The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is accepting proposals for the Texas Communities Count initiative, which will support complete count efforts in Texas for the 2020 U.S. Census. The foundation plans to award grants totaling $2 million. The primary focus is to aid collaborative approaches that aim to reach traditionally hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities, and geographic areas throughout the state. The goal is to encourage participation in the 2020 Census so that every person in Texas is counted. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 23, 2019.
Hard-to-count (HTC) populations are defined as persons who typically do not get captured by census data; examples include 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.
Without a complete count during the 2020 Census, Texas will face unprecedented challenges, losing both resources, and representation for at least a decade. An accurate and complete census is necessary to determine fair allocation of federal dollars for resources, services, and infrastructure that support our everyday quality of life.
The foundation seeks proposals that (1) support direct, local, on-the-ground complete count efforts or (2) statewide coordination of these 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. In addition to ensuring an accurate count, this initiative is also an opportunity to encourage new forms of community collaboration and civic engagement that yield benefits for Texans over the long-term.
The Hogg Foundation envisions a future in which the people of Texas thrive in communities that support mental health and well-being. The Hogg Foundation believes it’s possible to transform how communities promote mental health in everyday life. The organization supports research and learning, practice and implementation, and policy initiatives to achieve this vision.
This was reported by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health on August 19, 2019.
Contact information: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 3001 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78703; 512-471-5041; Website: http://hogg.utexas.edu