Since our launch, the Sozosei Foundation has granted $15 million to organizations working to decriminalize mental illness. 

The Sozosei Foundation funds organizations of all sizes, in all life stages, from start-up to fully mature, as we seek transformative approaches, experimental ideas, and programs that are grounded in evidence or have the potential to grow the evidence base of what works. Learn more about our current grantees here. 

Based on the outcomes of our 2020 Global Solution Lab and ongoing strategic planning, the Sozosei Foundation identified four strategic pillars that guide our grantmaking. Within these pillars, we remain solution-agnostic, meaning while working within our strategic pillars we do not dictate the type of project or program we will support. 

Access to Care

Build a world where people with mental illness can access quality, evidence-based mental healthcare in communities — before, during, and after emergencies — through advocacy, litigation, digital solutions, increasing the number of psychiatrists, enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and effective implementation and operation of 911 and 988.

Arts & Communications

Arts and communications to catalyze a cultural shift that rejects the status quo, which enables the criminalization of mental illness and advances the movement to decriminalize mental illness.


Research to build the evidence base for solutions to decriminalize mental illness, share, and promote data collection and analysis that drive best practices to decriminalize mental illness.

Scaling What Works

Support innovative programs and early-stage ideas that have the potential to become national models to decriminalize mental illness.

There are currently no funding opportunities for the Decriminalize Mental Illness program area. Please sign up for our newsletter here to be sure you do not miss future opportunities to apply for funding. 

Past Opportunities

The Sozosei Foundation announced a new opportunity for funding to support evidence-based programs and innovative (untested) approaches that will disrupt the current practice of criminalizing mental illness and accelerate access to community-based mental healthcare.

The Foundation sought "PechaKucha" concepts from creative, curious, and innovative nonprofits and individuals whose work shows particular promise for effective 988 implementation and a robust crisis care continuum. You can read more about PechaKucha style presentations here and see examples from the 2020 Summit here

The Sozosei Solution Fund represented a new funding opportunity to support evidenced-based programs and innovative new ideas with the potential to disrupt current systems that result in the criminalization of mental illness and/or to accelerate access to community-based mental healthcare.