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.
Types of Grants
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 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.
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.
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: