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. Provide services or collaborate with organizations in one the following communities:
• Greater Buffalo Area, New York
• Northern New Jersey
• Northern counties, Maine
• Palm Beach County & Broward County, Florida
• Northwest region, North Carolina
• Santa Fe and Bernalillo Counties, New Mexico
3. Behavioral health mission. Lead applicants must have a core mission that focuses on behavioral health. The Fund 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. Organizations that do not specialize in behavioral health are encouraged to work in collaboration with a community partner that does.
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, and evidence of interest and support from other funders 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.