The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is accepting proposals for the Texas Communities Count initiative, which aims to support complete count efforts in Texas for the 2020 Census. Through the initiative, the foundation plans to award grants totaling $2 million.
With the goal of encouraging participation in the census and ensuring that every person in the state is counted, the initiative will award grants totaling $2 million in support of collaborative census approaches designed to reach traditionally hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities, and geographic areas in Texas.
Hard-to-count (HTC) populations are defined as persons who typically do not get captured by census data, according to the Census Bureau’s research. Examples are children under the age of five, highly mobile people, racial and ethnic minorities, non-English speakers, low-income and homeless people, and undocumented immigrants. People with mental health conditions are also a HTC population.
The foundation seeks proposals that support 1) direct, local, on-the-ground complete count efforts, or 2) statewide coordination of local efforts. Preference will be given to strategies that focus on HTC populations and communities or geographic regions in Texas that are designated as health professional shortage areas (HPSA).
In addition to ensuring an accurate count, the initiative also is an opportunity to encourage new forms of community collaboration and civic engagement that yield benefits for Texans over the long-term.
The deadline for submitting proposals is September 23, 2019.
For additional details about the initiative and application instructions, see the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health website.