Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health
Grantmaking since 2005, leadership in the evolution of behavioral healthcare for 200 years.
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Approach to Grantmaking

The following narrative is intended to guide grant requests by describing the Foundation’s guiding vision, priorities for evaluating grant requests, and procedures for submitting requests.


The Foundation is guided by the vision to “be Thomas Scattergood” for our time, driven by a disruptive sense of purpose to challenge and change how behavioral healthcare is viewed, organized and practiced.


The Foundation seeks grants that are consistent with its vision. In addition, grant requests should meet one or more of the following priorities.  While recognizing that some priorities may not be relevant to the request at hand, the Grants Committee expects applicants to demonstrate their ability to address the letter and spirit of the following priorities.

  • Viability:  The Foundation seeks activities that reasonably promise to become economically independent and viable, or are otherwise replicable.
  • Collaboration:  The Foundation believes that grant recipients can better propagate its vision by acting on a collaborative basis.  In specific, we expect that recipients will invest their own resources, leverage additional third party funds, and/or partner with other organizations in the implementation of the grant.  In addition, collaboration in the development of the grant concept and sharing or propagation of the results is valued.
  • Innovation:  The Foundation seeks activities that are innovative and additive to the field of behavioral health.
  • Leadership:   The Foundation believes that development of the behavioral health field requires leadership and seeks requests that nurture and develop individual or institutional leadership, promote reasoned advocacy and de-stigmatization in the field.
  • Impact:  The Foundation expects activities to have measurable performance outcomes that improve health care, impact public policies including systemic reform, or promote knowledge and understanding.
  • Integration:  The Foundation seeks grants that promote integration of behavioral health services into the community and the larger healthcare delivery system in the belief that this will improve outcomes of both physical and behavioral health.
  • Workforce Development:  Recognizing that quality behavioral health service delivery depends on a sufficient pool of trained professionals, the Foundation seeks grants that promote workforce development throughout the system including policy development and administration, and direct service delivery.
  • Cultural Competence: The U.S. Surgeon General is clear that behavioral health services are culturally relative, a fact that is inadequately addressed in our current system.  The Foundation seeks opportunities to develop the understanding of and capacity for cultural competence including building service systems that recognize, incorporate, practice, and value cultural diversity.

Application PROCESS:

The Foundation seeks grant opportunities through the pro-active initiative of the Board and President and will invite applications from potential recipients where we see extraordinary opportunity and fit with our mission and vision.  

1. Letter of Inquiry:

To submit a letter of inquiry: 

1. Create an account and organizational profile within our online grant system hosted by Foundant.

2. Complete and submit the LOI for your desired support opportunity. 

The Foundation staff reviews LOI's quarterly and presents them to the grants committee. The Foundation staff will respond to all inquiries within the online grant system. 

2. Proposal:

If an LOI is approved then the applicant will receive access to the full online application package for formal submission to the Grants Committee.   The Grants Committee holds regularly scheduled meetings on a quarterly basis and on as need basis. Approval of the LOI will take place within the online grant system,

Helpful resources & tips about Our Process

Foundant Online System

You can review this Software Registration Video:

You can review this Software Application Video:

While you can save your proposal on-line before submitting it, and then revisit it an unlimited number of times to edit and add to it you may find it easier to: 1) create the proposal content in a word document and cut & paste the responses into the question fields and/or 2) line up all the required attachments you will need to submit in advance.

Required attachments
  • Project Budget
  • List of Board of Directors
  • Most Recent Completed Audit
  • Most Recent Completed IRS Form 990
  • Commitment Letters from Other Funders (if applicable)
  • Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement Letter (if applicable)
  • Fiscal Sponsor Most Recent Completed Audit (if applicable)
  • Three OPTIONAL attachments of work products (reports, press clippings, written evaluations, and reports) that you feel highlight and reflect organization's work. Be judicious in selection of attachments, and include representative products versus the entire collection of work products associated with this grant. 
indirect rate
The range of rates allowed under the foundation’s policy for academic institutions is 0-8% depending on the grantee type, scope of work, and the level of matching financial commitment from the academic institution. A grantee or contractor with an actual indirect cost rate lower than the maximum rate provided above should not increase the funding request to the maximum allowed. The Foundation defines indirect costs as general overhead and administrative expenses that support the entire operations of a grantee and may be shared across projects. Examples include facilities expenses, (e.g. rent, utilities, equipment, and associated information systems) and support and administrative staff such as human resources, general finance, accounting, information technology, and legal.