Grants for Christian Counselors

by Sara Harvey

Private foundations and governmental initiatives, on the regional level, are the surest bet for Christian counselors searching for grant money. Providing affordable, accessible and high-quality health care, including mental health care, is a priority in every community. Millions are awarded every year, in almost every region of the United States.

Butterfield Memorial Foundation

The foundation awards grants to Christian nonprofit organizations dedicated to medical and health-related projects with an “actual Christian presence.” The foundation awards grants to organizations primarily in central Oklahoma, with Christian beliefs “in harmony with with tenets of the Free Methodist Church of North America.” A small percentage of grants are awarded outside the primary area, when a local organization shows great need. Butterfield Memorial Foundation 50 Penn Place 1900 NW Expressway, #310 Oklahoma City, OK 73118 405-608-0517 butterfieldfoundation.org

Missouri Foundation for Health Grants

Grants are available for Missouri nonprofit organizations bringing health care to the uninsured and under-served. The Basic Support Grant is one subset of the millions awarded by the MFHG, and bolsters existing salaries, supplies and equipment of existing groups, including Christian counselors and services. The foundation recently awarded a grant to Agape Christian Counseling Services in St. Louis, which provides mental health services to the under-served, according to the "St. Louis Globe-Democrat." Missouri Foundation for Health 1000 St. Louis Union Station, Suite 400 St. Louis, MO 63103 314-345-5500 800-655-5560 mffh.org

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Grants

The foundation awards millions in grants within the 18 counties of western North Carolina. Uses range from the arts, health, environment and education to stimulating the economy. Grants recently were awarded to the All Souls Counseling Center and Mimosa Christian Counseling Center in western North Carolina. The foundation operates in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Suite 1600, The BB&T Building, 1 W. Pack Square P.O. Box 1888 Asheville, NC 28802 828-254-4960 cfwnc.org

The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grants

SAMHSA offers grants to a wide variety of mental health and substance abuse-related organizations and initiatives. The agency operates as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve health services and decrease the harmful effects of substance abuse and mental illness. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 1 Choke Cherry Road Rockville, MD 20857 240-276-1400 samhsa.gov

About the Author

Based in New York City, Sara Harvey has written about the environment, city planning, health and lifestyles since 1994. A former newspaper reporter, she now writes freelance full time. Her work has appeared in "Boho," a New York-based green fashion magazine, and several humor, parenting and business publications. Harvey has a bachelor's degree in print journalism.

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