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This grant opportunity is open to nonprofits who focus on animal services and programming across North Texas. This funding will provide two years of support. We anticipate funding at least 20 nonprofits. Organizations will be notified by April 28, 2023.

Our grantmaking supports programs that address needs across the North Texas region, with a focus on those which:  

  • Clearly identify and define the animal-focused project
  • Use data, best practices, or proof-points of success to create measurable impact
  • Engage in collaboration with other organizations 
  • Have taken meaningful steps to address diversity, equity, and inclusion

Communities Foundation of Texas is interested in supporting programs that recognize that pets and animals can enhance the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. In addition, we are seeking to support programs that improve pet ownership in under-resourced communities and manage populations of wild, stray, and feral animals.

To this end, the Animals Community Grant targets organizations that address at least one of the following:   

  • Health and Emotional Support/Therapy: Programs that facilitate animal-human interaction to support health, well-being, and overall therapeutic benefit for people, including physical, mental, emotional, and trauma-related therapy through use of animals as part of the program.
  • Assistance Animals and Facilitation of Learning/Skill Building: Programs that facilitate and/or provide companion animal training and/or interactions between animals and people that facilitate learning, skill-building, rehabilitation, or assistance with disabilities.
  • Happy and Healthy Pet Ownership: Programs that promote successful pet adoption and/or pet ownership through for under-resourced communities or populations, including seniors and people experiencing financial and health challenges. 
  • Management of Wild, Stray, or Feral Animals: Programs that focus on the management and reduction of wild, stray and/or feral animals, including improving their welfare through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, or relocation to safe and suitable habitats.

Organizations can apply for up $50,000 to be spread over two years. For example, when receiving a two-year grant, an organization awarded $30,000 would receive $15,000 in 2023, and $15,000 in 2024.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

See below for our eligibility requirements.

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To apply for a CFT grant, 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 January 17, 2023.
  • At least 50% of the population served must reside in one of the following counties:
Collin Cooke Dallas Denton Ellis
Erath Fannin Grayson Hood Hunt
Johnson Kaufman Montague Navarro Palo Pinto
Parker Rockwall Somervell Tarrant Wise

Church and religious organizations’ programs that are focused on evangelism are not eligible.

  • Individuals
  • For-Profit Businesses
  • Non-U.S. based organizations
  • Church and religious organizations’ programs that are focused on evangelism

How do I submit my proposal?

You can submit your proposal through our online submission form, here or by clicking the button below. We recommend using the downloadable version of the application when drafting your responses before uploading them into the online submission form, as there are limits to word counts for each question and the online form does not allow applicants to save work and return to it. Final answers must be submitted through the online application. Download the application here or under Resources on the right side of the page.

Submit your proposal 

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, February 24.

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  • Visit our online application portal:
  • Select “Create a New Account” (or Log On if you already have an account) and follow the prompts
  • To access the online form, select the green “Apply” link in the top left-hand corner
  • Read the summary of the opportunity, click the blue “Apply” button, fill out the online form, and then click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page

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