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Child Mental Health in Action Funding

Call for Funding Applications through the SCCAP Child Mental Health in Action Program

Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants

2020 Proposal Deadline: November 1, 2019

The purpose of SCCAP is to support the development and advancement of clinical child and adolescent psychology through integration of its scientific and professional aspects. SCCAP promotes scientific inquiry, training, professional practice, and public policy in clinical child and adolescent psychology as a means of improving the welfare and mental health of children, youth, and families in the context of a diverse society. In the service of these goals, SCCAP promotes the general objectives of the American Psychological Association.

SCCAP invites applications that are well-aligned with its mission. Funds are intended for programs that advance this mission.

The target funding allotment for each program is between $1,000-$5,000 with requests larger than $5,000 requiring strong additional justification.


  1. Applicants are encouraged to be creative with their proposals. Examples of potential projects include but not limited to activities such as hosting a regional conference, developing and disseminating professional training opportunities, APA CODAPAR initiatives, and efforts to improve community outreach.
  2. Non-profit organizations, and programs from the public or private sector that are not intended for personal gain or profit are eligible for funding.
  3. Students’ research proposals and doctoral dissertations are not eligible for consideration. We encourage students to seek student-focused funding from SCCAP. In general, programs and projects that advance the mission of SCCAP will be prioritized over research projects
  4. It is expected that proposed projects be completed within the funded period. However, projects with longer timelines may be considered on an individual basis.
  5. Joint proposals with other organizations will be considered, including CODAPAR projects.
  6. Travel expenses will be considered on an individual basis, but must be strongly justified relative to the aims of the proposal.
  7. Requests for the purposes of lobbying will not be considered.
  8. Current SCCAP Board Members are not individually eligible. Priority will be given to applications that have not been previously submitted. Previously supported projects by SCCAP must include strong justification for continued funding, including incremental contributions of the application and related innovations.
  9. SCCAP membership is required for the principal applicant on the application.
  10. The organization/group funded agrees to acknowledge SCCAP funding in marketing and related materials. SCCAP will work with the group to identify appropriate strategies.
  11. Failure to submit the Program Accountability form will result in the principal applicant and his/her project being ineligible for funding in the next year’s cycle.

Award Evaluation Criteria:

Applications and funding decisions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Evaluation of application’s alignment with the mission of SCCAP
  2. Evaluation of merit and potential for innovation
  3. Evaluation of personnel, key activities, proposed timeline, and feasibility
  4. Evaluation of budget (e.g., efficiency of resources, evidence of other funding resources) and likely return on investment
  5. Plan for evaluating the impact of the project, particularly in regard to vulnerable populations and/or diverse groups

Selection Process:

Applications are due November 1, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Time

  1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  2. Proposals will be evaluated as follows:
    1. All applications will be evaluated by at least three members of the CMHA Funding Review Committee;
    2. The strongest applications will be presented to the SCCAP Board of Directors at the December meeting for further discussion and evaluation;
    3. If needed, the Review Committee will follow up with the applicant to request additional information, clarification, and/or materials to facilitate review of applications;
    4. Award announcements will be made after the SCCAP Mid-Winter Board Meeting, which typically occurs in January or February.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Canty, SCCAP Director of Operations at


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