Innovative Advocate Solomé Tibebu Leads New Mental Health Initiative
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020
As my guest today on The Optimistic Advocate podcast, I am so excited to have Solomé Tibebu, Director of the Upswing Fund. Solomé is leading an effort to provide timely resources to organizations that focus on the mental health and well-being supports to adolescents of color and / or LGBTQ+ in the United States—populations that face urgent needs during the pandemic but too often lack access to the care they need. Funding for the effort comes from Pivotal Ventures, a personal investment and incubation company founded and led by Melinda Gates.
In this episode, not only will you learn about the incredible funding opportunity available to mental health providers who focus on adolescents of color and LGBTQ youth, but you will also learn about the amazing Solomé Tibebu, who leads the effort.
(Information below comes from the Overview for Grant Applicants)
More About This Grant Opportunity
In Fall 2020, The Upswing Fund will be making one-year, non-renewable grants. They anticipate making approximately fifty Surge Capacity grants (ranging from $10,000 to $100,000) and approximately ten System Enabler grants (up to $500,000 each).
To be eligible to receive a grant from The Upswing Fund, your organization must be certified as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS and serve adolescents (ages 10-18) who are of color and/or LGBTQ+.
Eligible organizations are:
The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is a collaborative fund focusing on the mental health and well-being of adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on young people across the United States, The Upswing Fund will provide critical resources to front-line organizations that provide the services that young people rely on. In addition, the Fund supports efforts to address key systemic challenges that have resulted from COVID-19, such as policy changes that expand access to mental health services for young people.
About The Fund
The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is a collaborative fund seeded by Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates to advance social progress in the United States. The Fund is powered by Panorama Global, an action tank committed to solving pressing global problems through strategic partnerships, collaborative funds, and scalable solutions.
To be eligible to receive a grant from The Upswing Fund, your organization must:
For-profit organizations and organizations that do not serve or benefit adolescents of color and/or LGBTQ+ adolescents ages 10-18 are ineligible to be funded by The Upswing Fund.
In Fall 2020, The Upswing Fund is issuing a request for proposal for one-year, non-renewable grants. The Fund is currently accepting applications for two types of grants. Applicants may apply to one type of grant only.
Surge Capacity grants aim to immediately increase capacity for mental health providers serving adolescents of who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ to ensure that more adolescents have access to quality mental healthcare. Eligible organizations are:
The Fund will enable Surge Capacity grantees to provide care by:
The Fund will make approximately fifty Surge Capacity grants (ranging from $10,000 to $100,000). Surge Capacity grant applications must be submitted by December 4, 2020. Please note: Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all funds are disbursed.
Systems Enabler grants provide resources to organizations to support innovative approaches in adolescent mental health services that make more resilient systems to enable access to care. A systems enabler is an inclusive, forward-thinking organization with a game-changing program focused on transforming mental health for adolescents. Eligible programs will:
Systems Enabler Grants will be awarded to address these key focus areas:
The Fund will make approximately ten Systems Enabler grants (up to $500,000 each). Systems Enabler grant applications must be submitted by November 16, 2020.
To apply for a grant or learn more about The Upswing Fund, please visit our website at www.theupswingfund.org. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pivotal Ventures – A Melinda Gates Company
Pivotal Ventures is an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates to advance social progress in the United States. We believe that removing the barriers that hold people back improves life for all.
The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health
Expanding mental healthcare in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is a collaborative fund that provides timely resources to organizations that focus on the mental health and well-being of adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ in the United States—populations that face urgent needs during the pandemic but too often lack access to the care they need.
The Upswing Fund is currently accepting applications for two types of grants. Applicants may apply to one type of grant only. Learn more and apply!
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