Major League Baseball Announces Funds Available through the Healthy Relationships Community Grant Program.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are launching the Healthy Relationships Community Grants initiative to address positive relationship health with self and others. The initiative will focus on three distinct areas: supporting programs that build and improve mental health resiliency among vulnerable populations, improving relationship skills of the next generation, as well as programs designed to strengthen and provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence today.
Funds may be used to support general operating or programmatic expenses, that aim to:
- Build and improve relationship skills of the next generation as a prevention Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Educate the public (with a preference for youth populations) on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships as it relates to inter-personal violence (e.g., intimate partner, family, or teen dating violence) as part of prevention and awareness efforts (e.g., create, produce and distribute PSAs with relevant content and call to action, conference/events with a focus on education)
- Support existing or introduce new programming on how to break the cycle of violence
- Build and improve mental health resiliency for vulnerable populations. Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provide greater access to quality mental health services and wellness programs
- Preventative programs designed to reduce suicide, suicidal ideations and self-harm
- Training programs for mental health professionals working with vulnerable populations
- School or community-based interventions for vulnerable populations
· Strengthen and provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence.
Organizational efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Capacity building to support organizational mission
- Mental health services for survivors of domestic violence
- Assist survivors in rebuilding their lives (e.g., professional skills and life skills workshops, and/or additional education and support materials to improve employee readiness/workplace development skills)
- Advocacy efforts to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking