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2020 grant opportunities

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A Beautiful Mind Foundation, Inc. will award grants up to $1,200 for innovative, creative, and effective mental health outreach and programming for people of color and the mental health practitioners who support them.

Eligible applicants must serve communities in the United States or on a government sanctioned tribal reservation. Programs should seek to serve African American, Latinx, Asian American, and/or Indigenous groups. Special consideration will be made for programs that address the “new normal” of social distancing caused by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, including proposed programming designed for online participation. Applicant groups need not be tax exempt organizations. Multiple grants may be awarded in each category.


Grants will be awarded by June 30, 2020 for programs active through June 2021


 Friends of Jelani 

The Friends of Jelani grant is named in honor of Jelani Darren Manigault, an extraordinarily talented, insightful, and ingenious young man who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the tender age of twenty-four.  This is a grant for programs that provide mental health support and/or education programs for boys and men of color who are 25 years old and younger, and their caregivers.  Funds can be used to support training, license fees, and other associated costs to underwrite virtual programs at schools, houses of worship, and/or community groups. To learn more about Jelani Manigault and the programs and student scholarships available in his honor, visit The JELANI Institute at

Ruth's House

Ruth’s House grants, named in honor of

Ruth L. Augustus, a devoted congregant of Saint Augustine Presbyterian Church in the Bronx, NY, and beloved grandmother of the ABMF founder. Funds will be awarded to houses of worship and religious groups that predominantly serve communities of color that wish to hold mental health education programs and/or support groups for the community. Special consideration will be made to applicants who request funding for programs that will be provided in an interactive, online format. Targeted participant groups must include at least 50% event attendance by people of color. Grant funds can be used to support training, licensing fees, or other associated costs related to holding virtual support groups. 

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

This grant supports virtual programming that is targeted to support the mental health of individuals who are impacted by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Support groups can be specifically designed for families affected by the virus, essential workers, victims of domestic violence, those impacted by job loss, and/or individuals facing other long-term impacts of the virus. Programming should target communities of color and be culturally relevant. Grant funds cannot be used for addiction or substance abuse programs.

The Educate, Enlighten, and Empower Grant 

This grant offers broad guidelines and can be used by any group that wishes to start or maintain programs that support the ABMF mission. Grants awarded in this category will support innovative, creative, and culturally competent mental health programs that do not fall within the other grant categories. We encourage mental health practitioners of all racial and ethnic backgrounds who wish to create practitioner-focused educational programming to apply for funding in this category. Priority will be given to programs that utilize technology to support virtual programming.

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