Montana Mental Health Trust Grants

Montana Mental Health Trust

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Predicted deadline: Sep 14, 2021 4:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Fields of work: Addiction & Substance Abuse Crisis Intervention Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases

Applicant type: Nonprofit, For-Profit Business, Indigenous Group, Government Entity, College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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About this funder:



The Montana Mental Health Trust (the “Trust”) was created to support programs, services, and resources for the prevention, treatment, and management of serious mental illness of Montana children and adults, including programs, services, and resources for:

  • Education and information for medical providers concerning appropriate prescribing practices for patients with mental illness;
  • Training and education for Law Enforcement personnel and other persons concerning effective and appropriate crisis intervention techniques and resources;
  • Crisis intervention service to persons supervised or managed by the criminal justice system;
  • Transition funding for persons transitioning from an in-patient mental health treatment environment to an out-patient treatment and independent living environment;
  • Children’s mental health programs; and
  • Peer-to-peer services.

Selected Topics

The Trustees look forward to receiving applications in accordance with the Trust’s Current 2019 Grant Application Guidelines. As noted in these Guidelines, the Trustees strongly prefer grant applications addressing one of the following:

  • Invest in payer organizations to perform and disseminate research on pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment and effectiveness strategies in Montana.
    • Resources for the treatment of SDMI or SED are limited and it is important to understand which treatment modalities are most effective for the state of Montana. Research should focus on major clinical outcomes such as hospitalizations, mortality, maintenance of treatment, and adverse events.
  • Development of evidence based or promising novel programs to serve individuals with co-occurring disorders in an integrated manner. Bi-directional links are known between mental illness, addiction, and medical illness. This would include transitional youth, ages 16-24, with a substance abuse problem (use or disorder) and serious emotional disturbance (SED or SDMI diagnosis).
    • Many persons suffer from both mental illness and chemical addiction. Without a program to address both of these issues together, little progress can be made toward recovery. Programs that are currently providing such treatment, training, or programs wishing to begin these services should apply. The Trust is interested in fostering creative linkages between existing entities. Community based approaches will be more highly rated than inpatient models.
  • Provision of physical, psychological, laboratory, pharmacological and educational services to all persons in Montana.
    • This could be a distance-based service to assure provision of expert advice to rural practitioners and their patients without requiring them to leave their communities. A recent grant has proven invaluable in providing psychological evaluation and advice to probation officers and local practitioners for treatment of persons under supervision of the Department of Corrections. It is anticipated that this concept could benefit all mentally ill persons in Montana and secure evaluations and recommendations for treatment by connection with specialists by electronic means. The patients could then secure their prescriptions and treatment locally in their own community.
  • Provide transitional housing for persons released from treatment/custodial facilities.
    • Many of the individuals with SDMI are released from prison, detention, and even involuntary treatment cannot secure adequate housing upon release and often return to custody because of that problem. Agencies or programs are encouraged to seek funding to match other sources to assure that those in transition will have housing so they can access their treatment needs and integrate back into the community.
  • Establishment and/or continuance of community crisis systems for law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and courts to divert mentally ill persons from incarceration.
    • Past and current grants have assisted in statewide crisis intervention training (CIT). A shortage of local funds must be replaced by other funds to provide training and implementation. While local matches are encouraged, any application will be considered if it furthers CIT in the state. With the current CIT operating in the state, it is hoped that all law enforcement and first responders will have an opportunity for training. It is further hoped that this funding could be used to support community-based approaches to diversion.

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  • Applications for grants are considered from public or private entities, whether organized for profit or for non-profit. 


  • Factors that will weigh favorably in considering applications include:
    • Providing services to those populations historically underserved or economic groups typically not eligible for traditional funding sources. 
    • Innovative and creative ways to assist beneficiaries, which are shown to be well thought out, well planned, and feasible.
    • Collaboration with other programs, organizations, and entities, if such collaboration is appropriate to the proposed project or program. 
    • Sustainability of the program or project if such is appropriate for the proposed project.
    • Leveraging of funds from the Trust with funds and assistance not provided by the Trust.
    • The completion of the services funded by the grant by December 31 in the year following application, or later upon agreement of the Trust .  


  • The Trust will not grant funds to individuals.
    • Individuals seeking trust funds may be able to join with an appropriate organization for purposes of submitting a proposal.
  • The following types of applications WILL NOT be considered: 
    • For the benefit of specific individuals.
    • For propagandizing or for influencing legislation and elections. 
    • To organizations which, in policy or practice, unfairly discriminate against race, ethnic origin, sex, creed, or religion. 
    • To out-of-state organizations.
    • To projects that expend funds to assist persons who are not Montana residents.
  • Applications that propose “indirect” or “overhead” costs of more than 5% of the requested amount will generally be given a low priority.


This page was last reviewed March 31, 2020 and last updated March 31, 2020