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Reva Gerstein Legacy Fund

Thanks to a generous donation on the occasion of Dr. Reva Gerstein’s 90th birthday, by her sons Irving and Ira and their families, the Gerstein Crisis Centre established “The Reva Gerstein Legacy Fund” in 2007 to honour Dr. Gerstein’s commitment to psychiatric survivors.The fund is used to help projects that are run by and for psychiatric survivors, reflecting her interest in education, research and other projects that support the independent spirit of the psychiatric survivor community. The grants are dispersed annually by a committee consisting of the Executive Director, the Chair and Vice-Chair of Gerstein Crisis Centre’s Board of Directors, together with an outside representative from the psychiatric survivor community. If you are intersted in applying for a grant from the Reva Gerstein Legacy Fund, please contact Susan Davis, Executive Director at 416-929-0149 x222 or

The Reva Gerstein Legacy Fund is seeking submissions for 2018/19.

The Legacy Fund has been set up through a generous gift from Reva Gerstein’s sons in honour of their mother’s significant contributions to the mental health community and her interest in education, research and other projects that celebrate the independent spirit of the survivor community.

Successful submissions include a variety of initiatives including tuition, art and film, educational and small business support. Proposals should have a budget of no more than $4000 (most grants are in the $500-$1500 range).

Applications should include contact information, a description of the initiative and a budget. For more information or to access a proposal outline, please visit Gerstein Crisis Centre website at

All proposals should be sent to Gerstein Crisis Centre, 100 Charles St. E, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1V3

Or sent by e-mail to:

Follow-up conversations or meeting may also be arranged

Submission deadline August 15, 2018

The process for application includes a letter of interest outlining the following;

  1. A brief description of how the project achieves the goals of the Legacy Fund;
  2. A short overview of the project or purpose for which assistance is requested (2 pages max)
  3. A brief description of past projects that will indicate your ability to complete this endeavour;
  4. A brief budget and time-line of activities. (up to $4000 however most projects funded fall into the $500-$1500 range)
  5. Alternative funding sources to complete the project if the Legacy Fund is unable to fund the whole budget.
Dr. Reva Gerstein

Reva Gerstein

Dr. Reva Gerstein has had a long and distinguished career as a psychologist, educator and community leader. She has made an extraordinary impact on mental health and its related research. Educated as a psychologist, she received her Ph.D. from University of Toronto in 1945.