Jerry M. Lewis, M.D. Mental Health Research Foundation
General Grant Guidelines
  1. Preference will be given to:
  1. Research projects first, educational programs second, and service programs third.
  2. Projects involving close collaboration between members of two or more professional disciplines (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, social work) each making unique contributions.
  3. Requests in the range of $5,000 to $35,000. 
  4. Projects that can be completed with the funding requested and do not imply later requests for more funding. That is, projects that do not require up front commitment to two or more grants from Lewis Foundation. For example, a request for funding to support a project anticipated to take several years to complete might be approved, but a request for funding to support one part or phase of a project with a stated or implied request for additional funding in the future that would be needed to complete the project would not be approved.
  5. Projects that do not require concurrent funding from other grantors unless those funds are already in hand.
  6. These preferences are not intended to rule out our support of pilot projects that may lead to much larger multi-year or multi-grantor projects to be funded by other grantors. We welcome applications for such pilot projects.
2. Extensions or new phases of projects we have previously funded will be considered, but only if the previously funded project has been completed and the Final Report (see below) has been submitted to the Foundation Director. Such applications would be strengthened if the investigators already have obtained additional funding support equivalent to our previous grant from their sponsoring institution or other sources before re-applying to Lewis Foundation.
3. Lewis Foundation grants do not support overhead, indirect costs, general administrative expenses, or travel for attending professional meetings.
4. Grant applications should be written with two distinct audiences in mind — professional reviewers (clinical and developmental psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers) and board trustees (business and community leaders). The application should reflect the investigator’s familiarity with relevant professional concepts and findings, but should be written in a narrative style and vocabulary that is clear to laypersons. Applications that are felt to be unclear or difficult to understand by either professional or lay readers will be returned for re-writing or simply rejected.
5. Grants will be restricted to nonprofit organizations in Dallas and surrounding counties that qualify as “public charities” for federal income tax purposes.
6. Applications should be double-spaced in a 12 point font, ten to twelve pages in length, exclusive of CVs or resumes.
7. Grantees will be expected to provide a written progress report at the mid-point of the project, and a written final report to the Director for presentation to the Board of Trustees.
8. Site visits may be requested during the grant review process and while approved projects are ongoing.
9. Serious consideration will be restricted to creative or innovative projects that promise meaningful advancement in the science of interpersonal relationships.
10. Any publications or presentations from supported projects should acknowledge the grant support provided by Lewis Foundation.