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 prioritizes relatively established organizations. That does not mean grant seekers need to have a decades-long history of operations to obtain funding here, just that 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. It seeks to support “organizations that offer opportunities to children and youth; adults and familes; elders; and people with disabilities that enrich the quality of life, promote self-sufficiency, and assist individuals in achieving their highest potential.” The trust supports mental health grantmaking through its Foster Youth and Veterans programs.

The Smith Charitable Trust’s Foster Youth program awards grants to organizations that provide 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 grantmaking interests are relatively broad here. One of this program’s major grantmaking goals is to support groups that address 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 states that its first goal is to improve the mental health status of military veterans. 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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