Thomas Scattergood Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Thomas Scattergood Foundation awards grants to groups advocating for local and systematic change in behavioral healthcare delivery. The foundation also awards grants to groups fighting mental illness stigma, building workforce capacity in the behavioral health field, and fighting to include mental health as a larger part of integrated healthcare.

IP TAKE: A big component of Scattergood’s mental health grantmaking is growing the public dialogue on mental and behavioral healthcare. Small groups shouldn’t shy away from this funder, as it supports organizations advocating for improved mental healthcare at both the local and national levels.

PROFILE: Thomas Scattergood was a 19th century Quaker minister in Philadelphia. Scattergood suffered from depression in a period when the mentally ill were seen as damaged or "spiritually damned," and were often incredibly mistreated. The Thomas Scattergood Foundation describes itself as a “Quaker-based” grantmaker committed to improving the systems in which “behavioral healthcare is delivered in the Philadelphia region.”

Scattergood prioritizes the Philly region, but does not specifically restrict its grantmaking to the city, also awarding rants to support mental health projects beyond Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania.

The Scattergood Foundation’s grants are very much focused on creating change in behavioral healthcare delivery at both the grassroots and systematic levels. The foundation supports projects and programs that combat mental illness stigma, promote knowledge and understanding, advocate for the integration of mental healthcare services into larger healthcare systems, improve health outcomes of both physical and behavioral health, and build workforce capacity in the behavioral health field.  

Grant amounts range pretty broadly here, generally from $5,000 to $50,000. To learn more about the kinds of organizations receiving Scattergood support, explore its Grants Database.

The Thomas Scattergood Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year via its online application system. Applications are reviewed by the Board, which then decides which organizations to invite back to submit a full proposal.


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