2022 Directing Change Mini Grant Opportunity – Rural Counties


Extended Deadline: Please submit your application by Friday, November 5!

2022 Directing Change Mini Grants Application - Rural Counties

  • The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages students to learn about suicide prevention, mental health and other critical health and social justice topics by creating short films and art projects that are used to support awareness, education, and advocacy efforts across the state, in their communities, and on their campuses. This free and evaluated program has been implemented in California schools for 10 years. Students have a chance to win cash prizes and participate in an award ceremony.

    Eligible Organizations: California middle and high schools, as well as youth-focused community-based organizations, in the following counties are eligible: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter/ Yuba, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, and Tuolumne. Participating youth should be in grades 6-12. Public, private, and charter schools and districts, as well as community-based organizations in these counties, are all eligible to apply. If your school or organization is not located in one of these counties, please apply for our general statewide mini grant opportunity here.

    Mini Grant Funding: Up to $2,500

    • Facilitate participation of at least one classroom or group in the Directing Change program during the 2021-22 school year, resulting in a minimum of 5 film or art submissions to any category in the Directing Change contest by March 1, 2022.
    • Teach at least one Directing Change lesson plan on mental health or suicide prevention. Lessons plans are available for free download on the Directing Change website.
    • Plan and implement an awareness event on campus or virtually which includes screening of the youth-produced films or sharing art projects with peers and/or parents by May 2022.
    • Submit a final report documenting mini grant activities by June 1, 2022.

    Interested? EXTENDED DEADLINE: Fill out this form by Friday, November 5, 2021.

    The following information should be filled out by the lead person for the mini grant.
  • If applicable. Put N/A if you are an organization.
  • First & Last
  • e.g., 9th grade English, ASB, Boys & Girls Club, Film Production
  • An estimate is fine - doesn't need to be exact!
  • Please share what kind of event(s) you would implement if you received this grant.
  • Download a blank W-9 form here (we only need the first page): https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf. We recommend having an organization or school fill this out, rather than submitting a personal W-9.
    Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 512 MB.
    • Questions?

      Email Devin@directingchange.org or call: 858-324-4846

    If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
    Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
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