Applicants are now open for Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for 2019. 

The Martín-Baró Fund has a strong preference for projects which are developing innovative and progressive ways to deal with the mental health consequences of violence and political repression. Applicants should understand that we do not view mental health and human rights as issues which can be addressed separately, but are seeking to fund activities which explore the links between them.

You can get a better idea of our interests by visiting some of the other pages on this website. We particularly urge you to read our Mission Statement, and to look at the descriptions of some of the projects we have funded in the past. Please also keep in mind that we usually fund only six to eight projects per year.

  • We prefer to support grassroots, community-based projects which focus on the needs and concerns of the community as well as of the individual.

  • We are especially interested in supporting groups located in regions harmed by U.S. policies and/or addressing problems created or aggravated by those policies.

  • Our grants are usually no more than US $7,000. We prefer to fund projects where our support will make a significant difference.

  • Almost all of the projects we fund are outside the United States.

  • Unfortunately, we can accept proposals in English or in Spanish only.

How to Apply

Existing Projects: If you received a grant from the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund within the past two years, you will be contacted by your Contact Person or another member of the Grant-making Committee.

New Projects: If you have never been funded by the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund before, or not during the past three years, please note the following procedures:

  • Send us a 1-2 page letter of interest after May 1, 2019 and before September 1, 2019. Your letter should include the following:

    • A brief description of the mental health and human rights issues your proposed project seeks to address
    • How your proposed project will address these issues (be as specific as possible within the page limitations).
    • If applicable, include the annual budget for your organization. If your organization is part of a larger parent organization, please give an estimate of its annual budget as well.
  • Please be sure to include complete contact information including an email address. If we need additional information or clarification, one of our members will contact you after we receive your letter.
  • You may submit your letter by regular mail to the address below, or by email to We will send confirmation that your letter has been received via email.

Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund
Post Office Box 302122
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

  • We will respond no later than October 31, 2019, letting you know whether we would like you to submit a complete proposal. Remember, only a very small number of projects will be invited to submit proposals, and an even smaller number will receive funding.
  • Our deadline for final proposals from 2019 projects will be February 1, 2020. Please do not send a proposal unless you have been asked to do so. All applicants will be contacted by a member of our Grant-making Committee.
  • More information Here