Professional Development and Wellness Initiative


The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation is pleased to introduce a three-year initiative to support professional development and staff wellness in behavioral health organizations. The Foundation is interested in learning how the field of behavioral health might scale up efforts to promote the professional development, support, and wellness of staff.

Grants will fund innovative efforts that build enduring programs, resources, and practices that promote workforce wellness, learning, and capacity. The Foundation hopes to increase recognition among funders that staff growth and wellness are fundamental to quality behavioral health care.

Applicants may request up to $50,000 per year over two years to support projects.

The goal of funding is to support practical, “building block” projects that help organizations move forward on a pathway of organizational change in the following areas:
• Institutionalize practices and policies that reflect the centrality of professional development and staff wellness in supporting client outcomes
• Improve the well-being of the behavioral health workforce
• Align, develop, improve, or expand continuing education and training
• Develop systematic coaching, support, and retention strategies

Funding will support projects proposed by organizations at various levels of capacity—from those just getting started or in the “emerging” phase of an initiative to more advanced partnerships and coalitions in the “building” phase where they take coordinated action.

For more information download the Guidelines above or visit the Application Process and Eligibility pages.