American Legion Child Welfare Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation funds organizations that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of children across the United States.

IP TAKE: This foundation typically funds projects that cover a multi-state area. So single-community or single-state grantseekers are unlikely to receive funding.

PROFILE: Established in the mid-1950s, the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation was created by the American Legion, but it is a separate nonprofit entity. The foundation says its main priority is to “provide other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the special needs of children across this nation.”

The foundation focuses on organizations improving the well-being of children in two ways: it supports new organizations developing and operating innovative programs, and funds well-established organizations implementing programs to benefit children based on previous knowledge and experience.

In the past it has supported organizations like the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, which addresses mental illness in children and adults.

Child Welfare Foundation grants are awarded for one year and must be completed between January 1 and December 31. Grants typically range between $10,000 and $50,000. The foundation only awards project-related grants and does not make awards for general operating expenses.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from May 1 to July 1 of each year. Grant decisions are typically made by mid-October. Applications can be downloaded from the foundation’s website.

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