In the U.S., mental health funding has suffered some significant blows. The unfortunate result is that many individuals suffering from mental illness fall through the health care gaps. But we aren’t here to palaver over the state of mental health care in the country. We’re here to help organizations that need mental healthcare grants find much-needed funds.

We are closely tracking what mental health funders are doing and our learning is captured in this guide. All the profiles of funders and program officers here are updated regularly.  

MAJOR GIFTS

The IP health team tracks and analyzes major individual gifts for mental health in our Life Savers guide. We look at who's giving, who's getting, what the gifts are for, and how mental health donors are cultivated. READ

FUNDERS

A LITTLE HOPE

Created in the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy, A Little Hope funds programs that address grief and bereavement for children, teens and young adults who have lost a parent, sibling or loved one, regardless of the circumstances of death.

AMERICAN LEGION CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation focuses its grantmaking attention on organizations that are contributing to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of children across the United States.  

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATION

Supports research related to the connection between behavior and health; reducing stigma; understanding and preventing violence; and addressing long-term mental health needs after a disaster has occurred. 

ARCHSTONE FOUNDATION

Archstone's mental health funding specializes in older adults with depression, particularly underserved populations including minorities, older men, poor people, and those with multiple medical problems. 

ASTELLAS USA FOUNDATION

Astellas USA, the pharma company's charitable arm, supports efforts to promote good mental health and well-being. It tends to cultivate long-term partnerships with grantees, but is an approachable funder.

SYDNEY BAER FOUNDATION

Baer focuses its grantmaking on supporting organizations working to provide the quality of direct care for individuals suffering from mental illness with a primary focus on depression and schizophrenia.

BLOWITZ-RIDGEWAY FOUNDATION

The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation focuses its mental health grantmaking on psychiatric, psychological and residential care, and psychology programs. Funding preference is giving to groups located in Illinois.  

BAXTER INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

Baxter is all about increasing access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged and underserved populations in the United States. Baxter funds a diverse set of mental health causes.  

BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Funding goes to individual investigators whose research is aimed at preventing, treating, and possibly curing mental illnesses. 

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB FOUNDATION

This foundation awards grants nationwide to groups working with military vets suffering from mental illness. It also awards grants for legal needs related to mental illness.  

CAMBIA HEALTH FOUNDATION

Cambia focuses its mental health grantmaking on underserved children and families in Oregon, Washington, Utah and Idaho.

CATHAY BANK FOUNDATION

The bank's charitable arm funds mental health programs serving people in states where the bank has a business presence. 

CHRISTOPHER D. SMITHERS FOUNDATION

Smithers focuses its mental health funding on challenges related to alcoholism and substance abuse. 

DALIO FOUNDATION

Dalio recently stepped up its giving and is an active grantmaker in mental health. Its interests include improving mental wellness through meditation, bipolar disorder, and depression research. 

DAMMANN FUND

This funder supports groups that promote independent living for those suffering from mental illness. Grants are restricted to areas in New York, Connecticut and Virginia.

DANIELS FUND

This funder awards grants to support alcoholism and substance abuse programs including treatment and recovery, and prevention efforts.  

DANNY ALBERTS FOUNDATION

The Danny Alberts Foundation supports innovative research toward improving the overall quality of life for people suffering from bipolar disorder. 

MAX AND VICTORIA DREYFUS FOUNDATION

Open to any U.S-based 501(c)(3) organization that can make a compelling case that Dreyfus support can make a big difference for a mental health program.

GROUP FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCING MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH

Supports groups researching the efficacy of psychotherapy for people suffering from mental illness.

CONRAD R. HILTON FOUNDATION

The Hilton Foundation gives mental health and well-being grants through its Homelessness program (in L.A. only), and its Foster Youth and Substance Abuse programs. 

HANLEY FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Hanley Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the prevention, treatment, and education of alcoholism, chemical dependency, and addictive behaviors. 

IRVING HARRIS FOUNDATION

Substantial Chicago-based funder that supports mental health and well-being of infants and young children—including social and emotional development—from birth through age 3. Favors outfits operating in Chicago, but plenty of funding goes beyond the city limits.

THE HEARST FOUNDATIONS

Hearst's mental health support flows toward several health-related issues: professional development, care for elderly, access/quality of care for low-income people, youth and more. Prefers established operations with at least $1 million annual operating budgets.

HILDA AND PRESTON DAVIS FOUNDATION

Davis awards grants to organizations that provide direct services to those suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

HOGG FOUNDATION

With a long history and an endowment that’s grown rapidly in recent years, the HFMH gives to a wide range of mental health programs throughout Texas.

HOPE AND GRACE FUND

A great source of support for community-based organizations that address mental health and well-being of women. 

INTERNATIONAL OCD FOUNDATION

The International OCD Foundation awards research grants toward improving effective treatments, as well as building a better understanding of OCD and related disorders.  

