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Key Dates: 2018 Letter of Inquiry dates will be announced in January

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Donor-Advised Grants

The majority of grants awarded by CFT come from donor-advised funds. Grants from these funds are awarded by recommendation from the fund’s donor and/or advisor, often in consultation with CFT staff. Donor-advised grants can support items such as program needs, capital projects, or operating expenses, but cannot support individuals or scholarships. 

In order to assist the foundation in its efforts to share information about timely community needs with our donors, each year we invite nonprofit organizations in the Dallas area to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOI) outlining critical funding needs. Information submitted by nonprofits will be reviewed by staff, and then shared with donors whose interests align with specific areas of focus. A limited number of requests submitted through the LOI process will also be funded by CFT using the foundation's discretionary funds.

Fund for Collin County

Communities Foundation of Texas is pleased to announce the creation of a dedicated Fund for Collin County that will focus on addressing the most urgent needs specific to this vibrant, growing area now and in the future.

CFT’s Fund for Collin County was established to provide support for nonprofit organizations addressing the most pressing needs and promising opportunities for Collin County residents. All charitable purposes will be considered, with the exception of places of worship. To be considered, an organization must be a qualified 501(c)(3) public charity in good standing with the IRS with at least 75% of program participants being Collin County residents. Applications will be accepted through the Letter of Inquiry process.


Giving Guide

Each year we carefully review over 600 nonprofit requests and summarize recommended projects in the Giving Guide. The online and printed Guide becomes a key tool for our donors and their families to use when making decisions on how to make an impact locally.


To be eligible to participate in CFT’s Letter of Inquiry process, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service that has been active for two years as of September 1, 2017.
  • At least 50% of the population served must be residents of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin or Rockwall counties.
  • Churches and religious organizations whose primary mission is exclusively evangelism are not eligible to participate. 

Please note that CFT has specific funding available for the following purposes.  If your organization provides programs or services in any of these areas, we encourage you to submit an LOI request in that particular area.

  • Financial education for widows
  • Education and training of student nurses
  • Medical research related to cancer or heart disease
  • Scholarships for blind individuals
  • STEM education for girls
  • Programs that use technology to serve people with barriers to reading due to low vision or learning differences
  • Collin County Fund (To be considered, at least 75% of program participants must be Collin County residents.)

Requests must be submitted using CFT’s Letter of Inquiry forms or the Common Grant Application, which can be found on our website under Nonprofit Resources. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants will be notified by e-mail if staff or a donor would like more information about the submitted request.

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