Guidelines: Community Mental Health
Funding Type: Operating, Program, or Capacity Building
Funding Locations: Boston Neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, South End
For a PDF version of these guidelines, please click here.
Please read these guidelines thoroughly to determine whether you are eligible to apply for a grant.
Links to the NS4G Abbreviated Application and the Giving Common web site are provided below.
Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G) is a philanthropy education program that enables students to make a positive and lasting impact in the communities where we live and learn through grantmaking. We make grants to community-based nonprofit organizations that address critical economic and social challenges facing the Boston neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End. Through our grantmaking and volunteer work, we further strengthen the relationship between the Northeastern University community, our grantees, and the neighborhoods they serve.
Since 2008, students have used a consensus-based approach to manage all stages of the NS4G funding cycle, from conducting needs assessments through making grant determinations. Past funding priorities have included youth violence, households at risk due to financial insecurity, positive youth development, thriving families, and intimate partner violence. Our philanthropy is informed by coursework in human services and nonprofit management as well as many experiences students have had working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. NS4G is advised by NS4G Program Director Rebecca Riccio and Human Services Director Lori Gardinier, MSW, PhD. Our decision making is completely independent of any other relationships applicants may have with the university.
Current Funding Priority
During the 2013 funding cycle, operating, program, or capacity building funding will be provided to an organization working in the area of community mental health. In particular, we seek to fund an organization working to overcome economic, social, and cultural barriers to mental health care access in low-income, under-served or marginalized communities. Such barriers may include, but are not limited to language, immigration status, lack of culturally appropriate services, stigma, lack of health insurance, lack of awareness, and logistical challenges such as transportation or child care. We will consider clinical services (e.g., individual counseling) and community-based approaches (e.g., education, awareness building) provided they are geared toward making mental health care more accessible in our target communities.
What We Will Fund
We will award one $10,000 grant. Funds may be applied toward either operating expenses, a program, or capacity building. Applicants will be asked to specify how they intend to use the grant, how it will support their efforts to increase access to mental health care in the community, and how they will measure its success. Applicants must demonstrate an existing commitment to the target community and competence in addressing mental health care issues.
Eligibility and Application Process
NS4G will only fund registered 501(c)(3) organizations based in or serving one or more of our target communities. We welcome applications from faith-based organizations provided that the purpose of the grant is wholly secular. As part of their selection process, students will request a limited number of finalists to accommodate a site visit. Results will be announced in April 2013. At the conclusion of the grant period, the recipient will be asked to submit a report on their use of the grant. Past NS4G grantees are not eligible to apply.
NS4G seeks clarity of purpose, a deep understanding of the need(s) being addressed and the community being served, credible strategies for achieving and measuring impact, sound management and governance, and fiscal responsibility in the organizations we fund. We also value and respect the time and resources nonprofits invest in fundraising. Therefore, we are asking applicants to complete a two-step process: submit an NS4G Abbreviated Application and upload an organizational profile to the Boston Foundation’s Giving Common website (www.givingcommon.org). The Giving Common is a free online resource that facilitates philanthropy by making it easier for nonprofit organizations to showcase the good work they do and for potential donors to find and fund them. Our hope is that our application process will benefit all applicants by exposing them to a larger pool of funders. To learn more about our rationale for working with The Giving Common, please visit our FAQ by clicking here.
Important Dates and Information
- Grant awards will be announced in early April 2013.
- The NS4G application and Giving Common profile must be completed by March 1, 2013. Please allow sufficient time for your Giving Common profile to be processed. We recommend submitting your information to The Boston Foundation by February 15, 2013.
- For more information about The Giving Common and support for completing your profile, please contact Katherine Westlund, Manager, Nonprofit Effectiveness, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-338-1624.
- For more information about NS4G and our application process, please contact NS4G Program Director Rebecca Riccio at email@example.com or 617-373-4020.
For the NS4G Abbreviated Application for Community Mental Health, please click here.
To complete your application by creating a Giving Common profile, please click here.
For the guidelines for a separate grant in the area of Post-incarceration Reintegration, please click here.
For the FAQ about our application process, please click here.