Dare to Dream America is a unique funding opportunity for young people (ages 13 to 25) or youth groups to create and implement youth driven projects that promote mental health awareness and well-being. Youth M.O.V.E. National wants to support your ideas and efforts to make a difference in YOUR community. This is a chance for you or your youth group to be the primary decision makers and plan and manage a project from start to finish! Successful applicants will be awarded $1000 or $2500 to implement projects that increase mental health awareness, reduce stigma associated with mental health challenges, and promote well-being. For more information on eligibility criteria and getting started, head over to "How Do I Get Started?" section.D2DALogo

Dare to Dream America is being made available through the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

See what past winners have done with their Dare to Dream America grants: Round 1 (2008)Round 2 (2009)Round 3 (2010)Round 4 (2011),  Round 5 (2012).

Dare to Dream America Executive Summary

How do I get started?

We are so excited that you are interested in applying for a Dare to Dream grant! But before you get started on the application, we strongly encourage you to carefully review the criteria and guidelines to make sure that you or your youth group will be eligible to apply. Once you've reviewed this information and determined that you are eligible to apply, you should: identify a Supportive Adult who will support you or your group throughout the Dare to Dream process, start brainstorming and developing your project idea, and then you fill out your application!

You are able to apply for a Dare to Dream Grant in two ways: as an individual; or as a group. Individual applicants can apply for up to $1000 and youth groups or Youth M.O.V.E. Chapters can apply for a grant of up to $2500. However, keep in mind that only ONE grant will be awarded per chapter or community, this includes all individual applications.

Applications for Dare to Dream are not currently being accepted. Please check back throughout the year for information on the next award cycle.

If you have any questions about Dare to Dream America, please contact us at daretodream@youthmovenational.org or give us a call at 1-800-580-6199.

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