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New Grants Foster Community Dialogue on Mental Health Issues

The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), through its Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative, has announced grant funding for community-based organizations and/or government service providers in small or rural counties. The grant program will help foster understanding of mental health issues through “community dialogue” events that bring together opinion leaders, business owners, health care professionals, law enforcement officials, educators, family members, and people who have experienced the effects of stigma and discrimination because of mental health challenges.

As a starting point for community discussion, grantee groups will view an upcoming documentary produced by Sacramento public broadcasting station KVIE, set to air on PBS stations statewide in May. Grant applications outlining collaborative efforts, the hosting of multiple community dialogue events, events that reach multiple small counties, and/or direct and focused contact with community decision-makers will be eligible for grants of up to $30,000. Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded for applications that outline a single event. Intent to apply and questions are due Friday, March 29. Final applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, May 3. Applications are available at  Questions and correspondence should be directed to