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Provide Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents

Institute of Mental Hygiene (IMH) Grants

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Grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations and programs in eligible locations to provide mental health services for local children and adolescents. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support early childhood programs, school-based and community-based services, and advocacy activities. Eligible applicants are located in Orleans Parish.

Early Childhood Grants: IMH seeks to strengthen and sustain policies, programs, and providers focusing on early childhood and 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. 
  • 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. 

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. 
  • 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.

Advocacy Grants: 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 169892

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

IMH funding is limited to nonprofit 501(c)3 programs in Orleans Parish that are in good standing.

IMH does not fund capital projects or individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letters of Intent Applications Online and Accessible: June 1, 2022
- Letters of Intent Applications Due: June 29, 2022
- Letters of Intent All Applicants Notified of Approval/Denial: July 8, 2022
- Proposal (By Invitation Only) Applications Online: July 8, 2022
- Proposals Due: August 5, 2022. First-round denials will take place shortly after.
- Applicant Interviews (By Invitation Only): Week of August 15, 2022 Dates TBD
- Board Final Decision: August 25, 2022
- Proposal All Applicants Notified of Approval/Denial by: August 26, 2022

Application Process:
- The IMH process starts with the submission of a letter of intent. Please see below for specific guidelines.
- 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.

Application Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Submit a Letter of Intent Online:

At any point, feel free to email Ron McClain at to discuss your program ideas or to ask questions.

For questions, contact Kanitra Charles, Grants and Data Manager at or call 504-566-1852.

Institute of Mental Hygiene
1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 350
New Orleans, LA 70130

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