Helping Hands Grant Program

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American Psychiatric Foundation
Jun 13, 2014

Lindsey McClenathan


The Helping Hands Grant Program provides funding to medical schools for mental health and substance use disorder projects that are created and managed by medical students, particularly in underserved minority communities.

Projects should be designed to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities, particularly those focused on underserved populations; raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and build an interest amongst medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.

Some examples of potential activities include:

  • Outreach and community education about mental health
  • Mental health literacy programs
  • Screenings and referrals in community health centers or homeless shelters

Medical schools are eligible to apply for the grants. All projects must be conducted under the supervision of medical faculty, consisting of at least one physician.

Medical students who participate in the program must be in their second, third or fourth year of medical school at the time they are engaged in community service.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $5,000

Application process

Links to the application and program guidance are available on the program website.

Completed applications should be mailed to:
Lindsey McClenathan
American Psychiatric Foundation
1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209-3901

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Health literacy · Mental health · Substance abuse

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