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Core Programs and Services:
Mental Health

Please Note: Grant Cycle Update

The Tower Foundation will now offer three opportunities per year to apply for funding for its Core Programs and Services grants (in Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders) as well as for Technology and Small Grants. This change from an annual cycle will ensure a shorter process that will help to lessen the administrative burden on grantees.  Learn more here.

Our Definition

The Tower Foundation has adopted the definition of mental illness used by the National Alliance on Mental Illness:

Medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.

Our Funding Goals

For our Mental Health category, we have identified five key goals:

  1. Stigma related to mental illness is eliminated.
  2. Children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are identified early and connected to appropriate services.
  3. Young people with mental health challenges understand and manage their conditions and behaviors.
  4. Families understand mental health challenges and help members live productive lives.
  5. Communities offer meaningful opportunities and appropriate support to young people with mental health challenges and their families.

Preferred Strategies

While open to creative approaches, some preferred strategies for supporting our goals include:

  • Screening and Assessment
  • Community-Based Education and Supports
    - Community and Professional Education
    - Family Supports
  • Transition/Service Navigation

For More Information

If you are interested in submitting a grant application, please see our 2017 Core Programs and Services Guidelines.  Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when guidelines are posted.