ITTLESON FOUNDATION

Ittleson's grantmaking revolves around eliminating stigmas and stereotypes related to mental illness, improving access to mental healthcare, and preventative mental healthcare.

KLINGENSTEIN THIRD GENERATION FOUNDATION

Klingenstein awards grants to major medical institutions interested in offering postdoctoral fellowship programs for child and adolescent ADHD and depression.

KLARMAN FOUNDATION

Klarman’s mental health grants fund eating disorder research. Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders are the foundation’s current grantmaking priorities. 

ANDREW KUKES FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY

This foundation is squarely focused on social anxiety disorder education and outreach programs, as well as improved treatment, interventions, and access to healthcare for social anxiety disorder.  

LASZLO N. TAUBER FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Tauber Family Foundation's mental health grantmaking zeroes in on advancing education, promoting advocacy, and mental health research.

MARION E. KENWORTHY-SARAH SWIFT FOUNDATION

The Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah Swift Foundation awards grants related to social work, psychiatry, preventative psychiatry, and community mental health, with an emphasis on young people.

MAY AND STANLEY SMITH CHARITABLE TRUST

The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust awards mental health grants to support kids that are currently or formerly in the foster care system and military veterans and their families. 

ROBERT R. MCCORMICK FOUNDATION

McCormick awards mental health grants to veterans having trouble transitioning to civilian life. Although it favors the Chicagoland area in its grantmaking activities, it awards national grants, as well. 

MEDICA FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of Medica Health Plans, a nonprofit HMO, the foundation supports a wide range of mental and behavioral health programs. Grants go to organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and some counties in Wisconsin. 

MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

This foundation focuses its grantmaking on young people, awarding grants to groups fighting for increased access to quality mental healthcare, building a better understanding of mental illness, and reducing stigma.  

MENTAL ILLNESS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

Concentrates its funding on research programs for 12 specific mental illnesses and neuropathic illnesses. MIRA also supports projects combating the stigma around mental illness.   

M.J. MURDOCK CHARITABLE TRUST

Murdock’s grantmaking is relatively broad, focusing on the psychological needs of people across a five-state region. There is a bit of funding favoritism toward programs benefitting young people.

NATIONWIDE INSURANCE FOUNDATION

This foundation gives a lot to groups that provide mental health treatment for troubled and at-risk children, including programs that deal with violence, drug addiction, and sexual misconduct.

O'NEILL FOUNDATION

O’Neill makes grants in support of general mental health projects rather than specific mental illnesses. On occasion, the foundation awards grants to support programs focused on developmental disorders.

POLLINATION PROJECT

Pollination is an approachable funder that offers microgrants to groups worldwide. It supports a broad range of projects that align with its "compassion consciousness" ethos. 

POSES FAMILY FOUNDATION

Poses doesn't have a specific mental health program but does give widely to organizations working in suicide prevention, learning disabilities, brain injuries and autism. 

PETER AND ELIZABETH C. TOWER FOUNDATION

Tower supports programs geared toward children, adolescents and young adults struggling with mental illness. It also funds programs related to substance abuse as well as intellectual and learning disabilities.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

RWJF focuses its grantmaking on vulnerable populations. Access to quality, affordable health care is a major concern, so groups working in this field may have a leg up.

SAMBERG FAMILY FOUNDATION

Samberg doesn't have a specific mental health grantmaking program. However, it addresses the topic, mainly through its broader giving approach to improve health outcomes in low-income populations.  

STANLEY MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

The Stanley Medical Research Institute awards grants for the research of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 

STRANAHAN FOUNDATION

Stranahan’s grantmaking is pretty broad, focusing on increased access to care, mental health education, alternative care methods, preventative measures, and research to “eradicate health crises.” 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

SAMHSA is a federal organization awarding mental health grants as they pertain to substance abuse, behavioral health issues, offender reentry programs, and more. 

TJX FOUNDATION

TJX’s mental health grantmaking includes counseling, substance abuse treatment, and domestic violence recovery and prevention.

THOMAS SCATTERGOOD FOUNDATION

The Thomas Scattergood Foundation awards grants to groups advocating for local and systemic change in behavioral healthcare delivery at both the national and local levels.

VAN AMERINGEN FOUNDATION

Van Ameringen’s mental health grantmaking interests are relatively broad. The vast majority of its grants go to outfits providing direct services to vulnerable populations in New York and Philadelphia.

WEYERHAEUSER FAMILY FOUNDATION

Weyerhaeuser supports groups that help children cope with both the physical and emotional trauma of domestic violence. 

WILLIAM T. GRANT FOUNDATION

The William T. Grant Foundation awards mental health research grants for studies focusing on disadvantaged and vulnerable kids ages five to 25.