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Providence-based mental health group receives grant to expand services to young people of color

The Steve Fund received the funding from Sony Corporation of America, which will be spread over three years to increase digital technology and outreach across the US.

PROVIDENCE — The Steve Fund, a nonprofit focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, announced it had received funding through a new partnership with Sony Corporation of America.

The funding will be spread over the course of three years, and will be used to dramatically expand the fund’s digital technology and to scale the fund’s services to students, families, and professionals across the country.

The donation comes from Sony’s $100 million Global Social Justice Fund, which was established in June 2020. The grant amount was not disclosed publicly, nor was a spokesperson from The Steve Fund available for comment. But a staff member at Sony told the Globe Tuesday that the grant amount was “between $750,000 and $1 million.”


In 2019, The Steve Fund received about $1.6 million in grants and contributions, according to its 990 tax form.

“Impacting millions more people is possible, but it requires new and diverse modes of outreach that harness the power of technology,” Evan Rose, the cofounder and president of The Steve Fund, said on Tuesday. He said with Sony’s grant, the Steve Fund will undertake a large-scale, organizational digital transformation that will allow users to experience their programming virtually.

The fund already works with colleges and universities, nonprofits, and corporations, but the new programs will focus on education and training for students, families, faculty, and mental health professionals through education workshops, building out community conversations, and well-being webinars.

The grant also will help the fund work with other institutions of higher education, high schools, family and community centers, businesses, and other organizations that are looking to strengthen their mental health and well-being support services.

Alexa Gagosz can be reached at alexa.gagosz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @alexagagosz and on Instagram @AlexaGagosz.