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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Support Mental Health Advocacy Activities

2022 Mental Health Policy Fellow Grants


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Funding Source
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/04/22 11:59 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to engage in advocacy activities that address mental health and substance abuse issues. Applicants must register in the portal not less than five business days prior to the application deadline. Funding is intended to cover expenses related to employing a mental health policy fellow, including salary and benefits, mentorship, professional development, and overhead costs.

Mental Health Policy Fellow Grants

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations in Texas to respond to this request for proposals (RFP) to fund policy fellow positions. The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of individuals and organizations effectively engaging in mental health and substance use policy and advocacy in Texas.

Specific objectives include:

  • Increasing the capacity of organizations to engage in effective mental health and/or substance use policy and advocacy;
  • Increasing the number of individuals in the workforce with the skills, knowledge, expertise, and passion needed to engage effectively in mental health and/or substance use policy; and
  • Increasing the recognition of the importance of individuals with lived experience in the development of policy, and the need for a focus on health disparities and historically excluded groups in the mental health and/or substance use policy area.

Public policy encompasses a variety of activities aimed at creating systems change including policy analysis, strategy development, implementation planning, systems monitoring, evaluation, and advocacy.

Grantees are expected to ensure that the fellow has strong policy and mental health mentorship. A major consideration of these grant awards will be the ability of the designated mentor(s) to support the fellow in their policy work.

Proposals should outline a work plan for fellow activities and responsibilities. The plan should provide opportunities for a variety of mental health and/or substance use policy experiences for the fellow. The plan should also include strategies for addressing the fellow’s professional development.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental entities, and higher education institutions in Texas are eligible to submit proposals. Applicants must be Texas-based or have offices, chapters, or affiliates in Texas. Examples of eligible organizations include nonprofits, mental health and consumer advocacy organizations, colleges and universities, research-based organizations, and state, regional and local government agencies.

Organizations interested in mental health, substance use, or co-occurring conditions are encouraged to apply. Organizations not currently engaged in mental health and/or substance use policy and those with limited capacity, but have a desire to engage in mental health and/or substance use policy, are also encouraged to apply.

The fellow is required to have a master’s degree or higher in a related field, including but not limited to: Law, social work, public policy, psychology, public health, etc. The fellow must have graduated within the previous 18 months prior to the start of the fellowship period (July 1, 2022).

Pre-Proposal Conference
Informational Teleconference:
- An informational teleconference will take place Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, 2:00–3:30 pm, CST. Please note that this teleconference will address both the Policy Fellow Grant and the Peer Policy Fellow Grant Requests for Proposals.
- Dial-in instructions will be provided to registrants prior to the teleconference. Teleconference registration (participation is optional) must be done by Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, 11:59 pm, CST, at
- Please email questions for the teleconference in advance to the email in Contact Information below by 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.
- Teleconference questions and answers will be posted at no later than Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Coaching session:
- In an effort to assist applicants in developing a proposal, applicants will be offered up to 2 hours (including document review) of proposal development feedback and coaching provided by consultant, Doug Smith (free of charge). Coaching sessions are limited to the first 50 requests for both RFPs. Please make sure only one coaching session request is submitted per organization.
- Proposal Development Coaching Sessions are available February 1, 2022 through February 28, 2022.
- Register for a coaching session at

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Proposal Development Coaching Sessions: Available Feb. 1, 2022 through Feb. 28, 2022.
- Teleconference registration: By Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, 11:59 pm, CST
- Submit Questions for Teleconference: By Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, 5:00 pm, CST
- Informational Teleconference: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, CST
- Teleconference questions and answers: Posted by Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022
- Grants management system (Fluxx) registration: By Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, 11:59 pm, CST
- Proposal due date: Friday, March 4, 2022, 11:59 pm, CST
- Award Notification: Notice of awards will be made in April 2022

In order to submit a proposal, applicants must first register with the Hogg Foundation’s grants management system (Fluxx) at least five business days before the proposal due date.

The (university's) grant office review and approval process may take several business days, so please check with your institution and plan accordingly. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals to the grant office well before the proposal due date to allow sufficient time for review and approval.

Both the fellows and the mentors are expected to actively participate in the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy facilitated by Texans Care for Children, including the one-week federal immersion training conducted in Washington, DC during the second year of the grant. All costs for the federal training are covered by the foundation through the policy academy grant. It is anticipated that the mentors and fellows will participate in academy activities approximately once a month. The activities associated with the academy may include regular meetings, conference calls, webinars, presentations/updates, trainings, site visits, and retreats.

The foundation’s communication with applicants is limited to the teleconference, email correspondence, and the website. The foundation will not accept phone calls regarding the RFP except for questions related to technical issues with the online submission process.

Eligible organizations are allowed to submit proposals for one or both of this and the Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow Program grants.

Number of Grants
The foundation plans to award up to five grants.

Estimated Size of Grant
All expenses in this grant are pre-determined except for the fellow’s salary and fringe benefits:
a. Fellow salary – 95 percent of annual salary, which must be in the range of $40,000 - $50,000. The foundation will pay 100 percent of fringe benefits.
b. Mentor stipend – $5,000 per year
c. Professional Development – $2,000 per year to be used for the fellow for training, conferences, workshops, subscriptions and similar professional development expenses.
d. Overhead – 10 percent of the grant.
e. Travel (if grantee organization is outside of the Austin area) – $5,000 per year

Term of Contract
The grant term is for two years and begins on July 1, 2022.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Please send any questions, including questions for the Teleconference, by email to

For technical assistance with the online submission process, please contact grants management staff at (512) 471-5041 or at the above email.

Hogg Foundation 2020
3001 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

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