Isora Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Isora Foundation is small family funder that offers both single and multi-year grants. In the mental health space, this funder tends to focus on combating stigma.

IP TAKE: This funder supports social change organizations in the United States and abroad.

PROFILE: Established in 2006, the Isora Foundation is a small nonprofit that “[i]s committed to empowering individuals worldwide to improve conditions within their communities in the areas of health, education, economic development and social justice.” Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Isora awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad.

In the mental health field, the foundation focuses on the stigma surrounding mental illness and the “[n]eeds of individuals affected by the stigmatization of mental illness. A past grantee in this space Breaking the Silence, a project by author Desiree Woodland that teaches kids in upper elementary, middle school and high school about mental illness and recognizing early symptoms themselves. The Minnesota Medical Foundation also received funding from Isora for its mental health awareness campaign and for the Broadway musical Next to Normal, which documents one family’s struggle with bipolar disorder.

Isora grants typically fall in the $1,000 to $15,000 range. To learn more about the types of organizations the Isora Foundation supports, explore its Projects index.

The foundation accepts unsolicited proposals and awards grants in June of each year.

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