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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

The CMHA application period for the 2024 Grants is now open!

2024 Proposal Applications open May 1, 2023. 

Deadline is August 1, 2023, 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Off-cycle requests will not be considered.

SCCAP aims 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 these goals. In the 2023 Funding Cycle, we are particularly interested in applications that promote anti-racism efforts to achieve equity in mental health and developmental outcomes for children and adolescents in diverse communities.

We invite applications at two levels.

  • Service Awards are intended to extend existing programs, support pilot initiatives, or fund training opportunities or other programs aligned with SCCAP’s mission.
    • Programs and projects that advance the mission of SCCAP will be prioritized over research projects.
    • Applicants are encouraged to be creative with their proposals. Examples of potential projects include but are 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.
    • The target funding allotment for each program is up to $5,000 with requests larger than $5,000 requiring strong additional justification.
    • Service Award projects are expected to be completed within one year.
  • Innovation Awards are intended to provide financial support for high risk, high reward programs or projects for which other funding would be difficult to secure.
    • Innovation Award applications will be judged primarily on potential innovation and impact.
    • Projects with potential to impact youth mental health broadly – whether directly or through programs for clinicians – will be prioritized.
    • The target funding allotment for each program is up to $25,000 with requests larger than $25,000 requiring strong additional justification.
    • Innovation Award projects are expected to be completed within two years.

SCCAP encourages and welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds with respect to age, disability, gender, geography, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.


  1. Non-profit organizations, and programs from the public or private sector that are not intended for personal gain or profit are eligible for funding. Payments must be made to an organization, not an individual. Organizations and programs must be domiciled in the United States of America.
  2. Students’ research proposals and doctoral dissertations are not eligible for consideration. We encourage students to seek student-focused funding from SCCAP.
  3. Funding requests for CODAPAR or any initiative with another division or group should be proposed through the Child Mental Health in Action program. The processes and evaluation criteria for both on- and off-cycle requests apply. SCCAP’s Commitment to the CODAPAR proposal is voided if APA does not award the CODAPAR grant. If the proposing group would like to continue with the project, they may reapply through CHMA.
  4. Travel expenses will be considered on an individual basis, but must be strongly justified relative to the aims of the proposal.
  5. Requests for the purposes of lobbying will not be considered.
  6. Indirect, and Facilities and Administrative (F & A) costs for the project will not be covered by CMHA funds. Salary support will be considered as one element when evaluating the Budget proposal.
  7. Current SCCAP Board Members are not individually eligible.
  8. 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. If awarded a grant, failure to submit the Program Accountability form at the completion of the project will result in the principal applicant and their project being ineligible for future funding. This form describes the outcomes of your project.

Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the mission of SCCAP
  • Supportive of diversity, equity, inclusion
  • Impact of the project, either to youth with mental health concerns and/or to SCCAP members
  • Ability of the team to successfully conduct the project
  • Proposed timeline
    1. It is expected that proposed projects be completed within the funded period. However, projects with longer timelines may be considered on an individual basis
  • Budget (e.g., efficiency of resources, evidence of other funding resources) and likely return on investment

Selection Process:

  1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered
  2. Proposals will be reviewed by the CMHA Committee and voted on by the SCCAP Board of Directors
  3. Funding will begin January/February 2024. Decisions for 2024 funding will be announced prior to the year’s end 2023.
  4. Applications will be reviewed and scored by a pool of SCCAP Fellows and Committee Members.  Due to the number of applications, individual meetings before the application is submitted are not feasible.

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