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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 information on our funding opportunities:

 

Letter of Inquiry (LOI Overview)

The Letter of Inquiry process is currently on hiatus, and we are directing interested applicants to North Texas Cares. As COVID-19,  racism, as well as the inequity that fuels these parallel pandemics is impacting North Texas, we are currently considering how align our grantmaking processes in order best to meet the emerging needs of our community.

Each year, we typically review around 1,000 LOIs, with less than 15% of those funded based on available resources. We are stepping back to consider if there is a better way of doing this, for the foundation, as well as for the nonprofits we serve.  Please continue to check this website and our social media for ways to connect with us through programs like North Texas Cares, North Texas Giving Day, and CFT for Business. We hope to be able to provide you an update later this year. For additional questions, please email grants@cftexas.org.

North Texas Cares

North Texas Cares is a funder collaborative made up of North Texas foundations and United Ways that have come together to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who may be most negatively affected by COVID-19. This includes agencies who support individuals and families with access to food and/or healthcare; supplementing lost wages and/or housing costs or serving vulnerable populations such as seniors and/or those experiencing homelessness; as well as supporting academic learning and distance learning for low-income, low-access students while schools are closed.

Participating funders are working collaboratively to collect emergency funding requests, using a common online application, in order to simplify and streamline the process for nonprofits seeking emergency funds. Funders will use a shared portal to access information submitted by nonprofits via the common grant application.

Learn More and Apply for Funding
 

North Texas Giving Day

Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform. In 2019, $50 million was raised through more than 169,000 gifts benefiting nearly 3,000 local nonprofits, bringing the eleven-year total to over $290 million for our community. North Texas Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.

Since its inception in 2009, this online event has transformed from an idea to help raise awareness of nonprofits, to a movement that has ignited a broad culture of community-wide giving. During North Texas Giving Day, everyone has the opportunity to be a philanthropist to build a stronger and more vibrant community.

Learn more and register to participate

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 includes information from nonprofits who are eligible to and apply for any of our grant processes including the 2019 Spring and Fall Letters of Inquiry, and the Caruth Funds. If you have applied to any one of these opportunities, no additional information is needed. 

View the Giving Guide

Fiscal Year 2019 Grants

Fiscal Year 2019 Grants Paid by Fund Source

Since our inception in 1953, we have made more than $2 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 2019 fiscal year, we awarded grants totaling $118 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 on the Apply for Grant page of this website. 

Total Grants Paid for Fiscal Year 2019: $118 million

 

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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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