Nationwide Insurance Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Nationwide Insurance Foundation is a mostly local funder with moderately-sized mental health grantmaking. Most of its funding goes to treatment centers and mental health clinics that serve women, children and families, with the majority of those facilities located in Columbus, Des Moines and Scottsdale.

IP TAKE: Nationwide is not a huge mental health funder, and with more than 85 percent of its grants going to organizations it already has a relationship with, getting your foot in the door can be difficult. But those who do can often receive multi-year funding that grows substantially each year, making a relationship with Nationwide well worth the effort.

PROFILE: The Nationwide Insurance Foundation is located in Columbus, Ohio, and a look at the Foundation's grantmaking history reveals an obvious bias for the city — more than 50 percent of Nationwide's money stays within Columbus. Other favored locations include Des Moines, Iowa; Scottsdale, Arizona; and other cities and towns in Ohio. You can find a complete list of Nationwide's geographic funding priorities here.

The foundation typically gives a total of between $200,000 and $500,000 a year, spread among no more than a dozen organizations. Grants usually start small, rarely breaking $10,000. But organizations that establish a relationship with Nationwide have a good chance to increase their year-over-year grant amounts.

No matter how long an organization's relationship with Nationwide, it rarely receives more than $100,000 at any one time. A little more than half of its grants have historically come in between $10,000 and $75,000, and around a third are at or under $10,000.

Women, children and family mental health are Nationwide's chief funding concerns within the broader area of mental health. The foundation gives a lot to groups that provide mental health treatment for troubled and at-risk children, including programs that deal with violence, drug addiction and sexual misconduct. It also provides funding for organizations focused on women and families; these include halfway houses, domestic violence shelters, and treatment centers for alcoholism or drug addiction. Many of these organizations provide residential treatment in addition to their outpatient programs.

Nationwide accepts unsolicited applications from around mid-May to September 1 each year.


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