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 50 to 60 grants (about $10,000 to $20,000) to nonprofits in the region. Organizations that apply to the Letter of Inquiry will automatically be considered for feature in CFT’s Giving Guide.
The Letter of Inquiry process is now closed for the year. As we continue to learn and grow alongside the hard-working nonprofits who serve North Texans, we find the need for our Letter of Inquiry process to take a reflective pause and be re-designed to consider how best to meet the needs of our community.
In a typical year, we review over 600 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 grantmaking, 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 Giving Day, CFT4Business, and other open grant opportunities. We hope to be able to provide you an update by July 2020.
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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 opportunities, no additional information is needed. The 2019 Giving Guide will be updated to include both the April and August applicants.
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 (currently closed; was due August 29th)
- Community Services (Social Services, Veterans, Youth)
Special LOI: 19th Amendment Centennial LOI (currently closed; was 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.
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.
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