Mental Health Incubator Fund Making an Impact

Miami University’s Mental Health Incubator fund, launched in January 2024, is already making a splash on campus, with over $17,000 in funding awarded to date. The campus community will begin seeing the impacts of the grant funding in as early as March 2024. 

“It has been inspiring to see the way our campus has accepted the challenge and provided their ideas to have a meaningful impact on our current and future students’ mental health,” said Steve Large, assistant vice president for health and wellness. 

The incubator has received 17 grant proposals so far, with requests ranging from $1,600 to $10,000. Smaller projects (up to $2,500) awarded to date will support enhancements to multiple spaces on campus, student programs dedicated to wellness, and building capacity for supporting and responding to student well-being needs.  

Larger project requests (up to $20,000) will pitch their projects at the Incubator Fund Competition on April 1, 2024 in Armstrong Student Center’s Wilks Theater. 

While there have been multiple submissions for the challenge, there is still time to submit a proposal by the extended March 15 deadline, Large said. 

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the inaugural Incubator Fund Challenge on April 1, where participants will learn more about the events and projects seeking funding as part of the incubator competition. 

The incubator is funded with grant support from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).