Suicide Prevention Grants

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Public and private grants are available to support the development and implementation of suicide prevention programs. Read on to learn about the different types of suicide prevention grants offered.

Grants Supporting Suicide Prevention Initiatives

A variety of government and privately funded grants are available to educational institutions, educators, researchers, and youth groups. While organizations that focus on broader-based missions, such as mental health, consider providing grants to suicide prevention projects, here we take a look at grant programs that are designed specifically for suicide prevention initiatives.

Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grants

These grants, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMSHA) are available to public and private colleges and universities, including community colleges and higher education institutions that serve minority students. As part of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, grants are designed to fund campus initiatives that provide suicide intervention and prevention services to young adults. These grants have supported programming at nearly 200 schools, providing training and education to more than a quarter of a million students, teachers, staff, and community members.

Activities eligible for this grant include:

  • Establishing local suicide prevention hotlines
  • Increasing awareness of services provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Creating and delivering educational or informational materials and seminars

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Grants

The AFSP offers seven grants for suicide prevention research, pilot programs, and projects that focus on studying suicide risk factors and prevention or intervention methods. Grants are typically awarded for one to three years and range from less than $30,000 to as much as $500,000. Recipients must be researchers associated with non-profit institutions.

Beacon of Hope Grants

Beacon of Hope grants are offered by the Dave Nee Foundation to youth-oriented non-profit groups. Grants are designed to support programs that eliminate the stigma of mental health and prevent suicide. Programs that incorporate public awareness into their campaigns and projects led by youth are favored. While schools and government agencies are not eligible, groups formed by school-aged children are. Grants are non-renewable, and the annual award amount is usually about $8,000.

Detecting and Preventing Suicide Behavior, Ideation and Self-Harm in Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Grant

This National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant funds the testing of initiatives designed to mitigate suicide and self-harm among youth within the justice system. Eligible suicide prevention programs may target youth as they are taken into the juvenile justice system, as they go through court proceedings, or after they are placed into the system's care. Up to $500,000 is awarded to successful applicants. Eligible recipients include nonprofit organizations and educational institutions as well as government agencies, small businesses, and for-profit organizations.

Additional Resources for Finding Appropriate Grants

If you are looking for a grant to fund a suicide prevention initiative and do not qualify for the programs listed above, check out these additional resources:

  • The website allows you to search federal grant opportunities by category, agency, or eligibility.
  • The NEA Foundation awards grants for student achievement, learning, and leadership initiatives to educators who are NEA members.
  • This How to Find and Apply for Educational Grants lesson offers guidance on locating additional grants.

To learn more about the different types of federal grants available and how they are awarded, you can also study these short lessons on block grants, categorical grants, and project grants.

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