Sydney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: Baer focuses its grantmaking on support for organizations working to improve the quality of direct care for individuals suffering from mental illness, and to stimulate education and research into various mental health fields, with a primary focus on depression and schizophrenia.

IP TAKE: With a concentration on programs operating in the New York, Boston and St. Louis areas, and with an emphasis on established partnerships, it may seem easy for new projects to get lost in the crowd with this foundation.

PROFILE: The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation was established in 1999 to fund mental health initiatives. Having struggled himself with mental illness, Baer “sought to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted with mental illness.” Upon his death in 2002, he left the remainder of his estate to the foundation. Mental health is the foundation's sole focus.

All of the grants the foundation awards focus on organizations working to provide direct care for individuals suffering from mental illness, as well as education and research into various mental health fields (including clinical research), with a primary focus on depression and schizophrenia.

Though the foundation does not officially limit its grants to specific geographic locations, Boston, New York and St. Louis are heavy favorites in its grantmaking. Organizations operating on a smaller scale might feel their efforts are better spent seeking alternative funding, as a large chunk of new grants are awarded to mental health centers and large hospitals. Most grants are in the $50,000 to $150,000 range. To learn more about the organizations receiving Baer support, take a look at its Previous Grant Recipients page.

Baer does accept brief unsolicited letters of inquiry (no more than 300 words). Upon review, the foundation’s grant’s committee will invite organizations to submit a full application.

PEOPLE:

  • George B. Handran, Trustee 

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