Medica Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Medica Foundation supports a broad spectrum of behavioral health programs. Grants are limited to organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and certain counties in Wisconsin. 

IP TAKE: Medica prefers to support local community organizations rather than larger national groups.

PROFILE: The Medica Foundation was established in 1992 as the philanthropic arm of Medica Health Plans, a nonprofit HMO. The foundation's mission is to improve the health of local communities as well as increase access to healthcare services.

In the mental health space, Medica awards grants to early interventions for behavioral health, focusing on “a continuum of behavioral health programs that make it easier for people to receive a full range of medical and behavioral health services.”

Specific areas of interest include gaps in service, integrating physical and mental health, backing case management services, and supporting evidence-based screening, assessment, diagnostic, treatment, and prevention services. The foundation also offers grants to groups that address the mental and physical health of those with disabilities.

Medica’s behavioral health grants can reach up to $40,000, though they can occasionally go above that amount. Grants are geographically limited to organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and certain counties in Wisconsin. 

To learn more about Medica grantees, explore its Grant Recipients page.

For grantseekers operating within Medica’s service area, unsolicited applications are accepted for its Behavioral Health program from February 1 to March 25. Full proposal submission are by invitation only.

PEOPLE:

  • Robert Longendyke, Executive Director
  • JoAnn Birkholz, Director
  • Gina DiMaggio, Program Manager

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