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The Governor Ted and Frances Strickland Psychology Innovation Grant

The Foundation for Psychology in Ohio Governor Ted and Frances Strickland* Psychology Innovation Grant funds innovative research, training, and community service projects in honor of Drs. Ted and Frances Strickland’s work as psychologists, and their commitment to improve the health and welfare of all citizens in Ohio.

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Current Scope - Covid-19: The current focus area of the innovation grant is to conduct research and intervention into the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the health and welfare of Ohioans. Listed below are examples of possible projects that might be supported by the Innovation Grant. The list is not all inclusive, but is provided to offer suggestions. 

  • Epidemiological surveys of the adverse impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of Ohioans, including both urban and rural communities.
  • Implement an intervention program.
  • Examine and evaluate behavior, lifestyles, health needs, and economic needs of Ohioans during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Explore mental health issues and health disparities in vulnerable sub-populations (e.g. unemployed, elderly, children, homeless, unemployed, people with disabilities, ethnic/racial minorities, etc.).
  • Explore mental health issues among workers in essential industries/professions during the Covid-19 crisis (e.g. grocery store workers, pharmacists, first responders/police/firefighters/ EMS, healthcare providers, nursing home providers, etc.)
  • Create a novel community project which improves coping under the current crisis (e.g. public service announcement).


Application Deadlines:  

  • Applications for Innovation Grants are due at 4:30pm (eastern) on the first Wednesday of every month.
  • Apply as early as possible, as funding is limited.
  • Any grant must start at least 60 days after the application deadline. 
  • Subject line should include “Ted and Frances Strickland Psychology Innovation Grant Proposal- YOUR NAME OR ORGANIZATION”.  Send proposals to mranney@ohpsych.org.
  • Notification of grant status will be sent by the end of every month.

Qualifications of the Applicant:  

  • Education professionals, including: school psychologists, and public and private school teachers in good professional standing.
  • Heathcare professionals, including psychologists or other licensed mental health professionals in good professional standing. 
  • Students enrolled full-time at a university of college who are in good academic standing and making good progress in his/her program.
  • Faculty at a university of college.
  • Non-profits with 501(c)(3) status.
  • Faith-based organizations who meet IRS requirements to be considered tax exempt.
  • The applicant cannot be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.
  • The applicant cannot have received a previous grant from the Foundation for Psychology in Ohio within the same calendar year.

Award:  Multiple awards will be made, ranging from $500 to $5000, with a median award of $500. Awards are intended to be used to support or assist applicants in covering expenses related to their projects or research.

Winners will be required to provide monthly updates on the project and write an article about the outcomes of the project. The article may be included in a publication of the Ohio Psychological Association. An evaluation of the project must be submitted to the Chair of the Review Committee following the completion of the project.

Qualifications for Grant Award:  

  • Grants must impact Ohio residents.
  • Grants must start and end between May 9 and December 31, 2020.
  • Mini-grant funds can be used for Covid-19 related research, evidence-based programs; training; and community-based service projects in Ohio. 
  • Mini-grant funds will not be awarded to support summer camps.
  • Mini-grant funds cannot be used to: 
    • Purchase tickets for dinners, golf outings or fundraising events.
    • Purchase meals or refreshments.
    • Cover salaries of applicant staff.
    • Make capital improvements.
    • Make contributions to candidates for elective office or for partisan political purposes.

Payment Requirements:

  • All recipients of mini-grant funding must complete these minimum requirements in order to receive payment: 
    • Add Foundation for Psychology in Ohio logo and link on the program/event section of your organization’s website.
    • Include Foundation for Psychology in Ohio logo on all printed materials specific to the program/event activities these funds will support.
    • Mention and tag Foundation for Psychology in Ohio on social media.

Submission Criteria:  
Submissions for Governor Ted and Frances Strickland Psychology Innovation Grant must include the following:

  • Cover letter addressed to Dr. Thomas Swales, Chair of the Review Committee. 
  • Cover sheet provided below and narrative that addresses the (1) rationale for the project; (2) basic question(s) or issue to be addressed by the project; (3) general methodology; and (4) proposed statistical analyses (if applicable).
  • Budgets should be provided that detail projected income and expenses, showing specifically how the grant funds will be used.
  • A list citing references you are using in your project.
  • Brief letters of support from collaborating individuals or organizations to Dr. Thomas Swales, Chair of the Review Committee, should be submitted with the proposal. This letter should address the awardee’s ability to carry out the project in a timely manner and the feasibility of the project.

Submit Proposals To:   mranney@ohpsych.org

For additional information contact:  
The Governor Ted and Frances Strickland Psychology Innovation Grant Review Committee c/o Michael Ranney, PSYOHIO, 395 East Broad Street, Suite 310.  Columbus OH 43215; 800-783-1983; mranney@ohpsych.org 

Application Process

  • Confirmation – Once the application is received, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please follow up at mranney@ohpsych.org or 800-783-1983.
  • Review – Applications are reviewed once per month by the Foundation for Psychology in Ohio Governor Ted and Frances Strickland Psychology Innovation Grant Review Committee.
  • Notification – You will be notified by email whether your application has been approved or declined. You will receive notification by the end of the month in which you applied. Please do not inquire about the status of your application unless you have not heard back from Foundation for Psychology in Ohio at the end of the month.
  • Payment Request – If your grant application has been approved, you will receive a payment request form along with your notification. You will complete the payment request form and submit it (along with any documentation to verify you met the grant requirements) to mranney@ohpsych.org within 30 days after notification of the award.

Application Checklist

  • Incomplete packets will not be reviewed.
  • Email attachments cannot exceed 10MB.
  • In order to be considered for a mini-grant, an applicant must provide the following documentation:
  • Application (overview, narrative and funding outline) 
  • Support letter from any partner identified in the application.
  • IRS Form W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification)
  • IRS Letter of determination.
  • Submit application to mranney@ohpsych.org prior to 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.

*Dr. Ted Strickland served as Governor of the State of Ohio, after having served six terms in the United State Congress. He worked as a licensed psychologist at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, Methodist Children’s Home, and as a professor at Shawnee State University. His wife Francis Strickland, was a licensed school psychologist. Dr. Ted Strickland was also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Frances Strickland worked as a licensed school psychologist, teacher, and author. They continue to work together to champion innovation in economic development, education, Veteran’s affairs, healthcare, and social issues.