Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are launching the Healthy Relationships Community Grants initiative to address positive relationship health, with self and others. The initiative will focus on three distinct areas: supporting programs that build and improve mental health resiliency among vulnerable populations, improving relationship skills of the next generation, as well as programs designed to strengthen and provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence today.
MLB and MLBPA will jointly award $3 million in funding over 2020 and 2021, and U.S.-based nonprofit and global non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply for localized support in the key areas listed below.
Healthy Relationships Community Grants - Key Areas
Funds may be used to support general operating or programmatic expenses, that aim to:
- Build and improve relationship skills of the next generation as a prevention strategy. Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Educate the public (with a preference for youth populations) on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships as it relates to inter-personal violence (e.g., intimate partner, family, or teen dating violence) as part of prevention and awareness efforts (e.g., Create, produce and distribute PSAs with relevant content and call to action, Conference/events with a focus on education)
- Support existing or introduce new programming on how to break the cycle of violence
- Build and improve mental health resiliency for vulnerable populations. Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provide greater access to quality mental health services and wellness programs
- Preventative programs designed to reduce suicide, suicidal ideations and self-harm
- Training programs for mental health professionals working with vulnerable populations
- School or community-based interventions for vulnerable populations
- Strengthen and provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence. Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Capacity building to support organizational mission
- Mental health services for survivors of domestic violence
- Assist survivors in rebuilding their lives (e.g., professional skills and life skills workshops, Additional education and support materials to improve employee readiness/workplace development skills)
- Advocacy efforts to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
Nonprofits and NGOs may apply for up to $50,000 in funding. MLB Club charities and Major League players are also encouraged to apply for up to $25,000, as part of a matching gifts program, whereas MLB Clubs and players must provide documentation of direct funding and commitment to the issue.
Criteria and Requirements
Organizations may apply for funding in one or more of the following categories - Mental Health Resiliency, Relationship Skills, Survivors of Domestic Violence. Grant applications will be evaluated based on assessment of the following criteria.
- Population Served
- Organizational/Program Alignment to Key Grantmaking Areas
- Organizational Strength
- Online application submission and corresponding requested attachments, listed below. Please label attachments clearly.
- Organization's most recent financial statement, audited if available. This statement should reflect actual expenditures and funds received during your most recent fiscal year.
- Aligned side by side on the same page, organization's operating expense budgets for the current and most recent fiscal year.
- A list of foundation and corporate supporters, with amounts, for your current and most recent fiscal year.
- If program funding is requested:
- Current expense budget for the program.
- A list of all sources of income toward the program, actual and prospective with amounts.
- A list of your Board of Directors, with their affiliations.
- Written confirmation of nonprofit or tax-exempt status from the appropriate governmental agency (e.g., IRS determination letter). Note that 501(c)(3) organizations and also tax-exempt organizations (i.e. municipalities, school districts) are eligible to apply.
Healthy Relationships Community Grants Calendar
Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly grant cycle based on the following schedule.
This contribution represents an ongoing commitment by MLB and the MLBPA to provide joint support to causes that assist vulnerable populations, which has historically included disaster relief and recovery financial assistance, and human trafficking prevention efforts.
Healthy Relationships Community Grants applications must follow the required format and include all specified information in the designated order. (Organizations may review the application before applying online.) Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration. Applicants will be notified by e-mail as to the status of their proposal. For questions regarding the grant program, please e-mail [email protected]