Internal Deadline
Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022


The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is a collaborative fund that provides timely resources to organizations that focus on the mental health and well-being of adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ in the United States—populations that face urgent needs during the pandemic but too often lack access to the care they need.

The Upswing Fund is currently accepting applications for two types of grants. Applicants may apply to one type of grant only:

  • Surge Capacity: Provide immediate resources to direct-service organizations that provide mental healthcare to adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+.

  • Systems Enabler: Provide resources to organizations to surface innovative approaches for adolescent mental health services that make more resilient systems to enable access to care.

Each organization may submit only one application for either Surge Capacity or Systems Enabler grants.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: Nov. 2, 2020
  • Nov. 16: Last date to apply for Systems Enabler Grants
  • Dec. 4: Last date to apply for Surge Capacity Grants (Please note: Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all funds are disbursed)
Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive a grant from The Upswing Fund, your organization must be certified as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS and serve adolescents (ages 10-18) who are of color and/or LGBTQ+.

Additional eligibility information is below:

Eligible organizations are:

  • Non-profit, outpatient clinics which offer in-person or virtual mental health,
  • Community-based organizations or community centers providing mental and emotional support,
  • Digital health services,
  • After school programs and school-based mental health services,
  • Mobile crisis programs.
Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  1. Title
  2. Duke PI Name
  3. Duke PI Contact Information
  4. Duke PI Affiliations: List departmental, center, or other unit affiliations
  5. Grant type:  Surge Capacity or Systems Enabler
  6. 500 word project description based on grant type you wish to pursue:
    • Surge Capacity grants provide immediate funding to direct-service organizations that provide mental healthcare to adolescents, especially those who are of color and/or LGBTQ+. Funding may be used for general operating support, including bringing on additional clinical and/or program staff to direct-service organizations. Explain how your organization will use grant funding to support your efforts to deliver mental health services to adolescents, especially those who are of color and/or LGBTQ+. Please also share your organization's intended impact as a result of this funding.  


    • Systems Enabler grants provide resources to organizations to support innovative approaches in adolescent mental health services that make more resilient systems to enable access to care. A systems enabler is an inclusive, forward-thinking organization with a game-changing program or project focused on transforming mental health for adolescents. Systems Enabler grants fund specific projects within an organization. State which of the following key areas best describe your project's focus and describe your project’s purpose, intended impacts, and future vision (focus on immediate needs in the coming 12 months): 
      • Efforts to expand the formal mental health workforce.
      • Mental health service integration in schools, colleges, universities, and other community-based organizations.
      • Efforts to expand the use of digital tools or telehealth services, including enabling device or internet access for individuals to access telehealth platforms or a solution focused on the overall integration of software/technology-enabled services with clinical care.
      • Public financing of mental health services.
      • Stigma reduction and mental health awareness.


Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN):

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

Funding Type