Woodruff Foundation Grant

Woodruff Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT, Dec 15, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Location of residency: Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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NOTE: The Foundation will consider requests for support of capital and/or program expenses, but because of the challenges associated with the COVID-19 virus, it will also, for the remainder of 2020, consider requests for general operating support from past grantees whose core mission aligns with the Woodruff Foundation’s interests in behavioral health.

Woodruff Foundation Grant

Earlier this year, the Woodruff Foundation engaged a consultant to conduct multiple focus groups with area behavioral health agencies to better understand how the Foundation could be most helpful and supportive during this period of behavioral health redesign and transition into managed care. Across all organizations - regardless of size, population served and services provided - the clear consensus was that the Woodruff Foundation could be most helpful by providing transitional supports to help agencies navigate this critical period of change.

As a result, the Woodruff Foundation Board of Trustees elected to temporarily modify the Foundation's grantmaking priorities. For the remainder of 2017, the Foundation will prioritize requests seeking transitional supports. Examples of some types of projects that the Foundation will consider include: 

  • Staff Training 
  • Workflow Analysis
  • Systems Optimization Studies/Implementation
  • IT/Financial Systems Upgrades
  • Shared Services Implementation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Collaboration/Strategic Alliance Planning

Agencies may still submit requests that align with the Woodruff Foundation's traditional focus areas of integration of care, coordination of resources in the community, prevention and education and research. However, the Foundation believes its resources can have a larger impact on the local behavioral health network during this critical time by giving preference to requests seeking transitional supports. 

The Woodruff Foundation welcomes grant requests from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, whose work addresses behavioral health through the following focus areas:

  • treatment
  • education and prevention
  • coordination of resources in the community
  • research
  • advocacy

Grants will generally be awarded on a one-year basis. The Woodruff Foundation's general policy is to make only one grant per year directly to an organization. The Foundation does, however, encourage collaboration and partnership among its grantees. The Foundation will consider joint requests from partner agencies, even if one of the partner agencies has already received a grant individually or plans to submit a separate request.


Treatment -Interventions to address mild, moderate, and severe mental illness and addiction. Includes medication management, therapy, counseling, case management, vocational supports, housing, peer support, and recreation.

Education - Efforts to train new behavioral health workers and provide professional development to those working in the field. Also, efforts to instill knowledge about mental health and mental illness and drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general public or in specific at-risk groups. 

Prevention - Programs to prevent risky behaviors, to enhance strengths, or to develop competencies that can help to impede further development of mental illness and/or addiction. 

Coordination of Resources - The process through which providers or systems are brought into partnership in order to improve access and/or quality of care.

Research - Systematic investigation of questions related to any aspect of mental health, mental illness, or addiction.

Collaboration - Work conducted jointly by two or more organizations or stakeholders. Examples of collaboration might include joint program development, shared staffing, programs to establish shared purchasing, one organization training another to deliver certain interventions, mergers, or consolidations.

Advocacy - Initiatives designed to impact the development of policies that promote and/or increase access to behavioral health care for residents of Cuyahoga County. This can include general advocacy work, research intended to educate policy makers or for a specific advocacy project. The Foundation cannot grant funds specifically for lobbying.

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


  • The Foundation will consider requests for support of capital or program expenses. 
  • Your organization or your program must:
    • be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code
    • be consistent with one of our four focus areas:
      • Treatment;
      • Education & Prevention;
      • Coordination of Resources in the Community; or
      • Research
    • be located in Cuyahoga County
    • have submitted an interim or final report on any previous grants before a new request can be considered


  • Currently, the Foundation prioritizes efforts that improve collaboration among agencies or between systems and/or that integrate behavioral health with primary care.
  • For the remainder of 2017, the Foundation will prioritize requests seeking transitional support. 


  • Requests for emergency cashflow assistance will not be considered.
  • The Foundation does not consider requests for general operating expenses, endowment, scholarships, fellowships, annual fund raising campaigns, or general solicitations for funds.