Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities:
Questions and Answers

The foundation does not accept phone inquiries about grant projects, however, questions may be submitted to hogg-grants@austin.utexas.edu (we will respond within two business days). Those who are interested in applying are encouraged to review the Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities webpage and this Questions and Answers resource for the most up-to-date information.

Registration for the informational teleconference is closed and responses to questions addressed will be added to this page by February 19, and on a rolling basis thereafter.

What are the key dates and deadlines associated with this request for letters of interest?
  • Teleconference Registration Deadline – February 12, 2018 (11:59 p.m. CST)
  • Teleconference for Applicants (optional, highly recommended) – February 15, 2018 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. CST)
  • Fluxx Registration DeadlineCreate or update account by February 28, 2018 (3:59 p.m. CST)
  • Letter of Interest Submission Deadline – March 7, 2018 (11:59 p.m. CST)
  • Notification of Invitation to Submit Full Proposal – early April 2018
  • Full Proposal Submission Deadline – approximately four weeks after notification
  • Notification of Grantee Selection – early June 2018
  • Grant Start Date – July 1, 2018
Is there a print-friendly version of the request for letters of interest?

Yes. Download the print-friendly version.

When is the letter of interest due?

March 7, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CST

When will applicants be notified of the opportunity to submit a full proposal?

Applicants who are invited to submit full proposals will be notified in early April 2018. Upon notification, selected applicants will have approximately four weeks to submit their full proposal. Up to five grantees will be selected and all applicants will be notified in early June 2018.

Will assistance be available for the development of a full proposal?

The foundation will fund up to five hours of an external consultant’s time to assist selected applicants in the development of their full proposal. We highly recommend applicants utilize this offering.

How many grantees will be selected for this project?

Depending on the quality of proposals received, the foundation plans to award up to five, three-year grants (not to exceed $400,000 per community).

Please note: In addition, through a separate request for proposals (RFP), the foundation will fund one organization with a three-year coordinator grant to facilitate all technical assistance and evaluation with the Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities grantees. Information about this separate RFP will be available in March 2018.

Can existing Hogg Foundation grantees submit a letter of interest for this project?

Yes, current foundation grantees are eligible.

If an applicant does not have the capacity to manage the finances for this project, can they partner with a separate fiscal agent?

Yes, applicants may partner with a fiscal agent to manage the fiscal responsibilities and requirements of the grant.

How does the foundation define a "Texas-based" organization?

The applicant may be a Texas non-profit, university or governmental entity. A chapter, office or branch of a regional or national, nonprofit organization with permanent staff and programs based in Texas can serve as a lead applicant. If it is a national nonprofit organization, it must have a Texas chapter or office. Funds will be distributed to the Texas chapter or office. Applicants must provide an IRS determination letter at the time of their letter of interest submission.

What type of community is the best fit for this project?

While communities of 250,000 people or less are eligible to apply (including border communities), preference may be given to smaller communities to ensure project funding impacts the lives of traditionally marginalized and/or underserved populations. Multiple counties may collaborate as long as each county in the collaboration has 250,000 people or less. Check your community’s population.  

Why does the foundation define "rural community" as a county containing 250,000 people or less?

For the purposes of this project, the foundation defines “rural community” as a county containing 250,000 people or less because this definition aligns with the population criteria set forth by the Texas Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Collaborative Matching Grant Programs (HB13), authorized by the 85th Texas Legislative session.

HB13 established the development of a community mental health grant program for mental health services, designed to foster community collaboration, reduce duplication of mental health services, and strengthen continuity of care for individuals receiving services through a diverse local provider network. Fifty percent of the total to be awarded through HB13 will be reserved for community mental health programs located in counties with a population not greater than 250,000. Learn more

Why is the foundation interested in working with diverse communities?

As our population evolves to be more ethnically diverse, we must address mental health needs in ways that recognize and are sensitive to individual cultural experiences. For example, there are groups of people in Texas who experience higher rates of mental health challenges as a result of community conditions that influence their health and well-being. These conditions include social, environmental and economic factors, often stemming from structural differences in power and resources. The root causes of these differences include racism, sexism, classism, and other institutional and historic ways resources, opportunity and power are distributed. As our communities continue to evolve, diversity of cultures, world views, beliefs, and opinions are central to the development of a shared vision of well-being by all community members. Further, misperceptions persist about associations between mental health and violence. Opportunities exist to address these stigmas in community settings.

What is a community partner?

Community partners are key stakeholders. These people and entities are necessary to make the collaborative a success. These will vary by community, but can include individuals who live in the community, historically excluded and underserved group representatives, people with lived experience of mental health issues, community-based organization representatives, faith-based representatives, local business leaders, locally elected officials, governmental agency representatives, and researchers.

What is community-based participatory research (CBPR) and are grantees expected to conduct CBPR as part of this project?

It is not the foundation’s intention to fund a CBPR project through this request for letters of interest, however, we expect grantees to participate in a CBPR model with the help of the technical assistance and evaluation coordinator.

The concept of community is central to CBPR. It seeks to identify and build on strengths, resources and relationships that exist within communities to address their shared community health concerns, build a broad body of knowledge related to health and well-being while also disseminating and integrating that knowledge with community and social change efforts that address the concerns of the communities involved. CBPR is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves, for example, community members, locally elected officials, governmental agency representatives, community-based organization representatives, and key community stakeholders.

The aim of CBPR is to increase understanding of a given community issue or condition, integrate the knowledge gained with interventions to influence programmatic, policy and social change to improve the health and quality of life of community members. Lastly, the CBPR approach invites and engages communities that have been historically excluded on the basis of, for example, race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation in examining the impact of health disparities and collectively attempting to achieve health equity and community well-being. Learn more

If an applicant receives a Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities award, can the funds be used as a match for their HB13 application?

Yes, using the foundation’s award as match for your HB13 application is permissible, as long as there is no disruption to or hold placed on your foundation funded project.

The foundation intends to fund a separate grant coordinator. Can an applicant receive both a Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities award and the coordinator grant?

No. A rural community grantee is not eligible to apply for the coordinator grant.