Apply for a Grant

What We Fund

There are three areas in which you can apply for a grant:


Open call for small dollar, wide-breadth grants in 8 areas:

  • Older Adults
  • Human-Animal Connection
  • Special Interest Funds
  • Community Services
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Racial Equity

Community Impact

Issue-specific grants focused on:

  • Increasing the economic security of low-income families
  • Racial equity

Caruth Foundation

Complex, multi-year grants focused on:

  • Medical & Scientific Research
  • Public Safety
  • Education

You can find additional opportunities for funding through our online Giving Guide or on our Nonprofit Resources page.


Please take the following quiz to determine whether or not your organization is eligible to apply for grants from Communities Foundation of Texas.

  1. Is your organization a nonprofit with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation? 
    1. Yes 
    2. No [If no, you are not eligible]
  2. Is your organization located in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton or Rockwall Counties, or at least 50% of the people your organization serves live in one or more of these counties? 
    1. Yes 
    2. No [If no, you do not meet our geographical requirements and are not eligible]
  3. Would requested grant funds be used for sectarian purposes, i.e., programs that require a particular religious doctrine? 
    1. No 
    2. Yes [If yes, you are not eligible]
  4. Would requested grant funds be used to fund or support political organizations or campaigns? 
    1. No 
    2. Yes [If yes, you are not eligible]
  5. Are you requesting funds on behalf of a specific individual? 
    1. No 
    2. Yes [If yes, you are not eligible]


Fiscal Year 2017 Grants Paid by Fund Source

Since our inception in 1953, we have made more than $1.7 billion in grants to support education, health care, public safety, social services, animals and the arts – touching nearly all aspects of life in our community.

In the 2017 fiscal year, we awarded grants totaling $109 million. A breakdown of how the grants were invested is shown below, which includes donor-advised, designated and community impact grants. The only way to apply for funding from our donor-advised funds, agency funds and discretionary funds is through the Letter of Inquiry process.

Total Grants Paid for Fiscal Year 2017: $109 million

View more financials for Fiscal Year 2017

Grants Chart 2016




Download the report:
Online Version
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Communities Foundation of Texas's 2016 Impact Report is designed to showcase the work CFT in involved in across the community through its discretionary grantmaking.

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