Alkermes Inspiration Grants fund programs for people affected by mental health conditions and substance use disorders Congratulations to the 2018 ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® awardees!

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the third annual ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS®. This year, 14 programs will receive a total of $1 million in funding through this initiative to address challenges impacting the lives of individuals and communities affected by mental health and substance use disorders.

Alkermes recognizes the overwhelming need for funding across a variety of organizations for the implementation and expansion of worthy programs. The 2018 grant winners were selected from more than 300 proposals focused on a broad spectrum of needs in the community, including peer support, disease awareness, stigma reduction, changing systems of care and more.

Alkermes congratulates the 2018 grant recipients listed below. We are proud to support these inspiring, innovative programs as they strive to make a lasting impact.


  • Behavioral Health Innovators
    R.A.M.P™ Multimedia Peer Toolkit - The Risk Addiction Mapping Progression™

  • Entertainment Industries Council
    Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Briefing for Entertainment Writers

  • The Moyer Foundation
    Camp Mariposa – Youth Addiction Prevention and Mentoring Program

  • The JED Foundation
    JED Storytelling & Voices

  • Minnesota CIT Officers Association
    MN Crisis Intervention Team Online Training

  • National Sheriffs’ Association
    What Sheriffs Clearly See

  • Pets Helping People
    Improving Resources for Women Exiting Prison

  • Rosie’s Place
    Rosie’s Place’s Community Collaborative with Boston Public Schools

  • Ross County Community Action Commission
    Ross County Youth Photography Project

  • 10,000 Beds

  • The Fatherhood Project
    Parents in Recovery Training

  • This Is My Brave
    The Show Campus Edition pilot

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Arts and Music Initiative – Severe Mental Illness

  • Voices of Hope, Lexington
    Recovery Community Center Educational Programming to Promote Long-term Recovery

To view a description of the 2018 grant recipient programs, please click here.

The large volume of high-quality applications each year continues to demonstrate the necessity for funding to support impactful, community-based programs.

Alkermes thanks all of the organizations that applied during the 2018 ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® cycle for the important work they are doing in communities across the country.

About the Program

Since its inception in 2016, the ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® program has awarded $3 million in funding to innovative programs that support the comprehensive needs of those most impacted by mental health and substance use disorders.

Each year, through this highly competitive, request for proposal (RFP) based grant initiative, Alkermes awards up to $1 million in grant funding for the development or expansion of programs 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 during the designated submission period, and multiple program applications are permitted. Proposals are 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.

At Alkermes, we are committed to incorporating the perspectives of patients, caregivers and communities across our programs. Therefore, the ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® awardees are chosen by a review committee comprised of cross-functional Alkermes staff in partnership with external reviewers from the community. The 2018 review committee included patient and healthcare advocates, a person affected by mental illness and a caregiver who lost a loved one to an overdose. For more information about these members of the 2018 committee, see below.

Historically, applicants and grant program recipients have included a broad variety of organizations, from large advocacy groups and academic institutions to small grass roots organizations in rural communities – all working to make a difference.

Past Program Recipients

To view past ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® recipients, click the links below:

Please take a moment to hear from a few of the organizations that have received support through ALKERMES INSPIRATION GRANTS® and learn about the impacts their programs are having in the community.

About the 2018 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.

Application Information

The submission period is now closed. Please check back for program updates and announcements in 2019.

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