2024 Directing Change Mini Grant Application


2024 Directing Change Mini Grant Application

  • The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages youth 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 11 years. Students have a chance to win cash prizes and participate in an award ceremony.

    Eligible Organizations: Middle school, high school, and college classes as well as organizations and youth clubs. Participating youth should be ages 12-25 or in grades 6-12. Public, private, and charter schools and districts are all eligible to apply.

    Mini Grant Funding: Up to $1,500 (higher funding may be available for rural communities)

    • Facilitate participation of at least one classroom, club, or group in the Directing Change program during the 2023-24 school year, resulting in a minimum of 5 film submissions to the annual suicide prevention and mental health film contest (submission deadline March 1, 2024). In addition, youth are encouraged, but not required, to also submit to monthly art contests.
    • Teach at least one Directing Change lesson on mental health or suicide prevention. This requirement can be met by inviting a Directing Change team member to present a lesson plan virtually. 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 to peers and/or parents by May 2024.
    • Complete surveys about participation.
    • Submit a final report documenting mini grant activities by June 1, 2024.

    Interested? Fill out this form by September 15, 2023.

    The following information should be filled out by the lead person for the mini grant.
  • If not applicable, put N/A
  • First & Last
  • E.g., 10th grade English teacher, school counselor, film teacher
  • e.g., Film Production, 9th grade English, ASB Leadership
  • 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.
  • Your school or organization must be within a rural county or rural community to be eligible.
  • This means the youth working on the project would have to be involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare system.
  • 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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