Open Society Mental Health Initiative


Deadline: ongoing
Open to:  non-governmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union or organizations based in other countries that focus their activities in this region
Grants: not specified

Description

The Open Society Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations invites grant applications from the projects that stimulate the reform of national health, social welfare, education, and employment policies. The Mental health initiative provides support for organizations that work on policy-based advocacy at local or national levels with the aim of promoting community living for people with intellectual disability.

The initiative’s funding strategy is geared toward the sustainable development of quality community-based alternatives to institutionalization for people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems and toward the development of government policies that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Accordingly, the initiative provides funding to organizations that focus on community-living, de-institutionalization, and prevention of institutionalization.

Eligibility

Applicants must be non-governmental organizations based in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union or organizations based in other countries that focus their activities in this region.

The Mental Health Initiative supports projects that include community-based housing, early intervention, inclusive education, and supported employment for people with intellectual disabilities. The initiative also provides support for organizations working on policy-based advocacy at local or national levels with the aim of promoting community living for people with intellectual disabilities.

Ineligibility Criteria: The Mental Health Initiative does not fund projects which are in any way connected to increasing the capacity of, or to improving, residential institutions for people with disabilities. This includes renovations or any other upgrades, equipment, charitable contributions or humanitarian aid, events organized within an institution, and any other form of core support to residential institutions.

Application

The Mental Health Initiative has an open pre-application process. If your organization’s work falls clearly within the funding guidelines above and you would like to be considered for an invitation to submit a full proposal, please write a one-page letter of intent which contains the following information:

  • The organization’s purpose and goals;
  • The project for which funding is requested;
  • The amount of funding requested;
  • The organization’s total income in the last financial year;
  • Some biographical details of the organization’s leadership;

Please send your letter of inquiry via email to mhi@osi.hu. Please put your organization name in the email subject line. Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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