Mental Health Innovation Grant

The Houston Methodist Mental Health Innovation Grant was established in 2016 and encourages community partner collaboration to improve health outcomes of financially indigent populations affected by mental and behavioral health issues.


Prioritizing the Reduction of Barriers to Mental Health Care

The American Psychiatric Association defines mental illness as health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior, or a combination of these, and is key to relationships, personal and emotional well-being, and is key to contributing to community or society. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year. This grant focuses on the fourth identified health priority from the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment of:


  • Reducing Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Care Services

Currently, Houston Methodist is providing approximately $1 million to local nonprofits working to remove barriers to accessing mental and behavioral health services for financially indigent populations.  Click here for eligibility criteria and for Things to Know Before You Apply.



Annually, this grant is made available for application beginning in the Spring. Check this page in March 2021 for an update on when Letters of Intent will be accepted.


2020 Quarterly and Annual Report Form:

Current Grant Recipients may access their report form below. 

Report Form – Mental Health Innovation Grant