Montana Mental Health Trust Grants

Montana Mental Health Trust

Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 14, 2019 4:00pm PDT

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

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

Location of project: Montana

Location of residency: Montana

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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 would prefer applications addressing one or more of the following topics:

One: Development of evidence based programs to serve individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Entities and programs providing these services for mentally ill persons would continue current services or propose new approaches.

A more detailed description of this topic follows: 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 or programs wishing to begin this should make application. The Trust is particularly interested in considering evidence based models or one which seeks to develop such a program.

Two: Provision of physical, psychological, and pharmacological services to all persons in Montana.

This would 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 more detailed description of this topic follows: A recent grant has proven invaluable in providing psychological evaluation and advice to probation officers and local practicioners 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.

Three: Provide transitional housing for persons released from treatment/custodial facilities.

Too many of the mentally ill released from prison, detention, and even involuntary treatment cannot secure adequate housing upon release and often return to custody because of that problem.

A more detailed description of this topic follows: When a person is released from custody, there is often little assistance with housing because of expense and/or the condition of the person. 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 also begin integration back into the community.

Four. Establishment and/or continuance of community crisis systems for law enforcement agencies to divert mentally ill persons from incarceration.

A more detailed description of this topic follows: 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.

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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.

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