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CFT awards $250,000 across 20 local nonprofits in support of racial equity

January 13, 2023

Grants will support nonprofits addressing systemic racial inequity in our communities

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) recently partnered with The Dallas Foundation (TDF) to support nonprofits addressing systemic racial inequity in our communities. Supported programs include mentoring and tutoring for youth, social emotional and mental health services, access to healthy food, maternal healthcare, legal services for citizenship, and connection to living wage jobs. A total of $250,000 was awarded across 20 nonprofits.

“As we work to advance equity, we are eager to increase our understanding of the landscape and needs of equity-focused organizations across North Texas,” said Wende Burton, CFT’s Chief Philanthropy Officer.

About The Dallas Foundation's racial equity grants

In 2022, our partners at The Dallas Foundation awarded $2.5 million across 25 nonprofits through their inaugural racial equity funding cycle to address the ongoing disparities and systematic and persistent gaps in outcomes in Dallas for Black & Hispanic residents. Learn more about these 25 grants here, and learn more about their Racial Equity Fund here.

“We received more than 250 requests during the application stage of our first Racial Equity Funding Cycle,” said The Dallas Foundation’s Chief Impact Officer Drexell Owusu. “And while we are very proud to invest over $2 million toward the trajectory-changing work of these nonprofit grantees, there is a significant need for more donors and partners to work with us to close this gap. We appreciate the spirit of partnership from Communities Foundation of Texas in stepping up to support this funding cycle by making grants to additional nonprofits doing this important work. Our continued collaborative efforts across so many facets of our work are truly making Dallas a brighter place for all our neighbors."

About CFT's racial equity grants

A total of $250,000 was awarded across 20 nonprofits in alignment with CFT’s grantmaking pillar of “Living.”

“CFT is grateful that we had this opportunity to help amplify the impact of The Dallas Foundation's equity-focused efforts by fully funding or partially funding additional nonprofits who applied for grant funding,” said Burton. Our goal from this collaboration is to learn from and elevate the nonprofits that are working hard, and often without adequate support or attention, to confront systemic racial inequity in our communities.” 

The 20 nonprofits who received funding are: Any Step Community Services, Big Thought, Community Does It, Dallas Bethlehem Center, Delighted to Doula Birth Services, Empowering the Masses, Firme DFW, Frazier Revitalization, Inc., Harmony CDC, Heart of Courage, Homeward Bound, Inc., Leadership Forward Mentoring Program, Light of Hope Immigration Law Center, POETIC, Rae's Hope, Southern Dallas Link, Inc., Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, Viola's House, Youth Believing in Change, and Youth Guidance. 90% of these nonprofit grantees have an executive leader that is a person of color.

Learn more about each of the nonprofits that received the funding and what the grants will support below:  

Name of Organization 

Grant Amount Awarded 

What’s Being Funded 


Any Step Community Services



High nutritional foods for senior households

Big Thought



A two-year, dual generation cohort model to support youth and their families in South Oak Cliff and Vickery Meadows

Community Does It

$15,000.00 Family mental health services in Pleasant Grove

Dallas Bethlehem Center




Resources to build Fair Park neighborhood's communication, collaboration, and resilience

Delighted to Doula Birth Services




A community-based postpartum doula program, one year of support, at-home visits, and education 

Empowering the Masses




Personalized life skills, educational training, and access to healthy food in underserved communities

Firme DFW




Scholarships and a four-year mentorship program to Oak Cliff high school students

Frazier Revitalization, Inc.




Restorative Farm's Grow Boxes and Community-Supported Agriculture participation for South Dallas residents

Harmony CDC




Career and financial pathways to increase earnings, job security, and financial empowerment

Heart of Courage




Parent peer mentoring program for mothers involved with CPS in Southern Dallas

Homeward Bound, Inc. 




Internships and scholarships for students who are persons of color to pursue behavioral health employment

Leadership Forward Mentoring Program 




Bridging the racial equity gap through high touch, one-on-one mentoring for students from under-resourced DISD schools

Light of Hope Immigration Law Center




Expansion to help low-income immigrants in Dallas County access citizenship





Supportive services to empower youth and break the generational cycle of exploitation, trafficking, and incarceration

Rae's Hope




Team sports and life skills building for girls from under-resourced communities in Southern Dallas

Southern Dallas Link, Inc.




Linking Southern Dallas residents to living wage jobs

Texas Muslim Women's Foundation




Culturally responsive support for BIPOC domestic violence survivors in Dallas County

Viola's House




Support for the Baby Benefit Boutique for mothers who complete parenting and pregnancy classes

Youth Believing in Change




Academic tutoring for students from under-resourced communities

Youth Guidance




Social emotional programs in DISD schools with high dropout rates and high poverty


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. 

Learn more about how to apply for a grant

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