Foundation / Corporation
American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF)
Grants of up to $5,000 to USA medical schools for projects addressing substance abuse and mental health disorders. Funding is intended to support community programs initiated and led by medical students with a particular focus on disadvantaged minority populations. Activities may be conducted in partnership with community agencies, or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities.
The Helping Hands Grants Program was established to encourage medical students to participate in mental health and substance use disorder activities; raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and build an interest among medical students in the psychiatric field and working in under-served communities. All projects must be conducted under the supervision of medical faculty, consisting of at least one psychiatrist.
Some examples of activities that can be funded:
- Outreach and community education about mental health
- Mental health literacy programs
- Screenings and referrals in community health centers or homeless shelters utilizing validated tools
Innovative, new or replicable ideas are encouraged.
Poster Presentation: Recipients of the 2019-2020 Helping Hands grants will be invited to create and present a poster about their project at the American Psychiatric Association’s Institute on Psychiatric Services (IPS) in October 2020. A small travel stipend will be offered to each recipient program to help offset the cost of travel for one or more representatives, but the amount will not vary. Information regarding the IPS will be available Summer 2020.
GrantWatch ID#: 180999
The Helping Hands Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000.
The program year runs from September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020. Funds must be expended within this time frame. If required, grant extensions should be requested prior to the end of the grant year in August 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please submit your proposal, by mail or emailed as a PDF, to:
American Psychiatric Association Foundation
800 Maine Avenue, S.W., Suite 900
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
For questions, email:
Lilia Coffin, Program Coordinator
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