Mental Health Focus
After the Morgan family faced challenge after challenge while searching for mental health treatment for their son, Peg committed to help other families, just like hers, and their loved ones living with mental illness.
And she wanted to Think Big.
Today, thanks to Peg’s guidance, our primary focus is on programs and projects addressing chronic, severe, and episodic mental illness, and improving the lives of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI).
At Peg’s Foundation, here’s what SMI means:
Serious Mental Illness (SMI): A chronic mental illness causing impairments that interfere with an individual’s ability to function within their family or society. The illness may have dangerous consequences, and we remain guided by the fact that schizophrenia was the primary illness impacting Peg’s family.
Peg’s Foundation believes in relevant and innovative—and at times disruptive—ideas to improve access to care and treatment for the seriously mentally ill.
Together, we strive to promote the implementation of a stronger, more effective, compassionate, and inclusive health care system for all.
Mental Health Grants
The Foundation accepts grant applications from these 18 northeast Ohio counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne.
Here are some example goals that potential grantees may find helpful to consider:
Supporting the person and family by improving the care they receive during all points of the illness, with specific goals like:
- Enhancing the quality of life, resulting in long-term, consumer driven supports for employment, education, housing, medical care, socialization, and transportation
- Providing engagement, stabilization, and resilience, improving function and helping consumers become more self-sufficient
- Reducing long-term dependence on care systems and increasing hope for wellness at all points of illness
Engaging stakeholders for improving the care delivery system, with solutions including:
- Programs resulting in holistic, integrated, and cost-effective solutions for addressing system gaps
- Projects providing basic needs and minimizing instances of crisis
- Creative solutions, new ideas, evidence-based practices, and collaborative efforts for nurturing high levels of recovery
Empowering all to improve public understanding and compassion, with initiatives that:
- Engage leaders and change agents, disrupting the status quo, accelerating knowledge sharing, informing policy discussion, and rewarding impact
- Deepen mental health knowledge, increasing public understanding, and building an effective mental health workforce
- Advance mental health literacy by promoting early identification of mental disorders, reducing stigma, and enhancing help-seeking behaviors
Learn more about our Grant Process
Mental Health Initiatives
Education, a staple throughout our founder Peg’s life and a personal passion of hers, is another focus and key results area for the foundation.
Peg’s Foundation reserves funding for qualifying initiatives that are important in the area of pre- and primary education throughout Summit County. We do not solicit proposals for educational funding opportunities.
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Peg envisioned a vibrant and enriching society with strong public awareness and engagement in the arts. And today, we work to bring her vision to life.
Peg’s Foundation provides grant opportunities for programs, special projects, performances, and operations within Summit County. We do not typically fund capital campaigns, including building or general fundraising efforts.
Requests for arts-related grants are reviewed once per year, with applications accepted each fall and grant decisions made the following spring.