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At CFT, we believe that a thriving community is one in which all people feel cared for, invested in, nourished and valued, and have an equitable opportunity to contribute to the well-being and growth of themselves, their families and their communities.

One of the ways we build a strong community is through our grants. Please see below for upcoming grant opportunities in the following categories:

The Letter of Inquiry process supports programs that address needs across the North Texas region (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties). Through this process, each year, Communities Foundation of Texas provides approximately 40 to 50 grants (about $10,000 to $20,000) to nonprofits in the region.

The 2019 LOI Process has a Spring and Fall cycle targeted towards programming in specific sector areas:


Spring LOI (currently closed; was due April 1st)

  • Arts and Culture
  • Human-Animal Connection
  • Older Adults
  • Special Interest Funds
    • Collin County: to be considered, at least 75% of program participants must be Collin County residents
    • Education and training of student nurses
    • Medical research related to cancer or heart disease
    • Scholarships for blind individuals
    • Programs that use technology to serve people with barriers to reading due to low vision or learning differences
    • STEM education for girls

Fall LOI (due August 29th)

  • Community Services (Social Services, Veterans, Youth)
  • Environment
  • Health

Special LOI: 19th Amendment Centennial LOI (due August 29th)

  • The 19th Amendment Centennial LOI seeks to partner with organizations to create a year-long series of events to recognize the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Funding will support effective, inspirational and authentic ways to create conversation, drive positive change and build strategies to advance gender equity.
  • Communities Foundation of Texas is the fiscal sponsor for the fund and a steering committee of philanthropic partners will advise on the grants of up to $10,000 for programs and events by non-profit organizations and up to $1,000 for public schools. 
Please join us on June 14, 2019 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Communities Foundation of Texas to learn more about this new grant opportunity.
Register for the workshop here

The Giving Guide

CFT's Giving Guide is an online resource that highlights the work and funding needs of nonprofits in our region. The Giving Guide is available for anyone to consult when looking for opportunities to support nonprofits creating an impact locally in North Texas. 

The 2019 Giving Guide will be created using information from nonprofits who are eligible to and apply for any of our grant processes including The Caruth Fund and the 2019 Spring and Fall Letters of Inquiry. If you have applied to any one of these opportunties, no additional information is needed. 

The 2019 Giving Guide will be updated in the fall. 

Community Impact Grants are intended to make a strong impact on the community, and grant recipients are determined by our Board of Trustees and are currently focused on Teachers & Leaders and Economic Security of Low-Income Families.

W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund Grants aim to build thriving communities for all supporting innovative organizations working in and across the fields of public safety, health and education. Organizations that need support to investigate, accelerate or replicate a social change initiative that serves the North Texas region are strongly encouraged to apply.

Looking for information about North Texas Giving Day? Click here

View funding opportunities and resources below.

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LOI: Additional Resources

Thinking about applying for funding? Review the presentation slides from our recent LOI workshop.

We recorded our recent LOI workshop. Click to watch this quick 10-minute overview below.

Fiscal Year 2018 Grants

Fiscal Year 2018 Grants Paid by Fund Source

Since our inception in 1953, we have made more than $1.8 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 2018 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, nonprofit agency funds, Caruth fund, community impact and discretionary funds is through the grant opportunities that are listed below.

Total Grants Paid for Fiscal Year 2018: $106 million

Helping people to do the most good in our community is what CFT does best.

Nonprofits strengthen our community, and having a great community doesn’t just happen. Communities Foundation of Texas is committed to helping you thrive.

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