We seek to partner with innovative, inclusive and holistic initiatives that aim to make mental well-being accessible to the most marginalized communities and persons.

We prefer to fund

  • Organizations/ collectives led by persons from marginalized communities
  • Programs related to mental health and climate change
  • Programs/ research related to suicide prevention

Types of Grants

Program development
Continuing Support
Grants to activists / Collectives
Matching Support
Operating Support
Capacity Building
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Our funding priorities

MHI's core funding emphasis is on creating a well-rounded mental health ecosystem. We are interested in working with organizations and collectives that are invested in addressing needs – especially of variously marginalized communities – and using innovative methodologies to promote mental health and well-being.

We prefer to fund:

  • Organizations/ collectives without any existing institutional funder, foreign or domestic (an institutional funder is any philanthropy, foundation, funding agency, or CSR support)
  • Organizations/ collectives led by persons from marginalized communities
  • Organizations/ collectives in marginalized/low-resource geographical regions within India (i.e. Northeast region, Bihar, Jharkhand, J&K, etc ). Preference is given to organizations outside of Maharashtra, West Bengal and Karnataka.

360 ° Approach

We believe in a mental health ecosystem that addresses mental health concerns holistically, using five pillars: creating awareness; quality training; effective service delivery; a robust referral system; ongoing research.

Community-Based, People-Driven

Mental health and well-being require practices other than the prevailing models of blanket institutionalization and medicalization. We are looking for organizations informed by this premise, and working to evolve diverse methodologies.

Universal Access

We believe that mental well-being is a universal concern and that mental health services must, therefore be made accessible to marginalize persons and communities.

Demystification and Erasing Stigma

These are important strategies for encouraging people to access mental health resources, and to create a more open climate in which to talk about mental health.

Grant making for potential partner projects

Potential applicants must acquaint themselves with MHI's funding philosophy as outlined in these documents:

Application Guidelines

Basic Outline Email grants@mariwalahealthinitiative.org with an outline of the proposed project.
Project proposal & plan Once MHI has expressed interest, a detailed project proposal, an implementation plan with performance metrics, and a detailed budget is required, along with information about the applying organization.
Project Approval If accepted, the formal agreement between the parties will include the activities and indicators agreed upon, as well as the budgetary commitments to be met and reporting processes to be fulfilled by the applicant partner.

Project Phase

Progress Reports Partners must submit quarterly, or six-monthly, progress and financial reports. These would include targets met, descriptions of challenges and how these were mitigated, and activity outcomes.
Final Reports At the end of the grant period, organizations must submit a final project report and a final financial report.
External Evaluation & Future Plans A project evaluation report would be prepared by an external agency, based on previously agreed upon terms. The partner organization would be asked to detail if, and how, in the absence of the MHI grant, it plans to implement project goals in the future.