Tampa Bay Community Fund for Mental Health, created in 2022 to continue the work of the Tampa Bay Foundation for Mental Health, is dedicated to raising funds for mental health efforts including the support of other nonprofit organizations, advocacy, and education programs. The Tampa Bay Community Fund for Mental Health promotes the acceptance and inclusion of those dealing with mental health-related issues by improving support for this population throughout the Tampa Bay Area.
We are currently seeking partnerships that will serve to bolster our strengths and support our mission by pooling available resources. These partnerships will include collaboration with other organizations, hospitals, clinics, and businesses. We also offer seed grants to qualified individuals and teams who seek funding for the initial stages of research projects. Applications will be reviewed by our team and funding will be determined based on the quality, feasibility, and applicability of the proposed work to our mission.
In August 2015, Tampa Museum of Art piloted the Connections Program for members of our community experiencing dementia, depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder. This program partners with the University of South Florida Honors College to train undergraduate students in their junior and senior years to serve as docents, guiding these groups and their care partners through the museum as part of a 2-3 hour program designed to improve patient and caregiver quality of life, reduce perceived stigma, and provide a safe space for them to experience the beauty of the museum. USF Honors students receive didactic training and choose faculty mentors with whom to conduct their honors thesis work as part of this program. Since its initiation in November 2015, Connections has experienced great success and has been awarded additional funding so that it may continue and expand to include a greater population of patients and care partners.
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