Women’s Fund is challenging our community to disrupt the status quo of systems to create a bold, innovative and sustainable approach to mental health issues and girls.  We will provide a $750,000 grant to the organization who creates the best opportunity to increase mental health services to marginalized girls in our community.


Girls who are typically described as underserved or marginalized (examples include: poverty, race, ethnicity).



  • There are not enough providers to meet the needs of our community.
  • Girls are tolerant of abuse and inappropriate relationships.
  • Girls do not typically act out so problems may be hard to recognize.
  • Children are losing their parents to the opioid crisis.
  • It is not appropriate to separate girls from family systems when providing help.
  • It is difficult for parents to participate in programming due to transportation and/or work issues.
  • The African American community has trust issues with health care providers, compounded by stigma of mental health issues.
  • Self-esteem is low.
  • Social media is a double-edged sword, can be source of tremendous pain and also a great positive resource.
  • Depression and anxiety can manifest in physical pain which can mask the primary problem.
  • Mental health and trauma go hand-in-hand.


  • Prevention/intervention with younger girls.
  • Education.
  • Accessibility.
  • Cost barriers.
  • Trauma informed care.
  • Knowledge of ACES and the impact on programming.
  • Engagement of navigators.
  • Sustainability.
  • Measurable outcomes.
  • Potentially adding a secondary target of girls who come from financially stable families whose use of services could augment the financial sustainability of programming for the core audience. 


Women’s Fund is committed to gender equity and all applicants must meet our general criteria of having gender specific programming and a board that is comprised of at least 50% women (or, a board approved plan for reaching equity within 12 months).

Applicants must certify they do not discriminate in regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical or mental handicap, and veteran status.

Women's Fund believes spirituality is an important component in a woman or girl’s self-development and we recognize that organized religion provides the traction and grounding for spiritual development.  However, Women’s Fund is committed to remaining neutral regarding the choices women and girls make about religious expression, as our donors celebrate many different religions or no religion at all. Therefore, it is our policy not to fund programs that include prayer, the promotion of religion, religious preferences, objectives, education, and/or training. If your organization’s mission statement is religious in nature, you must describe the role that mission and presence has in the grant activities for which you are seeking Women’s Fund support.


Interested applicants should submit a concept paper to Women’s Fund of Central Indiana detailing their knowledge of mental health issues impacting girls, their innovative plans for disrupting the status quo, and demonstrate how they will acknowledge the concerns and considerations noted by Women’s Fund.  It is not imperative for the solution to be inclusive all of the concerns and considerations.  Collaboration is favored but not necessary.

Concept papers should be not more than five pages using normal margins and size 11 font.


Concept papers are due by August 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. (EDT) and should be addressed to: Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, Attn: Mental Health Task Force and emailed to Deanna Duncan at deannad@cicf.org.

Notification of invitation to submit full application by September 28, 2018

Application submission: date to be announced by September 28, 2018


Contact Women’s Fund Grants Officer, Julie Koegel via email: juliek@cicf.org