Through grantmaking, the Episcopal Health Foundation funds innovative solutions to help transform the systems that influence and shape the health of Texans. We're investing in nonprofit organizations to have the infrastructure, know-how and resources necessary to solve the challenges that cause people to be unhealthy.

NEW Guidance for potential applicants for:
Mental Health (Now Behavioral Health)

Deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry for the Mental Health (now Behavioral Health) strategy cycle is
July 21, 2017

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Send us an email or call EHF at 713-225-0900 if you have any questions.


Strategy-specific funding cycles

The EHF Board has three remaining meetings in 2017 to review grants. We will consider applications addressing a specific EHF strategy or strategies at designated meetings as follows:

June 15, 2017 Board Meeting
Comprehensive community-based primary care
Access to health services

September 19, 2017 Board Meeting

Early childhood development
Community capacity building

December 4, 2017 Board Meeting

Mental health

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process

For applications seeking funding in the June 2017 cycle and thereafter, we ask that you complete a short Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form to submit to EHF.

The LOI will help us determine whether your organization and/or project are aligned with our strategies and eligible for consideration. We will review the LOI.  If approved, you will receive an invitation to complete a full application.

Invitations to apply will be emailed and contain a link to the application.

Click here for the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form
Follow the accompanying instructions on how to download the form and submit your LOI form to EHF.


NEW Deadlines for 2017:

2017 Grant Review Schedule





Funding Cycle


LOI Submission

Grant Application Submission

Board Consideration





March 2, 2017


Comprehensive community-based primary care / Access to health services

February 1, 2017

March 20, 2017

June 15, 2017


Early childhood development / Community capacity building

April 18, 2017

June 16, 2017

September 19, 2017


Mental health

July 21, 2017

September 15, 2017

December 14, 2017

We strongly encourage you to submit an LOI as far in advance of your corresponding deadline as possible. 
We will make every attempt to respond to your LOI as soon as possible, but no later than four weeks after submission.

Please call 713-225-0900 or send an email with any questions about this process or to discuss your request with a program officer.

NEW grant application

Only those applicants who have filed an LOI prior to the deadlines in the schedule above and have been invited to proceed to the full application will be given access to the official online portal and submission process.

NEW Grant Guidelines

We have made changes to our Grant Guidelines. We recommend that you read the Guidelines in full before starting the application process.

Strategies and Priorities for 2017 funding

In 2017, EHF will focus on five of the seven strategies in EHF’s current strategic plan.

  1. Access to health services

  2. Mental health (Now Behavioral Health)

  3. Community capacity building

  4. Comprehensive community-based primary care

  5. Early childhood development

We have identified the following priorities within each of these five strategies. These priorities are not exclusive, but they provide a framework for our most current thinking in these funding areas. Note: for all EHF funding strategies, our focus is on low-income, uninsured, underserved populations.

Priorities for access to health services

  • Enrollment of low-income populations in health insurance and/or other benefits programs that enable patients to understand and access health services.


Priorities for mental health services (now behavioral health)

Click here to see NEW guidance for mental health (now behavioral health) applicants

  • EHF takes an inclusive view of behavioral health which encompasses strategies to support mental health and to reduce the impact of substance use disorders
  • Implementation of integrated behavioral healthcare models within primary care settings. 
  • Integration of primary care services within behavioral health settings, including referrals with feedback loops.

Priorities for community capacity building

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  • Building and sustaining partnerships, collaborations and networks among community-based organizations to improve community health.
  • Engagement with individual community members to support their partnerships to improve community health.

Priorities for comprehensive community-based primary care

This funding strategy is directed toward community clinics serving low-income, uninsured and underserved populations

  • Development and implementation of programs to address the social determinants of health for patients.
  • Implementation of programs at community clinics to reduce unnecessary and/or inappropriate utilization of emergency department services.
  • Service expansion to include preventive, primary, behavioral, and dental care.
  • Implementation of alternative payment models (APMs).
  • Development of partnerships to expand the continuum of care including, but not limited to, streamlining the provision of specialty care.
  • Building the capacity of clinics serving a rural population.
  • Implementation of the Community Centered Health Homes (CCHH) model launched by EHF in 2016.
    • The CCHH model aims to strengthen the contribution of health centers to improve population health and the health of their patients by better addressing community/social determinants of health. It focuses on building community clinics’ capacity to address community prevention. Application to the first round of CCHH grants is closed.

Priorities for early childhood development (ECD)

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  • Interventions that target healthy brain development within children ages 0–3 through interaction with health care providers serving pregnant women and children and the families of children in that age range.
  • Interventions that build a strong parent-child bond through “serve and return” interactions.


Current grant partners with questions about our 2017 priorities should contact their EHF program officer.


What EHF Funds

The Episcopal Health Foundation makes grants to nonprofit, tax exempt organizations.  To be eligible, an organization must have received an Internal Revenue Service Determination Letter indicating that it is an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) or 170(c) and is not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve vulnerable populations within the 57-county service area of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

The Episcopal Health Foundation does not fund the following:

  1. Grants to individuals
  2. Grants for religious purposes
  3. Grants to public agencies for routine service provision
  4. Grants to retire operating deficits or debt
  5. Grants for parks, playgrounds, or camps
  6. Grants for acute care, inpatient care or long-term care institutions
  7. Grants for emergency assistance organizations for routine service provision
  8. Grants for biomedical research
  9. Grants for child care, early education or after-school programs for routine service provision
  10. Grants to schools for core educational purposes
  11. Grants for disease- or condition-specific organizations for research or advocacy work
  12. Grants to underwrite conferences, luncheons, galas, fundraisers or special events such as health fairs.
  13. Direct or indirect support for candidates, political parties, 501(c)(4) organizations or PACs


Types of Grants Awarded

EHF provides eligible applicants with the following types of competitive investments:

  • Restricted grants support specific activities carried out over a defined period and/or are planned in-order-to achieve a specific result or goal
  • Unrestricted grants support an organization’s day-to-day expenses in furtherance of its mission rather than specific projects or programs; may also include support to build organizational infrastructure

EHF also provides funding solicited by invitation only that include:

  • Small grants to provide up to $10,000 in support of the immediate short-term needs of an organization to address a specific organizational development or emergency issue
  • Request for Proposals when issued by the EHF to support specific initiatives of interest to the Foundation.

We will consider grants for capital support on a limited basis after consultation and by invitation only.