Career Initiatives



Career Initatives Grant Applications are NOW available for the 2015-2016 cycle!!!!

Click HERE for the full application in PDF format or HERE if you'd prefer it in Word.

If you are a past grantee who is applying to continue your project, you can also click HERE for the re-application form.


Career Initiatives provides opportunities for people who have personal experience with psychiatric diagnosis, extreme emotional distress, and /or trauma to start their own small businesses, self initiatied projects, or pursue self-employment. Career Initiatives offers individuals the opportunity to apply for seed money to support their endeavors.


Examples of successful Career Initiatives that are now self-sustained include:

The Anchor House of Artists in Northampton
An art gallery that provides opportunities to those with psychiatric diagnoses
Tutor Service Dogs
A business that trains service animals in Greenfield.
Eliot Cardinaux, classical/jazz pianist and poet, utilized much of his funds from his Career Initiatives grant to record a new album. His most recent work combines both his poetry and his piano playing within a quartet setting. The results are a wonderful experiment in improvisation and exploration.
Check back soon to hear the finished work and follow Eliot's musical paths!
Until then check out some goodies from Eliot below.
Listen/Purchase Eliot Cardinaux's 2014 release "No Dreams Here"
Or check out Eliot performing "Reflections for a Princess" at the Anchor House of Artists: