Nord Family Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Nord Family Foundation supports mental health organizations located within its geographic priorities; however, it does not support mental health research projects or fundraising activities.

IP TAKE: Nord limits its grantmaking to organizations located in Boston, Massachusetts; Columbia, South Carolina; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; and Penn Yan, New York.

PROFILE: Walter G. and Virginia Nord established the Nord Family Foundation in 1952 to “[b]uild community through support of projects that bring opportunity to the disadvantaged, strengthen the bond of families, and improve the quality of people’s lives.” Nord Family Foundation grant programs include Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education and Health and Social Services.

The foundation’s Health and Social Services program awards grants to “[o]rganizations and programs that address a wide range of human needs and aspirations, serving people of all ages.” Areas of focus include access to basic services with an emphasis on the well-being of children, youth and family, early care and education, child welfare, youth services and access to healthcare. Although Nord does not specifically address mental health programs and services, but its tax filings indicate in broad interest in this field. The foundation does not name the particulars of its mental health strategies and priorities preferring to leave grantmaking more open.

Grant amounts typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Past mental health grantees include Life Act, which received funding for its Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide program; and Mental Illness Recovery Center, which received a grant for its Homeless, Supportive Housing and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) services. To learn more about the types of organizations NORD supports, examine its grantees list.

The Nord Family Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Grantseekers must submit their applications by April 1 to meet the June decision deadline; August 1 for the October decision deadline; and December 1 for the February deadline.

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