The mini-grant project has been designed by the Wellness in Action team at CERI with the financial support of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and other generous funders. The purpose of the mini-grant project is to catalyze small scale and time sensitive community interventions that address the wellness and mental health needs of immigrant, refugee and indigenous communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its main focus is the promotion, prevention and early intervention of mental health problems in communities traditionally unserved or underserved and in need of culturally responsive and appropriate interventions.
The mini grant includes:
Technical assistance to conduct a community needs assessment, develop, implement and evaluate a community wellness group that can be facilitated for up to 10 weeks. .
Weekly clinical consultation during the program implementation to provide support and guidance to community leaders and guarantee quality and sound mental health and wellness interventions, as well as
Monthly stipend for duration of project to cover up to 8 hours a week of direct community service, clinical consultation, technical assistance and training.
Up to $350 in supplies and other incidental expenses reimbursed to grantee upon approval of expense budget.
Funded activities may include:
Domestic Violence support group for women
Yoga therapy and other movement groups for at risk populations such as mothers and babies, youth, the elderly, formerly incarcerated
Language specific support groups for new immigrants and refugees
Collaborations across generational lines and communities are encouraged
And many more!
GRANT CYCLE AND TIMELINE
Applications are currently closed
Awards will be announced September 11, 2020
Individual meetings with TA team between September 14 and September 29th, 2020to discuss and finalize grant details.
Work begins October 3, 2020
Grant period runs from October, 2020 to March, 2021
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY Applicants must be grassroots community leaders from immigrant, refugee and indigenous communities with a proven track record of service to the community and an interest in wellness and community mental health. Priority will be given to currently unemployed or partially employed community leaders, who can commit to devoting up to 8 hours a week of work to the project for 5 months and attend all mandatory trainings, weekly clinical consultation meeting. Proposals will be evaluated based on how well they meet most of the following criteria:
Addresses a time sensitive community need or opportunity regarding mental health and well-being and documented on the application.
Community driven projects, innovations in mental health and other evidence based community interventions will be considered.
Has potential for successful implementation and meaningful impact to the community, as demonstrated by existing connections to local communities and letters of support from potential community partners and project beneficiaries, as well as cultural relevance of proposed projects.
Has significant community involvement and active community partners.