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What We Fund

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

Community Impact

Issue-specific grants focused on:

  • Increasing the economic securityof low-income families
  • At-risk middle school youth
  • Racial equity

Caruth Foundation

Complex, multi-year grants focused on:

  • Medical & Scientific Research
  • Public Safety
  • Education


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

  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Elderly
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social Services
  • Youth

Community Impact Grants

From unrestricted funds, $2 million available across a limited number of focus areas. Click here to learn more.

W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation

Multi-year, multi-million dollar grant applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
Click here
to learn more.

Giving Guide

Nonprofits apply annually through the LOI process to be in our Giving Guide. Click here to learn more. Click here to see a list of 2017 recipients. 


Fiscal Year 2016 Grants Paid by Fund Source

Since our inception in 1953, we have made more than $1.6 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 2016 fiscal year, we awarded grants totaling $106 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 2016: $106 million

View more financials for Fiscal Year 2016

Grants Chart 2016




Download the report:
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Communities Foundation of Texas is excited to release the 2016 Impact Report. This report is designed to showcase the work CFT in involved in across the community through its discretionary grantmaking.

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