Through its Health & Opportunity portfolio, the Sand Hill Foundation funds organizations working to provide low-income individuals and families in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County with pathways to health and wellness, educational opportunities, and economic stability.
To that end, the foundation has announced The Wellness Partnership: Improving Systems for Youth Mental Health, a new grant program within its Health & Opportunity portfolio focused on improving the coordination of Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) efforts targeting youth between the ages of 11 and 24 .
The foundation's approach to Prevention & Early Intervention draws heavily on the definitions and guidelines outlined in the Mental Health Services Act, including an emphasis on culturally competent collaborations between community members. To facilitate access to supports at the earliest possible signs of mental health concerns, PEI builds capacity for providing early intervention services at sites where people often go for other routine activities (e.g., health providers, education facilities, and community organizations). The foundation believes early action not only prevents long-term suffering but also promotes the development of positive cognitive, social, and emotional health.
Examples of outcomes the foundation expects to achieve through the program include improved access to and coordination of evidence-based early interventions and/or depression and anxiety screenings in settings where young people access other services (e.g., schools, primary care offices, etc.); improved coordination among partners resulting in young people being able to more easily access the appropriate level of support and/or treatment when they need it; the continuation of newly formed partnerships (or strengthening of ongoing partnerships) after foundation support ends (e.g., Memorandums of Understanding or Letters of Agreement that formalize and sustain the partnerships); and planning processes that create a pathway for improving the coordination of resources for a specific underserved population (e.g., transitional aged youth, foster youth, middle school youth, etc.).
To be eligible for funding, organizations must have 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code and work within San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County; propose a project focused on long-term systems change and building or strengthening multi-sector partnerships and/or collaborations; serve young people between the ages of 11 and 24; and have a clearly outlined plan for developing or strengthening a partnership between one or more entities, including a formal letter of intent to partner between entities, stated roles and responsibilities, budget allocation, and policy and procedures for data sharing and communications.
The deadline for submitting proposals through the foundation's online system is May 11 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Grant award announcements will be made in June.
See the foundation's website for a complete program description, eligibility criteria, application instructions, and a link to the online application form.