Dammann Fund: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Dammann Fund is interested in 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: If you’re one of the many groups seeking mental health funding and you’re located in the three locales mentioned above—New York City, Southwestern Connecticut, or Charlottesville, Virginia—the Dammann Fund is an outfit you should know.

PROFILE: The Dammann Fund has been around since 1946, when it was created by Milton Dammann. This quiet funder currently focuses its grantmaking on two causes: mental health and teen parenthood.

On the mental health front, the fund is interested in projects that facilitate foster and/or independent living for those suffering from mental illness. Grants aren’t huge here, typically ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. However, grantees are eligible for funding for up to three years, so those smallish 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 unsolicited applications, which must be postmarked by June 30. Final grant decisions are made in the fall and successful applicants can expect to receive funds by the beginning of December.


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