Applying for an Innovation Grant

Application Information

The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) is proud to present a new opportunity called the Typical or Troubled?® Innovation Grant.  Sites who have already been awarded and implemented the renowned Typical or Troubled?® grant program for at least two school years are eligible. 

APF will provide five grants between $2,500 - $5,000 for school sites to create and implement an innovative tool or add-on educational information that would enhance the effectiveness and outreach of the current Typical or Troubled?® program. We are specifically looking for innovative ideas that could include the development and implementation of products, tools for sites, media, or new technologies.  Deadline for the application is March 31, 2014.  

Here are some ideas of particular interest to the Foundation; however, we welcome other ideas that enhance the program:

  • Creation of short, video vignettes (no more than 2 minutes in length) that models how teachers, other school personnel, or a parent(s) talk to a student/teen about a concern they may have and that utilizes talking tips/language from the handout “Talking to Teens”; along with a corresponding one page tips to accompany the video. 
  • Development and implementation of a social media campaign in identified schools/school districts on the importance of student mental health and connecting those identified schools to help that could be featured in a variety of ways such as in the school newsletter, website, or Facebook page.   This would include an outline of ideas and the educational information that will be used or created (e.g. documents such as the mental health article, or handouts from the Typical or Troubled?® program materials), and a calendar of implementation.  Ideas might range from webinars with school-based experts talking about mental health issues or referrals systems, or students coming up with their own campaign on student mental health.
  • Creation of a Typical or Troubled?® program version for teens/students including a curriculum outline.  This program version might utilize the Typical or Troubled?® slides and other program materials  and also provide adjunct information that would be relevant and targeted towards educating teens about mental health issues and how to “Notice, Talk and Act” to help their peers. Special consideration given to those who come up with creative ways to develop the information (e.g. may want to hold focus groups with students) and share information with the student body. 
  • Identifying opportunities, submitting applications, and presenting at two or more state or community based educational conferences on the Typical or Troubled?® school mental health education program.  (The Foundation has a presentation that could be used that describes the social and scientific basis for the program, provides an in-depth overview of the curriculum and discusses the qualitative and quantitative evaluation, impact and outcomes).  Applicants should show a letter from the conference representative showing evidence of presentation acceptance. 

Where to send applications

If possible, please type your application; this is a fillable PDF file. You must include one original and five copies of your application packet (totaling six). A complete application packet includes the application form, the school information grid, and an executive summary. Deadline for the application is March 31, 2014. All applications must be mailed to the address below. Incomplete applications, or any application sent via email or fax will not be reviewed.

 Colleen Reilly
Typical or Troubled?® Program Consultant
2412 Chain Bridge Road
Washington, DC 20016.   

Many questions will be answered by our Frequently Asked Questions. Additionally, a half hour conference call to answer applicants' questions will be held on March 4, 2014 at 3:30pm (EST) (dial 712-432-0140, participant code 724620). But, if your question remains unanswered, please contact the Foundation.


Timeline for 2014 Innovations Grant applications:

  • Application deadline: March 31, 2014
  • Notification of award: May 6, 2014
    *Upon selection, the primary contact person on the application will be notified by email. 
  • Execution of grant contracts: beginning May 7, 2014
    *A contract to be signed and returned will be mailed. If APF does not hear back from you  within two weeks, your grant fund may be forfeited.
  • Awardees will be mailed grant checks upon receipt of a signed contract
  • Implementation of Innovation Grant programs: 2014 - 2015 school year
  • Evaluation due date: May 15, 2015, or two weeks after program implementation


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