Dare to Dream 2018

The Dare to Dream America program provides an opportunity for youth (ages 13 to 25) or Youth MOVE Chapters to get involved in mental health awareness activities. Successful applicants are awarded a grant up to $2500 to implement projects that promote mental health awareness. 

This opportunity is being made available through the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health, Contract #HHSS280201500007C. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

How do I get started?

You are able to apply for 1 of 2 types of Dare to Dream America grants: a $2500 grant or a $1250 grant. This year, 11 awards will be granted: Five (5) awards of $2500 and six (6) awards of $1250. Only one grant will be awarded per chapter or community, including individual applications from a chapter member.  Grants will be awarded in January 2018 and all projects will conclude in June 2018.

You will also need to find a Supportive Adult, a person who is over the age of 18 and who works in the field of youth and young adult mental health, who will be your support through this program.

Then, plan to attend 1 of  the 2 scheduled pre-application webinars on either 11/15 or 12/6. These webinars will review the application, project expectations and deadlines, and provide examples of past project ideas to help you get started.

If you were unable to attend the webinars, we encourage you to view one of the two webinar recordings: 

Webinar slides available here


Dare to Dream America applicants must meet the following criteria and conditions in order to apply for project funding:

  • Projects MUST be youth-driven. This means that ideas for projects must come from youth (ages 13 to 25), the applicant section of the application form must be completed by youth, and funded projects must be developed and run by youth.
  • Projects MUST be relevant to youth and young adult mental health in America.
  • Projects MUST be innovative – ask yourself: is this a new idea? Has this been done in my community before?
  • Projects MUST demonstrate reach- ask yourself: will the project reach several people in my school, youth organization, or community?
  • Projects MUST demonstrate impact – ask yourself: will the project have an effect on participants’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, or actual behaviors?
  • Applicants MUST demonstrate an effort to manage the planning and implementation of the project effectively. For example, you must show you are attempting to manage money wisely by looking for financial or in-kind donations for some budget items.
  • Applicants and their Supportive Adults MUST commit to three (3) Coaching Calls (for planning, a mid-process check-in, and evaluation) and four (4) webinars. The webinars will be presented throughout the life cycle of the project with an initial overview of the project, tracking and reporting requirements, a mid-process check-in, and a final webinar dedicated to celebrating your successes.
  • Applicants MUST commit to completing project evaluations and reporting by the project deadlines. All projects are required to be completed by June 30th, 2018 and all reporting and evaluations are due by July 31st, 2018.
  • Applicants MUST agree to have project reports and pictures etc. shared on the Youth MOVE National website for others to read and learn from.


Download the application here.  

Completed applications are due December 15th, 2017.


Questions?  Email daretodream@youthmovenational.org

 Information on past Dare to Dream projects can be found here.


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