The APF John and Polly Sparks First-Responder Grant will fund research to examine evidence-based interventions to protect the mental health of first responders in rural areas, conducted by psychologists. APF seeks projects whose results can be replicated throughout the targeted demographic. APF seeks to fund projects that will have an impact on the field and aims for the “multiplier effect,” that is, the ability of researchers to leverage the John and Polly Sparks grant by identifying further funding to expand their projects and increase the impact. 

Two grants will be awarded in 2024.