van Ameringen Foundation’s Grant Program

van Ameringen Foundation
Last date: 
Monday, November 30, 2020
United States

Detailed Description

The van Ameringen Foundation has announced a call for proposals for its grants program.

The Foundation encourages innovative and practical grant proposals in areas which:

  • Increase the accessibility of mental health services to people and communities with limited financial means and opportunities;
  • Offer preventive and early-intervention strategies;
  • Advocate for systemic change with local or national impact.

Grant Types

The van Ameringen Foundation provides general support and project-specific grants in two overall categories:

  • Direct service grants: The Foundation funds programs and projects that provide a direct service, such as case management, assessment, counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric care, training, or jobs, housing, and other supports to people and communities confronting significant mental illness.

Non-Direct Service grants:

  • Advocacy: The Foundation funds strategies that seek to create changes in the law, public policy, or in the perceptions and practices of the public and private sectors responsible for improving mental healthcare, particularly in unserved or underserved communities.
  • Media/Dissemination: The Foundation funds efforts which seek to share research findings, best practices, and knowledge related to improving the mental health safety net and system. This may be in the form of a publication, training, or media project using traditional or new forms of communication.
  • Training: The Foundation funds activities that provide learning and skill-building opportunities for mental health providers, advocates, people living with mental illness, policymakers, and family or community members who are seeking to deepen their understanding, knowledge, treatment, or social change efforts.

Funding Information

Direct Service Grants:

  • Duration: Up to three years;
  • Size: Between $25,000 – $75,000 annually.
  • Non-Direct Service Grants:
  • Duration: Up to three years;
  • Advocacy Grant Size: Up to $250,000 annually;
  • Media/Dissemination & Training Grant Size: Between $25,000 – $75,000 annually.

What do they don’t fund?

  • The Foundation is not active in programs for intellectual disability or physical disability, nor do they make grants directly to individuals. Given their limited resources, the Foundation also is not able to support endowment campaigns, capital projects, annual fund-raising drives, or international activities and institutions.
  • They are no longer providing grants outside of New York City or Philadelphia.

Eligibility Criteria

The van Ameringen Foundation provides grants exclusively in the five boroughs of New York City and within the city limits of Philadelphia, as well as advocacy support at the national level.


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