Youth Mental Health Collaborative

Partnerships for Prevention & Early Intervention


Sand Hill Foundation is pleased to announce The Wellness Partnership: Improving Systems for Youth Mental Health, a new grant program within our Health & Opportunity portfolio. Holistic support for young people on the Peninsula has been a priority for Sand Hill Foundation since 1995, with over $29 million contributed to local physical, emotional, and mental health programs serving children and families.

“Supporting young people’s mental health requires a comprehensive approach, engaging trained professionals, and high-quality services at every level of care.”
— Susan Ford Dorsey, Sand Hill Foundation President

Through our Health & Opportunity portfolio, we fund organizations that envision a better future for low-income individuals and families by providing local residents with pathways to health and wellness, educational opportunity, and economic stability.  Our grantmaking reflects our deep commitment to the people and the place we call home, focusing our funding locally in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County.

This new grant program has been inspired by the local community’s recent efforts to share knowledge and build efficiencies across a fragmented system of youth mental healthcare. Funding will be provided to improve the coordination and accessibility of prevention and early intervention efforts among local organizations that support young people.

Funding from The Wellness Partnership grant program will be available through a competitive Request for Proposals process on an annual basis for four years, beginning in 2018.  Grants will range from $50,000 to $200,000 per year. We will consider requests for up to two years of initial funding, with the option to reapply for two subsequent years.

The deadline for proposals through our on-line system is May 11, 2018 at 5pm.  Grant award announcements will be made in June 2018.

Click here for the Request for Proposals that outlines the initial grantmaking process for this new program, including eligibility, expected outcomes, and submission instructions. An informational webinar was held February 26, 2018 to introduce The Wellness Partnership. Click here to view a recording of the webinar, which includes a Q+A about the application process.

Ready to apply? Download our Application Overview to help prepare your proposal and review submission instructions. Please contact Julia Damon with any questions.

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Our Logo Inspiration Constellations represent many bright lights coming together to form a whole. We chose a constellation as inspiration for The Wellness Partnership with this concept in mind. Young people today have many different places and people they look to for guidance. Our hope is to build lasting connections across those support systems, ultimately strengthening our community as a whole.

The Wellness Partnership VisionWe believe if the resources were more coordinated and accessible to support prevention and early intervention (PEI) efforts, such as screenings for anxiety and depression, more young people would receive the appropriate level of support when they need it, leading to optimal health and wellness.