Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation works to support organizations in Massachusetts and New York that assist with a range of mental health issues facing children and young adults, such as mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse. The main goal of this charity is to support organizations that work towards diagnosis and education, as opposed to research and treatment.

IP TAKE: While the Tower Foundation's area of funding is very limited, both in the activities it supports and the geographic regions in which the organizations it supports operate, it does provide generous funding for organizations which might not attract the attention of larger national funders.

PROFILE: The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation offers a diverse set of mental health-related grants, which cover its interests in mental illnessintellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and substance abuse. Although Tower covers a range of mental health issues, its grants are also somewhat restrictive; the foundation only gives to organizations that work with children and young adults—defined as anyone under the age of 26. Only organizations which operate in a handful of counties in New York (Erie and Niagara counties) and Massachusetts (Essex, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties) are eligible.

The foundation's preferred strategies for addressing mental health issue involve screening and assessment, community-based support, and transition services and navigation.

For organizations that meet these criteria, Tower is generous. Given the relatively small area of the country it supports, it has funded a surprisingly large number of grants over the past few years. While there are no set program lengths or dollar amounts for grants, they're typically multi-year gives worth between $25,000 and $75,000 a year. However, it isn’t unusual for Tower to award grants above that $75,000 mark to large mental health organizations.

To learn more about the types of groups receiving Tower support, take a look at its Grant Recipients page.

Organizations who wish to seek funding from Tower follow a fairly simple process. The foundation openly accepts letters of inquiry for a period which varies from program to program. If the Tower decides that organization's goals meet its guidelines, it will request a full proposal. The entire process takes approximately six months from letter of inquiry to distribution of funds.

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