The SHINE Initiative is committed to “shining a light’ on mental health in children, teens and young adults through awareness and education.
The SHINE Initiative will consider requests for funding from non-profit organizations that are based in Massachusetts, with a primary focus at this time on organizations located in Central Massachusetts.
The SHINE Initiative has proudly awarded more than $200,000 in grants since 2013 to several youth-serving organizations, mental health agencies, and schools, colleges and universities.
The grant recipients have been:
Alternatives, (Whitinsville MA)
Auburn Public Schools (Auburn MA)
Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & (Leominster MA)
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester (Worcester MA)
CAPS/FLLAC Collaborative (Westminster MA)
Children’s Friend (Worcester MA)
Community Healthlink (Worcester MA)
Family Health Center (Worcester MA)
Fitchburg Public Schools (Fitchburg MA)
Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg MA)
Gardner Public Schools (Gardner MA)
Genesis Club (Worcester MA)
Health Alliance Hospital (Leominster MA)
HOPE Coalition (Worcester MA)
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (Worcester MA)
Joint Coalition on Health (North Central MA)
Leominster Education Foundation (Leominster MA)
Millbury Public Schools (Millbury MA)
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School (Fitchburg MA)
Perkins School (Lancaster MA)
UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry (Worcester MA)
Worcester Public Schools (Worcester MA)
Worcester State University (Worcester MA)
Area of interest
The SHINE Initiative will focus its grant making on the following:
- Services and programs that promote the mental wellness of children, teens and young adults, with a preference for programs and projects that are replicable and sustainable and can serve as prototypes for widespread use and impact.
- Proposed programs and projects should include a detailed educational component that will raise public awareness and understanding of mental illness as it impacts young people.
The majority of grants from the SHINE Initiative are one year in duration. On occasion, multi-year support will be considered.
What we DO NOT fund
Annual campaigns, capital equipment, endowment, loans, technical assistance or consulting, other unrestricted spending. No grants are made to individuals.
$2,000-$10,000. Average grant size is $5000.
Applicants must be qualified as 501(c)(3) organizations and must be based in Massachusetts.
Proposals for funding in 2017 must be submitted by February 28th.
Grant recipients will be announced in April 2017.
Please note: The SHINE Initiative will accept one proposal per organization during a 12-month period. Any organization that is awarded funding may apply again after 12 months from the date of the award.
Paul Richard Executive Director The SHINE Initiative 9 Leominster Connector Leominster MA 01453 978-870-1494 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A narrative of no more than 5 pages (single-spaced, minimum 11 point font) must be provided to include:
- History and Mission of your Organization
- Statement of Need
- Plan to Address that Need
- Goals & Objectives with measurable outcomes
- Population to be Served
- Project/Program Budget
- Project/Program Director and Qualifications
- Amount Requested.
A separate one-page cover letter on your organization’s letterhead, and signed by your organization’s CEO or Executive Director, is required.
The following attachments must be submitted with your proposal:
- Evidence of tax-exempt status under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Current fiscal year organizational budget
- A complete list of your board of directors
- Your organization’s most recent annual report and/or audited financial report.
Grantees will be required to issue a progress report that will be due 12 months from the date of the grant award.
An organization receiving a grant will not be considered for subsequent funding until such progress report is produced.
To be considered for a grant, one complete proposal and all attachments should be mailed to:
The SHINE Initiative
Attn: Executive Director
9 Leominster Connector
Leominster, MA 01453
All applications that are complete, eligible, and received by the deadline will be given full consideration by the advisory committee. All applicants will be sent a letter of approval or denial at the conclusion of the review process.