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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Engage the Public in Mental Health Advocacy

2022 Mental Health Peer 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 the public in mental health policy development. 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 certified peer specialist or substance use recovery coach as a peer mental health policy fellow.

The goal of this initiative is to increase the voice of individuals with lived experience with mental health and/or substance use conditions in mental health policy development and implementation, and to build consumer capacity to effectively engage in mental health and substance use policy and advocacy in Texas.

Through this grant program, the foundation builds on the original post-graduate mental health policy fellowship program by creating a track for peer policy fellows. This grant program provides individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use conditions opportunities to develop policy and advocacy skills and serve as the often-missing voice at the table, thus building their capacity to engage in policy and advocacy. Peer fellows acquire the skills and expertise needed to provide the peer community with mentors and leaders who can effectively influence policy and help others develop the knowledge and skills needed to advocate successfully.

The foundation recognizes that individuals with lived experience of mental health conditions often live with co-occurring substance use conditions. Although best practices recognize the need for integrated and collaborative care, historically, the co-occurrence of mental health and substance use has been addressed in silos. Organizations interested in mental health, substance use, or co-occurring conditions are encouraged to apply. 

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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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.

Fellowships are open to certified mental health peer specialists or substance use recovery coaches with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use conditions with two years of recent work experience (either paid employment or volunteer work). Recent college graduates (within the past 18 months) may substitute education for work experience.

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 Peer Policy Fellow Grant and the 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.
- 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.

The period between the announcement of the grant awards and the July 1 start date is to be used to recruit peer fellows.

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 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 – $3,000 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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