Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

The Vermont Community Foundation is seeking proposals from community-based organizations in support of Vermonters' access to mental health and suicide prevention care.  

Programs open to all Vermonters are eligible, however, priority for funding will be given to those organizations serving the most vulnerable Vermonters disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, New Americans (asylees, refugees, English Language Learners), BIPOC Vermonters, seniors, veterans, and those impacted by substance use disorder, and others experiencing the economic impacts of the pandemic, especially Vermonters and families with limited resources.


Eligible applicants are community-based organizations that are currently deploying evidence-based, culturally competent mental health and suicide prevention supports and services either directly or in collaboration with an experienced mental health community partner.

While primary providers of health and mental health services should not be the lead applicant for these funds, we strongly encourage collaborative projects that engage such agencies in the work that is being led by those community-based organizations that serve populations most put at risk during the COVID pandemic.

This funding is not intended for new startup programs or for applicants without a history of serving the populations identified above.

What we are looking to fund

Programming must include suicide prevention, intervention, and/or postvention strategies that are evidence-based and culturally competent. Strong collaboration with community partners is expected.

Who May Apply

All applicants to programs at the Vermont Community Foundation must meet these guidelines.

Grant Size

This program will award grants of up to $10,000 for a 12-month project period.

Deadline and Notification

Applications will be accepted through Thursday, August 12, 2021. Applications must be received by 5PM to be considered. 

Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically. Visit our Online Grants Center page to learn how and to register for a new account. Or click here to access your existing account.