The is a private grantmaking foundation located in New York City. It was established by Arnold Louis van Ameringen in 1950 and received its assets from him during his lifetime and at his death in 1966 and from his widow, Hedwig van Ameringen, during her lifetime and at her death in 1996.
The foundation supports innovative and practical programs that increase the accessibility of mental health services to the poor and needy, preventive and early-intervention strategies, and advocacy at the local or national level.
1) Direct Service Grants: Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to support programs and projects that provide a direct service such as case management, assessment, counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric care, training, or jobs, housing, and other support to people and communities grappling significant mental illness.
2) Non-Direct Service Grants; Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded in support of strategies that seek to create changes in the law, public policy, or in the perceptions and practices of the public and private sectors responsible for improving mental health care, particularly in unserved or underserved communities; efforts that seek to share research findings, best practices, and knowledge related to improving the mental health system and safety net; and activities that provide learning and skill-building opportunities for mental health providers, advocates, people living with mental illness, policy makers, and family or community members who are seeking to deepen their understanding, knowledge, treatment, or social change efforts.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization serving residents of the metro New York or Philadelphia areas. The foundation does not currently support programs related to intellectual disability or physical disability. In addition, grants are not made in support of endowments, capital projects, annual fundraising drives, or international activities and institutions. Grants in direct support of individuals are NOT made by the foundation under any circumstances.
Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than June 8. Upon review, applicants will be invited to submit a full application by August 3, 2018.
See the van Ameringen Foundation for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application procedures.