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2021 Living RFP – Social Services LOI

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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.


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

  • Use data, best practices or proof-points of success to create measurable impact
  • Support under-resourced communities by building on the assets of community members
  • Improve access and outcomes for communities who have been marginalized or experienced discrimination
  • Promote collaboration across other organizations 

Funding Priorities:

Communities Foundation of Texas is interested in supporting nonprofit programs that assist the community in securing basic needs so that individuals and families can thrive. To this end, CFT is seeking applications from organizations in one of the following funding priority areas: 
 
  • Community outreach to engage and inform residents of rental relief and options 
  • ​Homeless diversion programs and efforts 
  • Innovative programs that provide access to healthy, fresh foods, such as through community gardens, urban farms, pop-up produce markets and food delivery 
  • Supportive services for workers, such as childcare and transportation

Organizations can request a one-year grant for up to $50,000. An average grant from this cycle will be between $25,000 - $30,000. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

See below for our eligibility requirements.

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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, 2021.
  • 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
  • Agencies/programs provided outside of Dallas County
  • Non-US 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, December 17.


Accessing the online form to submit your proposal:

  • Visit our online application portal: CFTgrants.org
  • 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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