How do we know our county is in your service area?
Please refer to this map of the Episcopal Health Foundation’s (EHF) geographic focus areas, which is inclusive of the Powell Foundation’s three areas of focus: Harris, Travis, and Walker counties. The map should be used as a comprehensive listing of qualifying service areas.

Can organizations that serve areas that extend beyond those areas of focus for the Episcopal Health Foundation and Powell Foundation apply?
The primary benefit of organizations participating in the Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative should be to one or more of the counties highlighted within the EHF map. If your organization’s focus area extends beyond the region outlined, please share what percentage of programming offered will benefit the EHF and Powell Foundation service area. Additionally, organizations that serve low-income or historically underserved communities within this region will be prioritized.

Can an organization apply to participate as part of two applications - both independently and as part of a larger community coalition?
A total of 10 organizations will be selected to participate in the Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative. If a community coalition is interested in participating, the lead organization within the coalition may apply and describe the community coalition’s work within its application. However, the primary focus of organizational development and learning would be for the lead organization rather than all organizations within the coalition. As a result, organizations that are members in a community coalition but that do not serve as its lead organization may apply separately. 

Do applicants have to be a direct service or nonprofit organization?
Health, education, and a broad variety of other “human services”-focused organizations are eligible to apply. Organizations do not need to be engaged in direct service to qualify. However, eligibility is contingent on organizations’ status as either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency or a 170(c) governmental entity (excluding private foundations).

If our organization has over 15 programs, can only one program apply?
The Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative is an organizational-level project, and not program specific. Each organization should consider and describe how it plans to infuse brain science within existing programs and policies across the organization or agency.

How are programs allowed to use the funds? Are applicants required to submit a budget?
Funds must be directed towards expenses related to participation in the learning collaborative. They may be utilized for a broad variety of purposes, including travel (when safe to do so), staff time, learning opportunities, materials, and more. Generally, the use of funds is expected to vary based on each organization’s goals for participation in the learning collaborative, and a budget is not required until after selection. 

Is there a minimum number of clients that must be served to be eligible?  
No.

How large are the teams from each participating organization? Is it comprised of leadership or direct service staff? What type of roles are required?
While we do not prescribe specific roles, our experience is that generally, the project team is comprised of senior leadership staff with sponsorship from executive leadership. Program staff are typically engaged as deemed appropriate by senior leadership throughout the project.

Is there a level of readiness that you feel an organization needs to have to participate in this?
The organization must have the capacity to participate, and the commitment from organizational leadership to ensure involvement in the learning collaborative.

What policy changes did the first Change in Mind Collaborative drive at the community level?
The first collaborative led to statewide changes and policies, including in WA and NY states. The work influenced policy changes in child welfare, foster care, and education. The work also impacted the work and priorities for funders as they developed a greater understanding of the significance of brain science in improving systems. Additionally, the work changed internal organizational policies and processes. Please see the Change in Mind website for more in-depth information and site specific examples of changes at the practice, policy, and systems levels.

What is the expectation for organizations regarding commitment, as in time and outputs during the collaboration?
It is expected that the staff involved in the Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative from every organization will attend all five convenings  Each of those convenings will be 2.5 days. Each organization and project team are also expected to fully participate in the site visits. Outside of that, the amount of time each organization spends on the project will vary based on what you have identified in your theory of change and how engaged you choose to be in the project. There will also be opportunities for you to engage more deeply with our experts and consultants. A general estimate you might expect to spend as part of the collaborative is 10-20 hours per month over the two-year period. Some months it may be more and others it may be less. But again, this will vary organization to organization.

Are there word or character limits built into the application form?
The application provides a general word count guideline for each question and varies between 500-1,000 words depending on the question.

Where can I access the recording of the information session?
You can access the recording here.

Will the convenings be virtual or in-person?
The first two convenings are scheduled to be held in June and October of 2021 and will be held virtually. After that, we will assess the situation to determine whether the remaining convenings will be virtually or in-person. We are hopeful that the site visits and convenings beginning in 2022 can be done in-person.

How many staff participate in the convenings/project?
You are welcome to have as many staff participate as you like. In the original Change in Mind cohort, on average, each site brought five people to each convening.

Do organizations need to be a certain size to participate?
There is no requirement for the size of any one organization. The original cohort consisted of a wide array of organization sizes, including multi-state agencies and small neighborhood-based organizations. 

How will participating organizations work and interact with the experts?
Organizations will be connected to identified leading experts in the relevant fields. If there are specific individuals you are aware of and would like to connect to, you are welcome to do so.