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$925,500 of support across 30 agencies through the 2015 cycle

Each year, Communities Foundation of Texas vets hundreds of nonprofits and compiles a free online Giving Guide of local charitable needs. The primary goal of our annual letter of inquiry process is to share current funding opportunities with CFT fund holders and the community. Through the process, a limited number of projects are also funded using CFT’s discretionary funds. Here are four nonprofits funded by CFT from this year’s guide:

SPCA of Texas: $25,000
Funding will support the purchase and renovation of a 41,000 sq. ft. building that will serve as a facility for animals in multiple seizure cases or natural disasters. The facility, formerly a tire warehouse, will allow up to 500 animals to be medically treated and safely housed and safely housed before being adopted or reunited with their families. The rescue center will be one of the largest in the country and is located adjacent to the SPCA’s flagship campus in West Dallas.

Our Calling: $25,000
Funding will support development of an Android app to match the current iPhone app of a database of 200+ providers who serve unsheltered homeless people in Dallas. Users can view listings on a map or sort the list based on distance from the user’s location. They can also record information about homeless people to assist the Search and Rescue teams. Funding will also go to the renovation of its new building and toward its Loaves and Fishes program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to homeless people.

Texas Tribune: $25,000

Funding will support hiring a Dallas-based reporter to cover the city’s most significant urban challenges through the lens of population growth and shifting demographics. Topics will include poverty and income inequality, social and physical infrastructure, education equity and access, public safety and mobility.

Avant Chamber Ballet: $25,000

Funding will support the purchase of a mobile dance floor that will open up additional performance opportunities in public places and local schools, allowing the organization to reach communities underserved by the performing arts.