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The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health is sustained through collaboration with donors and partners who share a common goal of improving the mental health and well-being of adolescents, particularly who are of color and/or LGBTQ+.

If you are interested in partnering with The Upswing Fund, contact Jennifer Cho at jennifer.cho@panoramaglobal.org.

Collaborative Funders

For individuals or organizations interested in contributing funds to enhancing the adolescent mental health ecosystem.

Strategic Partnerships

For individuals or organizations interested in contributing to The Fund’s mission by means other than financial contributions.

The Upswing Fund was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on youth and adolescents across the country, especially for adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ who need mental healthcare.

As a collaborative fund, The Upswing Fund aggregates philanthropic support to achieve greater impact and leverages donor giving to scale proven interventions, accelerate innovation, and advance critical efforts to create policy change to expand the availability of mental health support.

Our donors share a commitment to The Upswing Fund’s strategic grantmaking as informed by our independent expert Advisory Committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Upswing Fund is seeded by Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates to advance social progress in the United States. The Fund is powered by Panorama, an action tank committed to solving pressing global problems.

Through Surge Capacity Grants, The Upswing Fund aims to immediately increase capacity for mental health providers serving adolescents of who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ to ensure that more adolescents have access to quality mental healthcare. The Fund will enable grantees to provide care by:

  • Achieving short-term programmatic and organizational goals
  • Increasing capacity to treat more adolescents
  • Enabling the procurement of technology and telehealth resources to deploy teletherapy services as a response to COVID-19
  • Facilitating a marked impact on the youth they serve, determined by an increase in the amount of therapy sessions as well as improvement in adolescent patients’ mental health as measured by evidence-based surveys

Systems Enabler grants provide resources to organizations to surface innovative approaches in adolescent mental health services that make more resilient systems to enable access to care. A systems enabler is an inclusive, forward-thinking organization with a game-changing program or project focused on transforming mental health for adolescents. Systems Enabler Grants will be awarded to address these key focus areas:

  • Efforts to expand the formal mental health workforce
  • Mental health service integration in schools and/or other community-based organizations
  • Expanded use of digital tools or telehealth services
  • Public financing of mental health services

The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health was launched to respond to a pressing national need to improve mental healthcare for adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+. These populations of adolescents have significantly more stigma and more daunting barriers to accessing care than others.

The Upswing Fund has a request for proposal open for two types of grants: Surge Capacity Grants will provide immediate resources to direct-service organizations and Systems Enabler grants will provide resources to organizations surfacing innovative approaches for adolescent mental health services. Eligible grant recipients must be serving or benefitting the Fund’s target populations ages 10–18 years and be certified as 501(c)(3) by the IRS.

To learn more about the specific eligibility requirements of each grant type, please visit our For Grant Seekers page.

The Upswing Fund aims to immediately increase capacity for mental health providers serving adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ to ensure that more adolescents have access to quality mental healthcare. The Fund will enable grantees to provide care by:

  • Achieving short-term programmatic and organizational goals
  • Increasing capacity to treat more adolescents
  • Enabling the procurement of technology and telehealth resources to deploy teletherapy services as a response to COVID-19
  • Facilitating a marked impact on the youth they serve, determined by an increase in the amount of therapy sessions as well as improvement in adolescent patients’ mental health as measured by evidence-based surveys