2008 Mental Health Program Grants

Grants Paid During 2008
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Active Minds, Inc. $10,000
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.
(Final payment of an $85,000 grant.)

Barnaba Institute $15,000
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.
(Second 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.
(Final payment of an $60,000 grant.)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America $50,000
New York, NY

One-time grant to launch the “Community of Strength” initiative to address the issues surrounding combat-related mental health injuries for these veterans. In particular, to design, test and replicate a chapter model to physically connect, on a geographic basis, veterans to create a peer-led “community” providing them everything from recreational activities, welcome home events, workshops, seasonal celebrations, volunteer opportunities, etc.
(First payment of an $70,000 grant.)

Partnership with Children $50,000
New York, NY

One-time grant to develop the Center for Capacity Building to enable the dissemination of the successful counseling and prevention care program for inner-city boys and girls, “Open Heart-Open Mind” to over 100 schools by 2012.

Red Hook Initiative $45,000
Brooklyn, NY

One-time grant to expand the Family Institutes of Bold Hope model in New York City and to make it available to social service providers nationwide, resources, training and technical assistance to replicate this eight session (with follow-up support) family therapeutic intervention for children with emotional and mental health challenges.
(First payment of an $75,000 grant.)