Cambia Health Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

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

IP TAKE: Cambia is looking for innovative mental and behavioral health projects with well-defined and measurable goals, as well as those that can demonstrate potentially diverse funding sources for future sustainability. In other words, the foundation does not want to be the project’s single source of funding and it wants its would-be grantees to demonstrate how their projects will continue after Cambia's funding runs out.

PROFILE: Established in 2007, the Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the healthcare company, Cambia Health Solutions. The foundation’s mental health grantmaking zeroes in on the behavioral health of underserved children and families in its four state region of focus -- Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Idaho.

As Cambia sees it, the “social and health consequences of unidentified and untreated mental health issues of children” are “broad, expensive, and potentially devastating for families and communities.” As such, the foundation supports three primary categories of service: evidence-based mental and behavioral health projects benefiting underserved children and their families that offer school-based integrated mental health services; programs that foster collaboration between parents and child-serving organizations in regard to treatment for children with existing behavioral health problems; and programs that work to mitigate “toxic stress and trauma” for children and their families. Related grants are awarded out of the foundation’s Children’s Health program.  

The foundation says it gives preference to innovative projects promoting collaboration between multiple sectors for coordinated mental and behavioral health care. Cambia also pays special attention to groups that address mental health and healthcare disparities and those that identify and mitigate increased risk factors.

Grants out of Cambia tend to range from $50,000 to $100,000 per year, and it does consider multi-year funding. The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and proposals and encourages prospective grantees to contact its staff to help determine whether their work aligns with the foundation’s giving strategies.

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