How to Apply for Our Grants

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Sozosei Foundation. A spirit of creativity imbues our Foundation’s attitudes and culture. We welcome the opportunity to consider proposals featuring innovative projects and ideas that advance our goals to decriminalize mental illness and activate local philanthropy. As a first step, if your organization meets the following criteria for our mental health and/or local philanthropy program areas, you are welcome to share an idea or concept note with us via email at [email protected]. Please keep this brief (no more than 600 words) and include: a statement of need/problem to be addressed; the target population and how they may benefit; and a timeline for implementation. These inquiries will be reviewed within 30 days of their receipt.

Federal Policy Initiative

Request for Statements of Interest

RELEASE DATE: February 22, 2021

The Sozosei Foundation is pleased to invite eligible organizations to apply for funding to support advocacy efforts of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that are working to advance national policy solutions to achieve a future where the use of jails and prisons for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness is eliminated.

Click here to download the full Request For Statements of Interest.

Applicant Eligibility


Sozosei Foundation applicants must:

  • Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code OR have a fiscal sponsor that has 501(c)(3) status and provides written authorization confirming willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor; and
  • Engage in work that aligns with the Foundation’s funding interests and priorities. (See our strategy related to mental health and read about our philanthropic interest areas.) Note, Sozosei does not accept proposals for disaster relief and recovery.

Coming Soon: Sozosei Foundation Grants Portal
Thank you for your patience as we work to build our Grants Portal. This online system will help facilitate grant searches and expedite the grant application process.