Funding Opportunity

Building Together: Equitable Systems for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health

Perigee Fund is excited to announce our first national Request for Proposals (RFP), “Building Together: Equitable Systems for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health.” Through Building Together, Perigee seeks to fund the systems change necessary for more babies and families to access mental health supports. Because mental health challenges during pregnancy and the earliest years of life have been systemically under-resourced, and because families receive support from many sectors, efforts to improve access to prenatal-to-age-3 mental health services benefit from a systems change approach. This RFP seeks proposals from those who are working to increase family access to publicly funded mental health services by weaving together policy, financing, workforce development, and practice change. Grants are not intended to fund direct services.

Overview

Perigee Fund invites existing collaboratives that are working to increase family access to maternal, infant, and early childhood mental health supports to apply for grant funding. 

While the mental health crisis in the U.S. is urgent and widespread, Perigee Fund sees many reasons for hope. Collaborative efforts across the country are working to improve equitable access to mental health supports. Policy changes have created new local, state, and federal funding streams for maternal, infant, and early childhood mental health. More prenatal-to-age-3 mental health organizations exist now than ever before, and more services are culturally rooted and address mental health inequities. Undergirding this positive change is a rise in new champions for prenatal-to-age-3 mental health in communities and across sectors like healthcare, early care and education, and behavioral health.

So much of this progress is possible because determined groups of people have come together to prioritize the mental health of prenatal-to-age-3 families. While some of these efforts are better resourced than others, almost all are under-resourced. 

As a national funder that plans to eventually sunset, Perigee’s investments in state and regional efforts will be time-limited. Building Together is intended to add unique value and flexibility at a time of great need and opportunity. Our goal is to accelerate and deepen the progress of existing efforts, so that the changes they are working toward for children and families are better positioned to endure. 

Request for Proposal Highlights

  • Building Together seeks to fund the systems change necessary for more babies and families to access mental health supports.
  • Each grantee will receive up to $250,000 total across a 2-year period.
  • Up to eight (8) total applicants will be awarded funding.
  • Opportunities for technical assistance (TA) and meeting with peers will be provided.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Building Together RFP, applicants should have the following characteristics:

  • Represent a group or collaborative of at least five or more multi-sector partners. At least one government or public sector partner should be involved with the group’s work. 
  • One member of the group must be willing and able to serve as the lead applicant and fiscal intermediary for the proposal and grant, if awarded.
  • Have two or more years of experience working together on prenatal-to-age-3 mental health systems change with both past accomplishments and future goals. 
  • Center the priorities, lived experience, and voices of prenatal-to-age-3 families and providers.
  • Be working at the state, territory, large regional/city (1 million+ population), or tribal level in the U.S. or U.S. territories.
    • Washington-state-based efforts are not eligible for this funding, as Perigee Fund grantmaking is already directed towards maternal, infant, and early childhood mental health systems change in Washington. 

For a full list of eligibility criteria, please reference the RFP, available for download below.

Request for Proposals

Expression of Interest


Request Translated Documents

The deadline to request translated materials is Monday, July 8 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please allow two weeks of turnaround time.

Information Session:

Thursday, June 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT. 

An optional info session for prospective applicants will include an overview of the RFP and submission requirements. Live interpretation will be provided in Spanish, and is available in additional languages for those who register by noon, June 17th, and specify their preferred language during registration. There will be ample time to ask questions during the session. 

A recording and FAQ will be posted after the session for those who cannot attend in real time. 

Key Dates

  • Friday, July 26, 2024 | Brief Expressions of Interest (EOIs) due for all interested applicants 
  • End of August 2024 | Between 12 and 20 finalists invited to interview and complete a full proposal
  • September – October 2024 | Finalists complete interviews and proposals
  • November 2024 | Applicants notified; awards made
  • December 2024 – December 2026 | Grant period

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