Grant Process

McKenzie Foundation seeks to support organizations which treat or build awareness around adolescent mental health issues of youth aged 10-25, reducing the associated stigma and improving outcomes.

Qualifying Organizations

Must be 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status

Must operate in a metropolitan area within one or more counties in the San Francisco Bay Area – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara

Must address either:

Advocacy & Public Policy – Promoting cultural humility; systems change and reforming systems of care; encouraging peer advocacy; supporting networking building and convening

Communications & Public Education – Promoting stigma reduction; improving media representations; informing specific audiences through development of materials, media, PR, branding, and use of technology; supporting mental health education among youth, media, health providers, and schools

Prevention and early intervention – School-based mental health services, esp. in middle schools and high schools; trauma-informed care

The Foundation does not fund:

  • Individual or volunteer-run initiatives
  • Political candidates
  • Capital improvements or capital campaigns
  • Direct support of individuals

Application Process

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals; however, if your organization fits the profile above, please submit a Letter of Inquiry below.

Initial Screen: The Foundation privately researches local organizations which match our Mission and basic funding criteria. If you believe your organization fits our stated requirements and would like it to be considered for support, please submit a Letter of Inquiry below.

Informational Site Visit: We will visit select groups to observe programming, meet staff, and explore potential opportunities to partner. Qualifying organizations will receive a letter of invitation to submit a formal Application for consideration usually within 6 weeks of our site visit.

Due Diligence: We will request key documents and meet with organization staff to review the Application in detail. We examine the group’s model, long-term strategy, leadership, impact, financials, and willingness to work with an engaged funder. Due diligence does not guarantee funding.

Foundation Consideration: Our Foundation votes on proposed new grantees at biannual meetings. Organizations are notified of the outcome within one week of the Board’s decision.