up to $45,000 for projects providing important reliability and validity for the Foundation.
  6. Grants to academic investigators for studies on suicide/suicide prevention. Priority to proposals addressing diversity and the evaluation of technological tools for suicide prevention. Additionally, the funding source has a strong interest in research-related suicide loss.

Additional Grants and Fellowships for Mental Health Funding

  1. There are fellowships of $25,000 for graduate students affiliated with eligible research institutions for child psychology research projects. Eligible applicants have completed their doctoral candidacy, have a proven record of research success, and have demonstrated dedication to the field of child psychology.
  2. Grants of up to $5,000 to visual and media artists and choreographers for urgent and unanticipated health care needs. Funding is to offset the financial impact of mental and physical health emergencies. Funds are to be used to cover expenses such as hospital and doctor bills, tests, rehabilitation therapies, prescription drugs, and emergency dental work.
  3. Also grants to early-career researchers affiliated with medical and research centers for research projects focused on serious mental illness. Funding is for clinical, preclinical, epidemiological, and translational research on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
  4. Finally, grants to nonprofits, government agencies, Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), and for-profit organizations for health and mental health-related research projects. Project areas of interest include individuals from diverse groups or with disabilities. Areas of interest also include individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, or with serious housing insecurity (including the homeless).

We hope you’ll find a grant opportunity you can use to help make a positive impact in the efforts to address mental health challenges.

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