Melanie E. Rawlins Research Grant

Deadline for receiving grant requests is Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling will award up to $1,000 to each Melanie E. Rawlins Research Grant recipient.  Applicants may be a counseling graduate student, a practicing mental health professional (minimum Masters degree), counseling or mental health organization in Illinois. 
The awards will be presented by the Foundation at a time and place to be determined. Recipients will be given advanced notice in plenty of time to attend. Grant recipients are expected to be in attendance for the award presentation.


Particular areas to be focused on include, but are not limited to: 


  • Under-served Populations

  • Disadvantaged

  • Veterans

  • Increasing awareness of counseling

  • Increasing knowledge of obtaining support for counseling/mental health programs, how and where to get grants

  • Use of technology 

  • Ways to improve mental health services, methods, approaches, and techniques

  • Improving Counselor Education and Training

  • Leadership Training and Participation

  • Improving ways to get counselors and students involved in the mental health profession

  • Mental Health Professionals and Political Advocacy

  • Immigrants and Immigration

  • Coping with the effects of traumatic events (i.e. natural disasters, violence, mass shootings, terrorism, human/sex trafficking)


This grant is to support a research project, the results of which must be submitted for publication in an appropriate professional journal and/or be submitted as a proposal for presentation at a 2021/2022 local, state, regional, or national professional counseling/mental health conference. The recipient is to notify the Foundation of their plans and where they have submitted proposal(s). 
The Foundation requires that the individual or group representative applying for a grant belong to a professional mental health organization, such as the Illinois Counseling Association, in order to ensure grants are awarded to those who are adhering to a professional Code of Ethics. 
One person or group can submit one application per grant cycle. 
The use of grant funds for salaries and/or stipends will be considered.  

Mileage in the grant application can be considered for transporting clients to and from your program.
This research project must be completed by December 31, 2021 and must advance the counseling profession. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the mandate requiring attendance at a Foundation sponsored recognition event has been eliminated for the 2020/21 grant cycle.  We respect the needs of our grantees, colleagues, and organizations and remain committed to keeping communities safe by adhering to social distancing and respecting CDC recommendations.

Special consideration will be given to applications regarding the use of innovation and technology in meeting the needs of populations impacted or impaired by COVID-19. This includes social workers, counselors, and mental health professionals utilizing technology in an effort to assist clients and agencies in need.

All sections of this form must be completed thoroughly. The Grant Certification may be submitted online or sent as a PDF to the Foundation.  Complete each section of the proposal thoroughly by including your responses and documentation of the following:


Proceed to Submit an Application for the Melanie E. Rawlins Research Grant


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In January 2017 the Secretary of State approved the Illinois Counseling Association Foundation's request to conduct business as the
Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling.

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