Archstone Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Archstone Foundation’s mental health grants address older adults suffering from depression.

IP TAKE: Archstone’s funding favors organizations in its home state of California. Applicants from other states must demonstrate how their projects can be replicated in California, or on a regional/national level.

PROFILE: Created in 1985, the Archstone Foundation prioritizes the needs of older adults and seeks “to focus exclusively on issues related to aging to build synergies among its grantees and increase the measurable impact of its funding.” Its mental health grantmaking addresses quality-of-life improvements for older adults with depression.

According to the foundation, around one in five older adults suffers from depression, which often leads to other health problems. Unfortunately, many older adults with depression do not get the treatment they need, particularly minorities, older men, poor people, and those with multiple medical problems.

Through its Depression in Late-Life Initiative, Archstone supports innovative projects and approaches to depression treatment for older adults. Grants are pretty significant and typically range from $50,000 to $300,000.

The foundation also offers Small Grants of $15,000 or less to organizations seeking funding for small scale projects. These grants also “enable the foundation to develop partnerships with new organizations.”

It should also be noted that the foundation gives preference to California-based organizations. However, it does make grants to groups working in other states and those with national programs. To learn more about Archstone grantees, grant seekers should explore its searchable Grants Database.

The Archstone Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, which must be mailed to the foundation. LOIs are reviewed each month by program staff who will then decide whether the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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