Request for Proposals (RFP)

Mental Health by Design (MHxD) in Schools Award

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, ThriveNYC, and the Fund for Public Health in New York City are collaborating to award citywide funding of up to $10,000 for public high schools under the Mental Health by Design (MHxD) in Schools Award. MHxD is an extension of Active Design in Schools (ADS), an award program that aims to support infrastructure enhancements in schools that promote physical activity and healthy living among students and members of the school community. For MHxD, we will select 15 high schools to receive grants of $10,000 to support built environment projects that have a demonstrated link to improved mental health outcomes.


The MHxD application gives examples of projects that would qualify for this grant. The Active Design Toolkit for Schools also highlights several projects, such as the installation of murals and gardens, which provide emotional wellness benefits like improved mood and decreased stress and anxiety.


Applications are now open and will be due February 13, 2017 by 11:59PM EST. All DOE high schools are eligible to apply.


Click here to apply!


If you have any questions, email [email protected] and indicate “MHxD” in the subject line by January 23, 11:59PM EST. Answers to all RFP questions will be posted to the FPHNYC website by 5:00PM EST on January 30, 2017.




UPDATED Important Dates:

January 3, 2017 by 11:59PM EST

January 23, 2017 by 11:59PM EST: Deadline to submit questions to [email protected]

January 6, 2017

January 30, 2017: Questions and answers posted to FPHNYC website RFP page

January 23, 2017 by 11:59PM EST

February 13, 2017 by 11:59PM EST: Application Due

February 6, 2017

February 27, 2017: Project implementation begins, including working with Hyperakt and Architectural Consultants

June 30, 2017: Project completion deadline