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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Nonprofits for Initiatives
to Improve Mental Health Care for Children and Youth

Children's Mental Health Innovation Awards

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Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children's Mental Health

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Deadline Date:

07/15/22 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit organizations for projects to address mental health needs for children and young adults. The purpose of this program is to increase access to care, promote mental health equity, reduce stigma, enable early identification and prevention, and enhance intervention, especially among disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

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 United States. 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-related repercussions and ongoing social injustice issues.

The Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children's Mental Health 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. 

The Innovation Awards program aims to help fill the funding gap in the under-resourced children’s mental health sector and provide runway for game-changing ideas. The goal is to bring nonprofits and funders together, in order to match much-needed capital with innovative projects in the field of mental health care for children and young adults.

Proposals may be on a national, regional, or local level. The Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children's Mental Health is especially interested in projects that can show feasibility of replicating or scaling the service to benefit children and youth in broader communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195487

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected organizations have opportunities to:
- Be awarded with a grant of $100,000.
- Receive consultation and training from industry professionals.
- Learn from peers and build powerful connections.
- Raise their profile and present their solutions at the Innovation Awards Showcase.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Registered 501(c)(3) public charities based in the U.S. are eligible to apply.

Organizations that are shortlisted for selection must agree to applicable terms and conditions in order to be eligible for final selection and awarding of any grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health Innovation Awards Briefing Session
May 18, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To learn more about the program and how to apply, sign up for the virtual briefing session here:

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates for Second Innovation Awards:
- May 2, 2022: Application opens.
- May 18, 2022: Briefing session.
- July 15, 2022: Application deadline
- Early January 2023: Finalists announced; cohort learning program and pitch development commences.
- Mid-March 2023: Innovation Awards Showcase, during which finalists present their solutions to a broad audience, including other funders.

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