Hogg Foundation Launches Program to Support Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities

People in Texas experience more mental health challenges as a result of differential exposure to community conditions that negatively influence health and well-being. These conditions, including social, environmental and economic factors, often stem from structural and historic differences in power and resources, but opportunities exist to address this stigma and misperception in community settings.

Through its new Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities program, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health will support rural communities in their efforts to inclusively and collaboratively transform the environments where people live, learn, work, and play and support resilience, mental health, and well-being for all members of the community. The foundation plans to award up to five grants totaling $2 million. It also plans to award a separate coordinator grant to facilitate technical assistance and evaluation for the grantees, and to assist the foundation in thoughtfully partnering with and learning alongside grantees.

Grant recipients are expected to develop or build on a community collaborative that engages diverse stakeholders and traditionally excluded groups in meaningful ways. Each collaborative will develop strategies to become a healthier community that supports resilience, mental health, and well-being. With a population health approach to address specific conditions that contribute to mental health disparities, each collaborative will determine an effective path toward health equity and community wellness that is tailored to the needs and resources of their region.

Nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and institutions of higher education in Texas are eligible to submit a Letter of Interest. Applicants must be Texas-based and have an office, chapter, or affiliate in rural Texas.

LOIs must be received no later than March 7, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by May.

The Hogg Foundation will be hosting an optional informational teleconference on February 15, from 10:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m. (CST). Registration is required.

See the Hogg Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions