Alkermes Inspiration Grants fund programs for people affected by mental health conditions and substance use disorders The 2018 ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® application portal is now closed. Please check back for program updates and announcements, including the 2018 awardees.

About the program:

The ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® program is a competitive, request for proposal (RFP) based grants initiative developed to underscore the company’s ongoing commitment to support the comprehensive needs of people affected by mental health and substance use disorders. Through this initiative, Alkermes will award up to $1 million in grants for the development or expansion of innovative programs to support the mental health and substance use disorder communities in two key areas:

  • Improving or enhancing support or resources for people affected by mental illness or substance use disorders
  • Integrating the perspective of people affected by mental illness or substance use disorders into drug development or care delivery

Eligible non-profit organizations with varying budgets can apply, and multiple submissions are permitted. Proposals will be evaluated based on a standard set of review criteria, which include potential impact, identification of need and creativity of the solution, the organization’s ability to execute and the sustainability of the program.

Selected programs will be chosen by Alkermes in partnership with external reviewers who represent the perspectives of the community. External reviewers include patient and healthcare advocates, a person affected by mental illness and a caregiver who lost a loved one to an overdose.

2017 program recipients:

In November 2017, 13 programs were awarded funds through the ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS initiative. These programs were selected from nearly 300 proposals. The overwhelming number of programs submitted and the quality of the applications demonstrated the great need for funding to support organizations working to meet the needs of patients, families and communities impacted by serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

Applicants ranged from large advocacy organizations and academic institutions to small grass roots organizations trying to make a difference – and the selected programs were equally diverse.

To view the full list of 2017 grant program recipients, please click here. Please take a moment to hear from a few of the organizations that have received support through ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® and learn about the impact their programs are having in the community.

Application information:

The submission period will be open from September 5 (7 AM ET) to October 2 (6 PM ET), and grants will be awarded to selected organizations on November 2018. Eligible non-profit organizations may apply for varying funding amounts, but amount must not to exceed $1 million. Historically, the funding awarded to individual programs has ranged from $12,000 to $200,000. Multiple submissions are permitted.

Proposals will be evaluated based on a standard set of review criteria, which will include the quality of the application, creativity of the solution and the organization’s infrastructure and past program success.

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About the reviewers:

Tonda DaRe, Caregiver

Tonda DaRe, Caregiver

Tonda DaRe lost her daughter, Holly Noel, to a heroin overdose in 2012. The devastating loss inspired her to advocate for change by challenging the stigma surrounding addiction and providing education and awareness to help others across the country through a nonprofit organization she founded, Holly’s Song of Hope. She has created a forum for people affected to share stories and receive and provide support, and has developed an educational program that she offers across the country. Tonda testified in 2016 on Capitol Hill to the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on the spike of overdose deaths on the grip that heroin and prescription drug abuse has had in her community. She lives in Ohio and continues to advocate for awareness and education to those who don’t think what happened to her daughter and her family could happen to them while supporting her loved ones, including her grandson.

Carlos Larrauri, Person Living with Schizophrenia

Carlos Larrauri, Person Living with Schizophrenia

Carlos Larrauri experienced trouble with preoccupied thoughts, difficulty sleeping, and hearing voices long before he was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 23. After his diagnosis, he found a place he felt comfortable disclosing his diagnosis and discussing the challenges of living with a serious mental illness in the advocacy community. In an effort to give back to an organization that is at the heart of his recovery, Carlos joined the NAMI Miami-Dade County and NAMI National Boards of Directors. He hopes to assist communities and organizations in developing systems for the prevention and treatment of serious mental illness in adolescents and young adults through his affiliation with NAMI and as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Miami, Florida.

Raymond Levy, HealthCare Advocate

Raymond Levy, HealthCare Advocate

A clinical psychologist specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dr. Levy realized that there was an opportunity to positively influence fathers’ engagement with their children and founded The Fatherhood Project in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The Project, which was a 2017 ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANT award recipient, aims to improve the health and well-being of children and their families by empowering fathers to be knowledgeable, active, and emotionally engaged within their children. Its unique approach integrates research in both programming and evaluation. Dr. Levy’s program runs fathering skills groups and facilitates workshops for incarcerated and Teen Dads, Dads in Recovery and Divorced Dads. Dr. Levy contributes his expertise on panels at fatherhood conferences. He is the Clinical Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program at MGH and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

John Madigan, Patient Advocate

John Madigan, Patient Advocate

John Madigan is a survivor of suicide, having lost his sister Nancy Jane Madigan in 1997. John has devoted his career to advocating for health issues including cancer control, Alzheimer’s and, for the last nine years, suicide prevention. As Senior Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), John leverages his strong relationships with the White House, Congress, federal agencies and other state and local officials to educate them on how policy can support suicide prevention. His team has secured mandated suicide prevention training for teachers and school personnel, won landmark funding for mental health services under the Excellence in Mental Health Act, full funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System, and made military and veteran suicide prevention a national priority through laws like the Clay Hunt Act and Jacob Sexton Act. Most recently he and his team secured passage of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018.

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