Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Research: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Research supports groups researching the efficacy of psychotherapy.

IP TAKE: This foundation makes modest grants, so grant seekers should not expect to secure significant funding to support their mental health research projects. Also, it prioritizes support for research into group therapy almost exclusively.

PROFILE: The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health was established by the American Group Psychotherapy Association as a separate entity. It seeks to change “lives through therapeutic group work by advancing the most effective and innovative approaches to group therapy education, training, research and community outreach.” The foundation runs its own mental health programs related to new group therapy approaches, education and training, community outreach, and initiatives that advocate group therapy as the primary method of treatment for people suffering from mental illness.

It supports research efforts that explore group therapy as a method of treatment for people with mental illness. The foundation does not require that supported research must demonstrate group therapy as the primary method of treatment in regard to mental illness, though this is clearly its main interest.

Grants typically range from $2,500 to $15,000 and can be used to support basic operational costs of research projects. Group Foundation’s modest grants are divided in the following manner: 50 percent of the funding is disbursed upon grant approval, 40 percent upon the receipt of a six-month progress report, and 10 percent upon the receipt of a post-project report. A list of recent grant recipients is available here.

The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health accepts unsolicited grant applications until November 1 of each year.

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