The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on three categories: mental health, AIDS, and the environment. Mental health grants support projects that fight the stigma associated with mental illness; utilize new knowledge and current technological advances to improve programs and services for people who have mental illness; and bring the benefits of this new knowledge and technology to those without access. The Foundation also seeks to advance preventative mental health efforts, particularly those targeted to youth and adolescents, with a special focus on strategies that involve parents, teachers, and others in close contact with this population. AIDS grants support new model, pilot, and demonstration efforts that address the needs of underserved at-risk populations; provide meaningful school-based sex education; address the psychosocial needs of those affected and infected by AIDS; make treatment information accessible, available, and easily understandable to those in need of it; and respond to the challenges facing community-based AIDS service organizations. Environmental grants seek to encourage and nurture environmental action. Projects of interest should support the present generation of environmental activists; educate and engage the next generation of activists; strengthen the infrastructure of the environmental movement; and activate new constituencies.
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