Samberg Family Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Samberg Family Foundation does not have a specific mental health grantmaking program. However, it does address the topic, mainly through its broader support of programs to improve health outcomes of low-income populations.  

IP TAKE: It will be tough for grantseekers to get their foot in Samberg’s funding door. The foundation doesn’t award a large number of mental health grants in any single year, and many of the grants it does award are of the multi-year variety.

PROFILE: The Samberg Family Foundation was established by Rebecca and Arthur Samberg in 1995. Arthur Samberg earned his wealth as founder and CEO of the hedge fund Pequot Capital Management. The foundation's mission is to support “healthy and productive living for children and youth, families and communities” through its three main areas of giving: Education, Health, and Jewish Life.

Samberg does not have a specific mental health grantmaking program. However, it does award grants to mental health-related projects, mainly through its Health grantmaking program.

At Samberg, the guiding belief is that poverty has an adverse effect on overall health. So the foundation seeks out organizations that address the harmful health effects of poverty on health outcomes. Areas of funding interest include maternal and child health, mental health, and health education.

Grants from this foundation are pretty substantial, ranging from around $15,000 to $1 million. However, the majority fall in the $25,000 to $200,000 range. And seeing as Samberg does not have a standalone mental health giving program, grantseekers would do well to highlight how their work is connected to other positive physical health outcomes, especially in low-income and disadvantaged populations.

The foundation doesn’t accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding.

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