2007 Mental Health Program Grants

Grants Paid During 2007
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Active Minds, Inc. $50,000
Washington, DC

To dramatically expand the network of chapters on college campuses. Having spent three years piloting, testing, and revising their model of university-sanctioned, student volunteer-driven chapters working to decrease stigma, create mental health awareness, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community, Active Minds is now ready to grow from its pilot 50 chapters to 300 campus chapters over the next three years. On campus, the chapters provide a range of services including educational workshops for students, professional speakers, and providing links to mental health resources.
(Second payment of an $85,000 grant.)

Barnaba Institute $40,000
Clinton, CT

To produce and disseminate a training program designed to address the unique mental health needs and concerns of the victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
(First payment of an $70,000 grant.)

Horticultural Society of New York $30,000
New York, NY

To launch their new Nonprofit Partnership for Horticultural Therapy to formalize and expand their ability to help a wide range of organizations working with the mentally and physically ill, formerly homeless, HIV+, victims of substance abuse, the elderly, at-risk juveniles and those re-entering society from incarceration, use horticultural therapy programs to address the needs of these marginalized populations.
(First payment of an $60,000 grant.)

Rita Project $20,000
New York, NY

To refine and replicate the Rita Project’s innovative model of suicide prevention and intervention. Funding will strengthen and refine their present NYC-based program. Targeted to the ¬≥survivors of suicide,¬≤ both those who have survived the loss of a loved one and those who have attempted suicide, the model uses art therapy in a studio setting and has three program components: studio-based art therapy services for survivors, preventive art therapy workshops for at-risk groups including adolescents, and exhibitions of participants work. The grant will develop a strategy and methodology for disseminating the program nationally. The pilot-test expansion sites will most likely be in L.A. and Baltimore. By year three the Rita Project will be up and running in these three cities, additional sites for replication will be explored, and the results of the national expansion evaluated, including best practices, published.
(Final payment of a $75,000 grant.)