1. Nonprofit organizations. Applicants must be U.S. based non-profit organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscal agents with a 501(c)(3) status. Collaborations may include organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) designation.

2. Target communities. The applicant provides the majority of its services in one the following communities:
• Greater Buffalo Area, New York
• Northern New Jersey
• Urban and rural counties in Maine
• Palm Beach & Broward County, Florida
• Northwest region, Watauga and adjacent counties in North Carolina
• Santa Fe and Bernalillo County, New Mexico

3. Behavioral health mission. Lead applicants must emphasize behavioral health as a core aspect of their mission. The Foundation will give priority to projects in the fields of addiction, trauma, and depression. Fields of long-term care, developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injury are less of a priority in the pilot phase of the initiative. Organizations that do not specialize in behavioral health are encouraged to work in collaboration with a community partner that does. Collaboration will strengthen all applications.

4. Local leadership. Applicants that are based outside the target communities are encouraged to apply with a community partner.

5. Match requirement. There is no funding match requirement, but financial and in-kind contributions toward the project budget will strengthen the case for support.

6. Organizational size. The Foundation will favor requests that have the potential to benefit the most staff and clients in a system, network, or community. We encourage small organizations to apply in a coalition with other community partners. An individual organization may be included in multiple funding applications if it is part of more than one proposed collaborative project.