Elmo Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Elmo Foundation funds modest grants to mental health organizations in the United States.

IP TAKE: Without a public presence, it may be difficult for grantseekers to get Elmo’s attention. However, grants typically support local and community-based organizations.

PROFILE: Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Elmo Foundation maintains a low public profile. It does not operate a website or a formal staff. It does not award many grants to mental health; however, its mental health-related grantmaking has increased in recent years. 

Elmo is a smaller organizations that offers modest grants. Grants range from $10,000 to $30,000. Mental health related grants tend to be lower and range from $2,500 to $10,000, and tend to fund smaller, local organizations rather than larger, national groups.

The Elmo Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. But this should not necessarily deter grantseekers. While the foundation does not award a large number of mental health grants each year, it does appear as though it seeks to develop longer-term relationships with its grantees.


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