TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Tower Mental Health Foundation announced that they are soliciting grant applications for projects and activities that support mental health services in Kansas.

Grants totaling approximately $65,000 will be awarded by the Foundation. Applications are available on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov/tower. Completed applications must be received by August 1, 2017.

Collaborative efforts that focus on child and youth mental health, including substance abuse and suicide prevention are the focus of this year’s grant criteria. Each application must include a combination of two or more entities that will collaborate on innovative and effective community resources to address these issues. At least one entity involved in the collaboration should be a 501(c)(3) organization or educational or governmental institution that provides mental health care treatment and services to the residents of Kansas.

The Tower Mental Health Foundation of Kansas was created as a result of an agreement between the attorney general’s office and the Menninger Foundation in 2007. It offers support to organizations that provide mental health services in Kansas. The attorney general is the sole member of the Foundation, which is staffed by the office of the attorney general. The Foundation’s board of directors is composed of nine Kansans with a keen interest in mental health issues. Dr. Walter Menninger serves as the Board’s president.

More information is available on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov, or by calling (785) 296-2215.