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CFT Awards Grants to 30 Nonprofit Organizations

Communities Foundation of Texas recently announced new discretionary grants totaling more than $1.4 million to 30 area nonprofit community organizations.

The grants were approved by the board of trustees from discretionary funds during the first of two annual competitive grant cycles. A representative sampling of the grants includes:

  • American Foundation for the Blind (Center on Vision Loss) received $26,000 to purchase equipment for its training room and demonstration apartment.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas received $31,840 to purchase a van.
  • The ChildCareGroup received $106,000 to fund development expenses related to promoting, delivering and expanding child care and early education services.
  • Dallas Contemporary received $150,000 to help renovate a building in the Industrial Boulevard/Trinity River corridor as the art museum’s permanent home.
  • Forest Heights Neighborhood Development Corp. received $25,000 toward construction of three additional duplexes for low-income housing for seniors.
  • Ronald McDonald House of Dallas received $100,000 toward construction of a new facility in the Southwestern Medical District.
  • St. Paul United Metho- dist Church received $100,000 to help restore the church’s more than 100-year-old facility, a designated historic landmark in the Dallas Arts District.
  • Texas Trees Foundation received $100,000 to create a new mapping technique to identify five tree-planting sites, to implement two tree-planting projects and to expand the organization’s volunteer program.

CFT received more than 140 requests for funding during the fall competitive grant cycle. To learn more about requests that could not be approved because of limited unrestricted funds, please visit our Community Needs page. call CFT’s grants department at 214-750-4222. A complete list of recently announced grants is also available. 

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Peak Preparatory in East Dallas recently hosted a tour for education officials, including Vicki L. Phillips (center), director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Phillips was in Dallas to announce $22 million in grants for research and data systems to help schools, districts and states gather and effectively use data for maximum impact on teaching and learning. The Texas High School Project (THSP), based at Communities Foundation of Texas, will oversee $6.7 million of the grant funds, including $3.8 million to Dallas ISD and $2.9 million to work with eight of the largest urban school districts in Texas and a charter management organization. THSP is a public-private alliance dedicated to ensuring that all Texas students graduate college ready, career ready and life ready. Partners include the Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Texas Education Agency and CFT, among others. To learn more, visit