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Morgan Stanley: Children’s Mental Health Innovation Awards

Deadline: July 2, 2021

The Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health Innovation Awards initiative aims to identify and fund mental healthcare solutions for children and young adults across the U.S. This program specifically addresses the lack of both private and public investment in children’s mental health and of effective ways to connect innovative ideas with capital. The resulting systemic funding gap has only increased with the deepening crisis in children’s mental health due to COVID-19 and ongoing social injustice issues.

Specifically, the Initiative is looking for new or piloted projects from direct-service organizations that will help address the far-reaching challenge of stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health issues in children and young adults on a national or local level in the U.S. Projects must tackle specific issues and address unmet needs, with a goal of reducing stigma, increasing access to care, improving equity in mental health, enabling early identification/prevention or enhancing intervention, especially among disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Selected organizations will have opportunities to receive grants to test and scale their innovative work. In addition, they will be invited to join a six-week program that runs from early October to mid-November, 2021, which includes virtual training sessions on strategic planning, governance, fundraising and program development. They will also be paired with experts from the Alliance for mentorship and consulting opportunities in order to refine their proposed projects and develop their pitches.

Amount: $500,000 is available to make awards that range up to $100,000.

Eligibility: Registered 501(c)(3) public charities based in the U.S may apply.

Link: https://www.morganstanley.com/about-us/giving-back/childrens-mental-health-awards

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