The Viola W. Bernard Foundation was established in 1968 by Dr. Viola W. Bernard, a pioneer in the field of social psychiatry and children’s mental health. During Dr. Bernard’s life and since her death in 1998, the Foundation has sought to provide seed money for innovative mental health programs with a particular emphasis on children and families.
Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded a total of more than $3M in grants. Our grants, in the past, tended to range from $5,000 to $15,000. In the future we expect fewer grants to be awarded in slightly larger amounts.
Though ambitious in vision, the Foundation is operated by a voluntary Board and part-time Grants Manager. We seek, based on our progressive history and Board composition, to have an influential role in advancing a child and mental health focused mission and vision. To make the most of limited resources, we must make difficult choices among requests for support. We urge potential applicants to review our grantmaking intentions and priorities before submitting a Letter of Inquiry.