OVERVIEW: The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Research supports groups researching the efficacy of psychotherapy.
IP TAKE: Research projects can be costly, especially in fields as underfunded as mental health. This foundation can help, but its grants are pretty modest, so grantseekers shouldn’t expect a huge payday to support their mental health research projects. Also, it focuses almost exclusively on research into group therapy.
PROFILE: The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health was established by the American Group Psychotherapy Association as a separate entity with the sole purpose of “advancing mental health through group work.” 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.