Beacon of Hope Grant Program

About the Beacon of Hope grant program: Through the Beacon of Hope grant program, the Dave Nee Foundation provides a yearly grant to a deserving organization whose mission aligns with ours in serving to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide. Below, please review the past year’s recipients of the Beacon of Hope Grant. The Beacon of Hope grant program provides a one-time unrestricted grant to an organization whose work promotes an anti-stigma and suicide prevention message aimed at youth.

Our 2015 Grant Cycle is now open and our deadline is extended!

How to Apply: Our grants are given annually through a competitive process. Our grant application form by contacting Katherine Bender at Or by downloading the word document here: Beacon of Hope Grant Application form

Applications are only accepted online at All submissions will be acknowledged.

What organizations are eligible for funding? We fund grassroots, youth-focused non-profits working to end the stigma of mental illness, particularly depression among young people. We are particularly interested in youth designed and led projects, which have a public awareness/media component. We expect our grantees to well managed organizations with professional oversight related to the use of all funds; including annual audits.

What organizations are not eligible for funding? We do not make grants to individuals, building construction or maintenance, schools, or government agencies. We do not support fundraising efforts, capital campaigns, or special events. We only grant to organizations with 501-c-3 status—unless it is a start-up and has identified a fiduciary agent—which must be a 501-c-3.

Is there an organizational budget size limitation? Organizations must have an annual operating budget of $500,000 or less.

What is the typical size of grant? Grants are given for one year; are non-renewable and are typically $8,000.

What type of support does the Dave Nee Foundation provide in addition to the grant?The Dave Nee Foundation intends to serve as resource and support for our grantees. Over time, as more grants to like-minded youth-oriented organizations are made through the Beacon of Hope program, we envision a national community of practice sharing best practices.

Due Date: Monday, February 29th, 2016

Grant Terms: January 1, 2016-December 31, 2016



Beacon of Hope Grant Awards History:

2014: Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County (SPYC): Founded in 1966  after a murder/suicide spurred mental health professionals and clergy in the area to recognize the need for crisis response services.  The organization grew from a single telephone line to several and was incorporated as a non-profit in 1980. Today, SPYC is one of the five oldest suicide prevention crisis centers in the United States staffed solely by trained volunteer crisis counselors. The agency offers several programs: 24-hour crisis lines, including a teen line, and a school safety line; an SOS Signs of Suicide ® school presentation program; and a Friends and Families of Suicide Loss support group.  SPYC is committed to providing all services free of charge.

2013: Colie’s Closet:  A peer education program comprised of high school students from Boulder Valley high schools who go into the middle schools and high schools in Boulder Valley at the request of a teacher, to speak with classes about teen depression and suicide. Last year, we had 31 active student members of the organization who presented to 2,600 students in 97 classroom presentations.

2012: Friends for Life: SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program, Screening for Mental Health, Inc. trains high school students to recognize the signs of depression and suicidality, and empowers them to intervene when confronted with a friend who is exhibiting these symptoms.

2012: The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services: The Crisis Intervention program provides immediate mental health assessment and crisis stabilization services for children and adolescents experiencing serious psychiatric symptoms or severe reactions to a traumatic event.

2011: American Association of Suicidology: To educate and inform attorneys across the country on recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression and suicidal ideation in clients and colleagues. To this end, AAS conducted a webinar training for attorneys through the American Bar Association (inclusive of CLE credits) and an evaluation of participating attorneys afterward to gauge their ability to recognize signs and symptoms of depression in their practice and work environment.

2010: Friends Helping Friends of Manasquan, New Jersey: In the wake of eight suicides in the Manasquan community, Friends Helping Friends (FSF) was founded by students wishing to put a stop to the epidemic taking their friends from them. FHF, working with the network of community stakeholders that has been established in response to the current episode of suicide contagion, created a Teen Center. The Teen Center is a place where teenagers can gather and, in addition to having a place of their own, also have counseling services available.

2009: Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization that helps the families and friends of someone suffering from depression to recognize the symptoms of, and cope with their loved ones’ depressive disorders. The organization provides education, outreach, and advocacy to support families as their loved ones get well.

2008: SPAN USA: An organization dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness-raising, community action and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy. The grant is helping SPAN USA to publicize its College Campus Suicide Prevention program on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.

2007: Active Minds: A not-for-profit peer-to-peer organization dedicated to the mental health of college students. Through this grant, Active Minds was able to open thirty new college chapters, start its first high school chapter, develop an internship program and start a new program entitled Send Silence Packing.

2006: Inaugural grant was given to Columbia University’s TeenScreen: A national mental health and suicide-risk diagnostic program. Our grant permitted TeenScreen to expand its efforts to additional communities, resulting in the establishment of several local TeenScreen programs that then went on to screen thousands of teens.