Healthy Relationships Community Grants

Major League Baseball

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Next deadline: Sep 1, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Dec 1, 2020 8:59pm PST, Mar 1, 2021 8:59pm PST, Jun 1, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Domestic Violence Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

NOTE: Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly grant cycle.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are launching the Healthy Relationships Community Grants initiative to address positive relationship health, with self and others. The initiative will focus on three distinct areas: supporting programs that build and improve mental health resiliency among vulnerable populations, improving relationship skills of the next generation, as well as programs designed to strengthen and provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence today. 

MLB and MLBPA will jointly award $3 million in funding over 2020 and 2021.

Healthy Relationships Community Grants - Key Areas

Funds may be used to support general operating or programmatic expenses, that aim to:

  • Build and improve relationship skills of the next generation as a prevention strategy. Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Educate the public (with a preference for youth populations) on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships as it relates to inter-personal violence (e.g., intimate partner, family, or teen dating violence) as part of prevention and awareness efforts (e.g., Create, produce and distribute PSAs with relevant content and call to action, Conference/events with a focus on education)
    • Support existing or introduce new programming on how to break the cycle of violence 
  • Build and improve mental health resiliency for vulnerable populations. Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Provide greater access to quality mental health services and wellness programs
    • Preventative programs designed to reduce suicide, suicidal ideations and self-harm 
    • Training programs for mental health professionals working with vulnerable populations
    • School or community-based interventions for vulnerable populations
  • Strengthen and provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence. Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Capacity building to support organizational mission
    • Mental health services for survivors of domestic violence 
    • Assist survivors in rebuilding their lives (e.g., professional skills and life skills workshops, Additional education and support materials to improve employee readiness/workplace development skills) 
    • Advocacy efforts to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking

Nonprofits and NGOs may apply for up to $50,000 in funding. MLB Club charities and Major League players are also encouraged to apply for up to $25,000, as part of a matching gifts program, whereas MLB Clubs and players must provide documentation of direct funding and commitment to the issue.

Criteria and Requirements

Organizations may apply for funding in one or more of the following categories - Mental Health Resiliency, Relationship Skills, Survivors of Domestic Violence. Grant applications will be evaluated based on assessment of the following criteria.

  • Population Served
  • Organizational/Program Alignment to Key Grantmaking Areas
  • Organizational Strength
  • Impact
  • Partnerships/Sustainability

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • U.S.-based nonprofit and global non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply for localized support in the key areas listed above.
    • Note that 501(c)(3) organizations and also tax-exempt organizations (i.e. municipalities, school districts) are eligible to apply