Van Ameringen Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW:  Van Ameringen’s mental health grantmaking interests prioritize underserved and vulnerable populations in New York and Philadelphia.

IP TAKE: Van Amerigen may award a handful of high-dollar grants to mental illness research, but it awards the vast majority of its grants to organizations that provide direct care and services.

PROFILE: The van Ameringen Foundation—confusingly, not the same as the H. van Ameringen Foundation, which is a different organization entirely—was established by Arnold Louis van Ameringen in 1950. It seeks to fund “innovative and practical programs for early intervention, advocacy and increased accessibility of mental health services for people and communities with limited financial means and opportunities.”

Van Ameringen does name a few specific areas of importance: increased access to care for underserved populations, preventative measures and early intervention strategies, and advocating for widespread change within local and national mental healthcare systems.

Geographically, van Ameringen limits its grants to the metro areas of New York and Philadelphia. On occasion, however, the foundation funds organizations outside its geographic priority areas.

This is an approachable funder that accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. Grant seekers should remember that LOIs are deadline driven and keep a close eye on the foundation’s website to stay abreast of any deadline changes.

Van Ameringen awards two-year grants of $25,000 to $50,000. To learn more about the types of groups receiving foundation funding and at what levels, visit its grants page and click on a grantmaking priority to get detailed grantee information.

The foundation’s board meets three times a year, in March, June and November, to consider grant proposals.

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