Oliver's Fund Grants

Oliver’s Fund was created by family and friends to honor the life of Oliver Zlonis who graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 2002. Oliver was 19 when he died of suicide.

Since 2004, Oliver's Fund has donated over $26,000 to support programs such as Anne Erickson’s annual depression screenings in the high school health classes. In addition Oliver’s Fund has provided funding for speakers, workshops and dramatic presentations on topics such as grief and loss, stress management, symptoms and warning signs and bullying. In the spring of 2014 we were also pleased to provide a $750 sponsorship for a student-led 5 K event, “Emotions in Motion” to support Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). 

Grants from Oliver’s Fund are awarded to projects which increase awareness of the critical issues of depression and suicide, reduce the stigma of seeking help for mental health concerns, and help create an environment where young people in Mahtomedi feel able to connect and contribute to the community. Staff of Mahtomedi Public Schools may apply for an Oliver's Fund grant.

Application deadline: January 22, 2018.

View Oliver's Fund Brochure

NEW this year - A single application is being used regardless of whether you are applying for a Hansen Inspired Teacher Grant, an Oliver's Fund Grant, or a MAEF Grant.  The application can be found HERE

Before you begin! Review FAQs, guidelines and begin a draft of your application HERE

GUIDELINES FOR FUNDING

The fund would like to support activities which increase awareness of the critical issue of youth depression and suicide, reduce the stigma of seeking help for mental health concerns, and create an environment where young people feel able to connect and contribute to the community. Additional details and examples are included in the fund brochure. 

Priority will be given to projects that reflect current best practices and coordinate with other programs in the school and community to support youth mental health and wellness.
  
While other MAEF grants typically support only activities which happen during the school day, Oliver’s Fund would also like to support activities that focus on parent education and provide families resources and support. 
   
Grant Applications for Oliver’s Fund will be reviewed by an advisory committee consisting of a representative from the MAEF Board of Directors, the Zlonis Family, a mental health professional from the community and one other community member familiar with local mental health initiatives.  

Individuals and groups receiving funds from Oliver’s Fund are requested to provide a written summary at the conclusion of the activity or project (a form will be provided). 

Foundation policy and Internal Revenue Service regulations require that funds be returned to the Foundation for activities that are not completed.

Applications for funding are due January 22, 2018.  Decisions will be made in March 2018.