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Institute of Mental Hygiene (IMH) Grants

Grants to Louisiana Organizations for Programs that Address
the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents

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Grants to Louisiana organizations, programs, and providers in eligible locations to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents. A letter of intent is required prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support activities in the areas of early childhood, mental health services in school settings, and advocacy for children and their families to receive a full range of services in the mental health field. Programs must serve residents in Orleans Parish.

Grant Programs:

  • Early Childhood Grants - IMH seeks to strengthen and sustain policies, programs, and providers focusing on early childhoodand families with children ages birth to six years.
    • Early Childhood Program Grants: Through this grantmaking program, IMH will fund programs to increase the number of children ready for kindergarten by building their social and behavioral skills; to increase the social and emotional well-being of children in early childhood programs; to assist parents and caretakers in parenting their children; and to improve the effectiveness of parents and organizations in advocating for programs and policies that address the social and emotional needs of young children. In reviewing applicants, IMH looks for the use of evidence-based approaches. IMH will also fund early intervention and treatment programs for young children with mental health issues.
    • Child Care Improvement Grants to Promote Diverse Delivery: IMH supports Diverse Delivery, the provision of LA 4 preschool and/or Head Start/Early Head Start services in child care centers. There are several examples of such partnerships in New Orleans. Both Head Start grantee agencies in New Orleans (Total Community Action and the Recovery School District) have contracted with child care centers to locate Early Head Start and Head Start classes within Child Care centers. The Recovery School District has also contracted with several child care centers to provide LA4 classes. In each case, these diverse delivery classrooms meet all the standards for each funding stream and setting involved, providing the highest quality option for the children served.
  • Child & Adolescent Grants - IMH is accepting applications for programs providing comprehensive mental health services in public schools and community based programming.
    • Comprehensive Mental Health Services in Public School Settings: IMH defines comprehensive mental health services as the range of services necessary to address the barriers to learning that many children experience. IMH is especially interested in efforts that address the barriers that stem from emotional and behavioral issues/problems, which must be integrated with efforts to address barriers that stem from learning and physical health problems. IMH believes that comprehensive mental health services need to be rooted in a school climate that welcomes and nurtures students and their families. IMH supports the use of prevention programs to build the social and emotional competence of the entire school population.
    • Community-Based Services: IMH supports efforts to increase the availability of prevention, early intervention and treatment services in community settings. Such efforts might include the co-location of mental health services with other well-utilized services for children and their families. IMH supports the provision of services in locations that are easily accessible to vulnerable populations. IMH also support the development of partnerships and collaborations between multiple organizations that serve the same population.
  • Advocacy - IMH supports advocacy as a strategy to work toward increased public support for the full range of mental health services for children and their families and toward the development of policies and regulations that promote quality in the supports and services available to all children. IMH also supports organizational efforts to increase and strengthen the voices of children, parents and caretakers in their communities; and IMH will support convenings to better inform the public on issues relating to children’s optimal development and mental health.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169892

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Early Childhood Grants: Policies, programs, and providers focusing on early childhood and families with children ages birth to six years are eligible for funding.

Child Care Grants - Local educational agencies, Head Start/Early Head Start grantee and delegate agencies, individual schools, child care centers, and organizations facilitating diverse delivery arrangements.

Community-Based Services - IMH supports efforts to increase the availability of prevention, early intervention and treatment services in community settings. IMH supports the development of partnerships and collaborations between multiple organizations that serve the same population.

-IMH funding is limited to programs in Orleans Parish.
-IMH does not fund capital projects.
-IMH does not fund individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Timeline:
- LOI Application Available Online: October 1, 2020
- LOI Application Due: October 15, 2020
- Applicants Notified of Approval/Denial: October 26, 2020
- Proposals Open (by invitation): October 26, 2020
- Proposals Due (if invited): November 30, 2020 (first-round denials will take place shortly after)
- Applicant Interviews: December 7 – 9 (by invitation only)
- Board's Final Decision: December 10, 2020
- Applicants Notified of Approval/Denial: December 18, 2020

The Process:
- The IMH process starts with the submission of a letter of intent.
- The applicant will receive notification regarding whether or not the Board requests a full proposal.
- Applicants can expect to receive a response after the deadline for L.O.I. submission.
- If a full proposal is requested, the applicant will have approximately one month to submit a full proposal by the deadline announced for that grant cycle.
- After the full proposal is received, the applicant may participate in an interview with IMH Board Members. Interviews are by invitation only.
- A final decision from the Board of Directors will be communicated to the applicant following the next scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:
Kanitra Charles, Grants and Data Manager

Institute of Mental Hygiene
1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 350
New Orleans, LA 70130
Fax: 504-566-1853

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: Orleans Parish

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