Dammann Fund: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Dammann Fund seeks projects that facilitate foster living or independent living for those suffering from mental illness. Grants are restricted to organizations in New York City, southwestern Connecticut, and Charlottesville, Virginia.

IP TAKE: Grant seekers seeking mental health funding and located in either New York City, Southwestern Connecticut, or Charlottesville, Virginia should familiarize themselves with the Dammann Fund.

PROFILE: Created in 1946, the Dammann Fund was founded by Milton Dammann. The organization seeks to support “programs in independent living for the mentally ill and teen parenting.” This funder currently supports two causes: mental health and teen parenthood.

The fund prioritizes mental health projects that facilitate foster and/or independent living for those suffering from mental illness. Grants are modest and typically range from $5,000 to $10,000. However, grantees are eligible for up to three years of funding, so those small grants can certainly add up over time.

Dammann’s mental health grants are spread out across a number of topics related to the overall goal of helping those suffering from mental illness live independent lives. In the past, the fund has supported groups providing mental health services for older adults, neighborhood outreach teams, as well as cognitive remediation projects. Since independent living is a primary focus, it comes as no surprise that the fund also tends to support a number of job and vocational training programs. To learn more about the types of mental health projects Dammann supports, explore its list of past grantees.

The Dammann Fund accepts both hard copy grant applications and online submissions through the application portal. Grant seekers should be sure to look over the checklist of necessary documents before submitting.

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