United States Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health’s Grant Program 16-Nov-2020

For Grant Seekers

The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is a collaborative fund that provides timely resources to organizations that focus on the mental health and well-being of adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ in the United States—populations that face urgent needs during the pandemic but too often lack access to the care they need.

The Upswing Fund is currently accepting applications for two types of grants. Applicants may apply to one type of grant only:

Surge Capacity

Provide immediate resources to direct-service organizations that provide mental healthcare to adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+.

Systems Enabler

Provide resources to organizations to surface innovative approaches for adolescent mental health services that make more resilient systems to enable access to care.

Surge Capacity

To be eligible to receive a grant from The Upswing Fund, your organization must be certified as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS and serve adolescents (ages 10-18) who are of color and/or LGBTQ+.

Additional eligibility information is below:

Eligible organizations are:

  • Non-profit, outpatient clinics which offer in-person or virtual mental health,
  • Community-based organizations or community centers providing mental and emotional support,
  • Digital health services,
  • After school programs and school-based mental health services,
  • Mobile crisis programs.

Timeline

  • Oct. 20: Application submission period begins
  • Nov. 16: Last date to apply for Systems Enabler Grants
  • Dec. 4: Last date to apply for Surge Capacity Grants (Please note: Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all funds are disbursed)
  • Note that organizations may apply to one type of grant only.


Systems Enabler

To be eligible to receive a grant from The Upswing Fund, your organization must be certified as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS and serve adolescents (ages 10-18) who are of color and/or LGBTQ+.

Additional eligibility information is below:

Eligible programs will:

  • Have an innovative solution which can make a scalable impact within the next 12 months,
  • Have been in existence with demonstratable metrics and outcomes for at least 6 months, and
  • Advance achievement in one of our key focus areas with a tactic that may include, but is not limited to, software-based, specific policy change, a communications campaign or other novel, scalable solution.

Timeline:

  • Oct. 20: Application submission period begins
  • Nov. 16: Last date to apply for Systems Enabler Grants
  • Dec. 4: Last date to apply for Surge Capacity Grants (Please note: Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all funds are disbursed)
  • Note that organizations may apply to one type of grant only.

If you have questions about your eligibility or our grantmaking process, please see our Grant Seeker FAQs below.

For technical questions specific to the grant application portal, please contact us and include “Technical Application Question” in your subject line.

For questions about the grantmaking process not covered in the Grant Seeker FAQs that follow, please contact us by 5 pm PT on Friday, October 30, 2020 with the subject “Grant Question,” making sure to note in your email which grant type you are applying for (Surge Capacity or Systems Enabler). We will compile and publish all new FAQs to this webpage by November 4, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can a Surge Capacity Grant provided by The Upswing Fund help my organization?

How can a Systems Enabler Grant provided by The Upswing Fund help my organization?

What organizations are ineligible to be funded by The Upswing Fund?

How can I prepare to apply?

Can I submit more than one application?

Is there a geographic focus for The Upswing Fund?

Are grants recurring or one-time grant opportunities?

What are the grant sizes and time frame for the awards?

What is the deadline to apply?

When will grantees be informed of funding decisions?

Where does The Upswing Fund’s funding come from?

How did The Upswing Fund identify its grantmaking priorities?

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