May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust awards mental health grants to support kids who are currently or formerly in the foster care system, and military veterans and their families.

IP TAKE: The Smith Charitable Trust likes to fund relatively established organizations. That doesn’t mean grantseekers need to have a decades-long history of operations to obtain funding here, just that their organizations have to be past the start-up phase and can demonstrate proven results in their work.

PROFILE: The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust was established in 1989 to carry on the giving legacy of May and Stanley Smith. In 2014, the trust developed a new strategic plan to focus its grantmaking on the following populations: children, young people, elders, military veterans and their families, and people with disabilities. In the mental health grantmaking space, would-be grantees are going to want to seek out the trust’s Foster Youth and Veterans programs.

The Smith Charitable Trust’s Foster Youth program awards grants to organizations providing direct services to children and young people who are currently or formerly in the foster care system, as well as those working with kids whose parents can no longer care for them. The trust’s giving interests are relatively broad here. One major goal of grantmaking out of this program is to support groups ensuring the mental health needs of children and young people involved with the foster care system.

The trust’s Veterans program awards grants to organizations that promote overall well-being of military service members, veterans and their families. The trust takes a holistic approach to its grantmaking here, but it names its first goal as improving the mental health status of military vets. This includes supporting groups working to reduce prejudice around mental health, remove obstacles to treatment, increase the number of mental health care providers, and increase access to programs to improve overall well-being.

Smith Charitable Trust accepts unsolicited LOIs and awards grants to organizations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The trust also awards grants to groups in British Columbia, Canada.

Grants typically range from $25,000 to $100,000 and last for one year. To learn more about the types of organizations receiving support from the trust, check out its Recent Grantmaking page.

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