James Plastiras Director of Public Information New York State Office of Mental Health 518-474-6540 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 03, 2022
NYS OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF $105,000 IN FUNDING FOR STIGMA REDUCTION PROJECTS
Funding Secured through Voluntary Taxpayer Contributions to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’
ALBANY, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the availability of up to $105,000 in grant funding for projects that help reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness.
Funding is provided through the voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016, which allows taxpayers to contribute easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their NYS taxes.
OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “The stigma unfairly applied to people living with mental illness often robs them of the opportunities many of us take for granted, including a good job, suitable and safe housing and appropriate health care. Stigma also discourages people with mental illness from seeking the help they need to address their health issues. OMH is actively working to reduce the negativity surrounding mental illness, and this funding, generously donated by New Yorkers, will support that mission and help our partners in communities across the state provide hope for individuals who are working towards recovery.”
OMH will award up to $15,000 to support stigma-reduction projects across the state. Agencies selected for funding must have at least one year of experience serving persons with mental illness and be recognized for their work serving underserved, under-represented and/or minority populations.
Eligible activities include but are not limited to: targeted messaging and advertising, production of printed materials, speakers, training, contact with people with lived experience, and multimedia productions. Funding cannot be used to cover the cost of food, conference travel, or other purchases precluded by law or regulation.
In order to be considered, projects need to address one or more of the goals below:
OMH will review proposals for completeness, messaging and alignment with the desired, measurable outcomes of reducing public and self-stigma and promoting positive attitudes among targeted audiences and the general public.
Projects selected for funding will receive a 75 percent advance of the funding for their project. All projects are to be completed between 6/1/2022 and 5/31/2023.
More information on proposal requirements is available from: email@example.com
The Office of Mental Health must receive complete proposals by 4/02/2022. Please email submissions to Carol Swiderski at firstname.lastname@example.org: