Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah Swift Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah Swift Foundation supports grantmaking related to social work, psychiatry, preventative psychiatry, and community mental health. It prioritizes work for young people.

IP TAKE: Kenworthy-Swift Foundation prioritizes support of new and innovative programs in its funding areas. It is even willing to provide seed funding for yet-unproven programs or projects.

PROFILE: The Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah H. Swift Foundation was created by Marion Kenworthy and Sarah Swift in 1962. It seeks to “advance mental and emotional health of young people under age 21 by making grants to support innovative programs that advance the mental health of young people through social work, psychiatry, preventive psychiatry and community health.” The foundation supports programs operating in the areas of social work, psychiatry, preventative psychiatry, and community mental health.

While the foundation offers startup funding for novel projects, it also supports those with proven track records. Kenworthy-Swift is on the lookout for: projects that demonstrate a good degree of replicability; advocacy proposals with the potential to impact policies in psychiatry, social work or child welfare; and prevention and early intervention programs addressing the mental health and emotional well-being of children.

Grants range from $5,000 to $45,000, with most between $10,000 and $25,000. The foundation does not have specific geographical restrictions for its funding, but it does give some preference to organizations located in the New York City tristate area. To learn more about the groups receiving Kenworthy-Smith support, browse through its Examples of Grants page.

The foundation accepts unsolicited applications; submission deadlines fall on March 31 and October 31 of each year. Applications should be submitted electronically to Dr. Kathryn Conroy.


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