Trellis Foundation is pleased to announce more than $2.5 million was awarded in June to support work across Texas, with an emphasis on statewide networks and strengthening postsecondary institutions’ mental health resources.

  • $101,000 to the Education Trust to advance equitable justice policy in Texas, elevate promising practices, and address challenges related to the equitable distribution of emergency aid to Texas students.
  • $200,000 to Communities Foundation of Texas to provide ongoing support for Educate Texas’ higher education strategy, policymaker education initiative, the Texas College Attainment Network, and development of education-to-employment partnerships in San Antonio.
  • $100,000 to the Texas Tribune to support nonpartisan coverage of higher education that will inform the Texas public and policymakers on issues regarding education access and completion for students from communities of color and low-income communities.
  • $10,000 to the United with Uvalde Fund to support immediate and long-term mental health services for students, teachers, and families in Uvalde in response to the recent and tragic events at Robb Elementary School.
  • $2,145,000 in support of mental health and wellbeing at colleges and universities across the state in response to the Foundation’s 2022 request for proposals. Institutional cohort members include:
    • Alamo Colleges
    • Amarillo College
    • Angelo State University
    • Austin Community College District
    • Paul Quinn College
    • Sam Houston State University
    • San Jacinto College District
    • University of Houston-Downtown
    • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    • Victoria College

Cohort members will receive grants for their institution’s work as well as additional technical assistance through the learning community and four technical assistance partners. The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute will lead the community, with additional expertise provided by The Steve Fund, The Jed Foundation and Active Minds.

As the lead technical assistance provider and learning community intermediary, the Meadows Institute team will work closely with grantees, providing them with existing mental health resources and crafting key takeaways from the work as it develops. Over the next two years as the learning community launches, Trellis Foundation and the grant partners will share these learnings with the field to provide guidance and updates to institutions building similar strategies and programming.

About Trellis Foundation

Trellis Foundation advances equitable educational opportunities in Texas by supporting postsecondary programs, practices and systems that reduce disparities and lead to success for low-income students and students of color. More information is available at