In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased demand for mental health services, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has announced a new grant opportunity for nonprofits, schools, government entities, and other exempt organizations. The Resilient Community Mental Health Grants initiative will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to nonprofits that serve residents in Monroe County. A total of $150,000 in grant funds is available.
“The impact that this pandemic has had on people’s emotional well-being has been overwhelming,” said President and CEO Tina Peterson. “Fear, anxiety, isolation, loss of income, and stay-at-home measures have all contributed to an increased demand for mental health services. While our community’s nonprofits are doing incredible work to provide care and services, we know that they need help to meet the acute demand for mental health programs and support. They also need funding to deliver services in new and different ways, such as telehealth or phone-based services. This grant opportunity will help improve capacity and the resiliency of our community’s nonprofits and our residents.”
Local 501(c)(3) organizations and other organizations exempt from filing for 501(c)(3) status may apply for a Resilient Community Mental Health Grants. Funding will be used to enhance or expand the capacity of local health programs, services, or organizations to provide mental, emotional, and behavioral health supports in Monroe County. Eligible expenses may include technology, staffing, training, equipment, therapeutic services and programs, and operational costs related to enhancing or adding capacity to health organizations, programs, or services to support individuals facing mental health challenges resulting from or exacerbated by COVID-19.
To be considered for funding, applicants must submit their requests on the Community Foundation’s grant portal (https://cfbmcgrants.communityforce.com/Login.aspx) by 11:59 p.m. on October 12. Awarded grants will be announced on October 23. For more information on eligibility and application procedures, contact CFBMC Program Director Marcus Whited at (812) 333-9016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on other COVID-19 funding initiatives & grants awarded this year by the Community Foundation, visit: https://www.cfbmc.org/covid-19-coronavirus-response