Cigna Group Foundation issues RFP to improve youth mental health

The Cigna Group Foundation has issued a request for proposals to improve youth mental health.

The foundation is committing $9 million over three years to improve the mental health of youth ages 5 to18 as it relates to post-pandemic stress and distress. This commitment includes support for those who care for youth in everyday settings and interactions, including their parents, caregivers, and youth service professionals, such as educators and therapists.

The foundation seeks to collaborate with and support nonprofits that leverage evidence-informed programs and services to serve local youth experiencing the most need. For the first year of the three-year commitment, will focus on investing in approaches that drive outcomes to address mental health concerns early; and strategically offer programming, intervention, and access to care in schools and related settings in underserved communities.

Through the grant program, the foundation aims to: increase reach of programming that foster social-emotional skills and well-being; increase the number of parents, caregivers, and youth service professionals who feel equipped to support; and increase pathways to mental health intervention and access to care. Grants of between $100,000 and $150,000 will be awarded within the geographical focus areas of Connecticut, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Cigna Group Foundation website.

Deadline: May 22, 2024