Grants for specific programs or projects make up about 85% of our total giving. Capital projects and general operations account for the rest of our grants.

We prefer every dollar go toward direct services. However, we will review inclusion of overhead support on a case-by-case basis.

Our preference is programs. Programs make up about 85% of our funding.

Yes, in limited instances. We will consider a loan if you prefer this form of assistance and can demonstrate the ability to repay the loan in a reasonable time period.

On rare occasions, grants are awarded to organizations outside of Texas for a program or project that directly benefits the people of Texas.

No, we do not fund for-profit organizations.

No. Under the terms of our charter, we can only provide grants to qualified public entities and 501(c)(3) charities.

We do not fund scholarships. You may wish to research the following websites:

In general the Foundation does not make grants for:

  • Church or seminary construction
  • Fundraising event underwriting
  • Annual fundraising drives
  • Professional conferences and symposia unless directly related to our initiative areas
  • Out-of-state travel expenses for performances or competition
  • Single artistic events or performances

We accept grant proposals at any time throughout the year. We recommend that you submit your proposal at least four to five months before the funding is needed.

The Foundation’s board of directors approves grant awards in January, April, June, September, and November.

Please apply through our online application by clicking here.


We encourage you to thoroughly review the content provided on this site, then set up a phone call with a program officer for any additional questions. Ultimately, a full application is required for any kind of formal review.

Our grants staff is trained to review all types of requests, and certain program officers do work more heavily in specific areas. As such, if you reach out for a direct meeting, you will be routed to the most appropriate officer.

Please click here to send us a message or call us at 214-826-9431 if you would like to meet with a grants staff member. We are available by phone or email to discuss your project and may schedule a meeting if additional information is needed.

While we do not provide a grantwriting service, we encourage you to follow the directions and examples in our online application and to call if you have a question. Our grants staff will assist wherever they can with the process.

Yes. Complete the application to the best of your ability with the most current information you have. Once your application is reviewed, a member of our staff will call you if additional information is required.

You may submit them if you prefer. They are generally not necessary.

You will receive an acknowledgment email immediately when you apply online. If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your spam or junk email folder and add [email protected] to your safe senders list.

Our program officer reviewing your application will determine the need for a site visit.

No. It is a good idea to submit applications to multiple sources of funding to improve your overall chances of success.

Applications are usually processed within four to five months. You will receive written notification letting you know if your proposal was awarded or declined.

There are a number of factors that determine if a request is declined. Most frequently it is because we are unable to fund every request. Our board looks for programs and projects that are best aligned with our program areas and initiatives.

Yes, however, our policy limits grant requests from eligible organizations to one within each 12-month period.