MLB & MLBPA Announce Third Round of 11 Nonprofit Recipients of the "Healthy Relationships Community Grant" Program

Q3 Funding Brings Overall Donation to $1.5 Million Toward Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors and Providing Services for Mental Health Resiliency & Positive Relationship Skills
Nov 23, 2020 10:45 AM ET
Press Release

November 23, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today announced the third round of recipients of the joint “Healthy Relationships Community Grant” program. The current distribution of nearly $500,000 is going to 11 nonprofit organizations, marking approximately $1.5 million donated to 32 organizations as part of the third of seven donation phases through 2021. The focus areas for the organizations receiving funding include support for survivors of domestic violence, mental health resiliency, and developing positive relationship skills in youth as a preventive measure to breaking the cycle of violence.

Organizations were encouraged to apply for funding to cover general operating expenses, allowing them to respond to their greatest needs, or program support. The recipients are as follows:


City, State

Category of Focus


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside

Redlands, Calif.

Relationship Skills

Relationship Smarts

Bresee Foundation Youth Center

Los Angeles, Calif.

Mental Health Resiliency

Mental Health Program for 100+ Low-Income LA Youth

Children’s Law Center

Washington, D.C.

Mental Health Resiliency

General Operating

Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center Inc.

Leesburg, Fla.

Mental Health Resiliency

TREAT Program

Northern Virginia Family Service

Oakton, Va.

Mental Health Resiliency

NVFS' Multicultural Mental Health Services

Northwest Immigrants Rights Project

Seattle, Wash.

Survivors of Domestic Violence

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit Support

Pueblo Nuevo Education and Development Group

Los Angeles, Calif.

Mental Health Resiliency

School-Based Mental Health for Resilient Students

Genesis Women's Shelter & Support

Dallas, Texas

Survivors of Domestic Violence

Genesis Clinical Counseling & Advocacy Program

The Women's Center

Vienna, Va.

Survivors of Domestic Violence

General Operating

Violence Intervention Program

New York, N.Y.

Survivors of Domestic Violence

General Operating

Young Women's Resource Center

Des Moines, Iowa

Relationship Skills

Resilient Young Moms

This overall initiative is a $3 million commitment to provide funding in 2020 and 2021 to organizations that support healthy relationships through programs designed to build and improve relationship skills of the next generation, strengthen and provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence, and improve mental health resiliency among vulnerable populations.

U.S.-based nonprofit and global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can still apply for localized support at and throughout the year, with proposals reviewed on a quarterly grant cycle. Nonprofits and NGOs may apply for grants of up to $50,000 for general operating or programmatic funding for one or more of the following categories: Healthy Relationship Practices/Education, Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence, and/or Mental Health Resiliency. Grant applications will be evaluated quarterly based on assessment of the population served, organization strength, impact, partnerships, sustainability of the programs, and more.

This initiative is intended as a prevention strategy to empower the next generation to understand the components of a healthy relationship. Organizational efforts supported by grant funding may include public education, with a preference for youth populations, on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships as it relates to interpersonal violence (e.g., intimate partner, family or teen dating). Examples of education efforts include creating, producing & distributing public service announcements with relevant content and call to action as well as conferences or events focusing on awareness. Funding can also go toward supporting existing, or introducing new, programming on how to break the cycle of violence.

Strengthening and providing services to survivors of domestic violence is of critical importance to this grant initiative. Efforts may include (a) capacity building in support of the organizational mission of the nonprofit or NGO; (b) mental health support; (c) professional and life skills workshops as well as additional education and materials to improve employee readiness and workplace development; or (d) advocacy efforts to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Efforts toward building and improving mental health resiliency for vulnerable populations may include providing greater access to (a) quality mental health services and wellness programs; (b) preventative programs designed to reduce suicide, suicidal ideations and self-harm; (c) training programs for mental health professionals; or (d) school or community-based interventions.

The joint donation for the “Healthy Relationships Community Grant” represents an ongoing commitment by MLB and the MLBPA to provide support to causes that assist vulnerable populations, which has historically included financial assistance toward disaster relief and recovery as well as human trafficking prevention.

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Contact:         Steve Arocho or Kerline Batista, Major League Baseball, (212) 931-7878, @MLB_PR

                           Silvia Alvarez, Major League Baseball Players Association, (646) 285-1819,, @MLB_PLAYERS.