Letter of Inquiry

Funding Priorities and Eligibility

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. CFT's Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process supports programs that address needs across the North Texas region and which: 

  • train/educate/engage on an issue or topic relevant to the community
  • utilize best practices, data or proof-points of success
  • provide or expand direct services or access to resources like transportation, education/schooling, housing, healthcare and work opportunities to an area of the community with substantiated need

View the  2018 Giving Guide and Letter of Inquiry Workshop video and the presentation slides.

Additionally, we look to fund programs that either:

  • address a particularly timely need
  • are strategic and data-informed
  • offer innovative or creative solutions to a key community challenge
  • collaborate in a way where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, or
  • demonstrate ability to create measurable impact

To apply to CFT's Letter of Inquiry process, your organization must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service that has been active for at least two years as of September 1, 2018.
  • at least 50% of the population served must reside in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin or Rockwall Counties.
  • churches and religious organizations' programs that are focused on evangelism are not eligible

Collin County Fund

Last year, CFT announced the creation of a dedicated Fund for Collin County to Provide support for nonprofit organizations addressing the most pressing needs and promising opportunities for Collin County residents. To be considered, an organization must be a qualified 501 (c)(3) in good standing with the IRS with at least 75% of program participants being Collin County residents. Nonprofits who meet this criteria are encouraged to apply using the Special Interest Funds LOI. Please click here or see below.

Letter of Inquiry Application

View the 2018 Giving Guide and Letter of Inquiry Workshop Slides here

Each year, Communities Foundation of Texas provides approximately 25 to 35 mid-sized grants (about $10,000 to $20,000) to nonprofits in the North Texas region. These discretionary funds are targeted towards programming that addresses the following criteria:

Our Key Programs:

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