Van Ameringen Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: Van Ameringen’s mental health grantmaking interests are relatively broad, with a heavy focus on 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 outfits providing 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. Ever since those early years, the foundation has focused its grantmaking on mental illness. van Ameringen has wide giving interests that range from support for education and media projects to help for victims of domestic abuse.

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. Grantseekers should remember that LOIs are deadline driven—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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