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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.

One of the ways we build a strong community is through our grants. Please see below for upcoming grant opportunities in the following categories:


Lettor of Inquiry (LOI) Overview

The Letter of Inquiry process supports programs that address needs across the North Texas region. Through this process, each year, Communities Foundation of Texas has provided approximately 50 to 60 grants annually between $5,000-$20,000 to nonprofits in the region.

LOI Update

The Letter of Inquiry process is currently on hiatus. As we have continued to learn and grow alongside the hard-working nonprofits who serve North Texans, we find the need for our Letter of Inquiry process to take a reflective pause for re-design to consider how best to meet the needs of our community. Each year, we typically review around 1,000 LOIs, with less than 15% of those funded based on available resources. We are stepping back to consider if there is a better way of doing this, for the foundation as well as for the nonprofits we serve.
Please continue to check this website and our social media for ways to connect with us through programs like North Texas Giving Day, CFT for Business, and other open grant opportunities. We hope to be able to provide you an update late this year. For additional questions you may have please email

The Giving Guide

CFT's Giving Guide is an online resource that highlights the work and funding needs of nonprofits in our region. The Giving Guide is available for anyone to consult when looking for opportunities to support nonprofits creating an impact locally in North Texas. 

The 2019 Giving Guide will be created using information from nonprofits who are eligible to and apply for any of our grant processes including The Caruth Fund and the 2019 Spring and Fall Letters of Inquiry. If you have applied to any one of these opportunities, no additional information is needed. The 2019 Giving Guide will be updated to include both the April and August applicants.

Community Impact Grants are intended to make a strong impact on the community, and grant recipients are determined by our Board of Trustees and are currently focused on Teachers & Leaders and Economic Security of Low-Income Families.

W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund Grants aim to build thriving communities for all supporting innovative organizations working in and across the fields of public safety, health and education. Organizations that need support to investigate, accelerate or replicate a social change initiative that serves the North Texas region are strongly encouraged to apply.

Looking for information about North Texas Giving Day? Click here

View funding opportunities and resources below.

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LOI: Additional Resources

Thinking about applying for funding? Review the presentation slides from our recent LOI workshop.

We recorded our recent LOI workshop. Click to watch this quick 10-minute overview below.

Fiscal Year 2018 Grants

Fiscal Year 2018 Grants Paid by Fund Source

Since our inception in 1953, we have made more than $1.8 billion in grants to support education, health care, public safety, social services, animals and the arts – touching nearly all aspects of life in our community.

In the 2018 fiscal year, we awarded grants totaling $106 million. A breakdown of how the grants were invested is shown below, which includes donor-advised, designated and community impact grants. The only way to apply for funding from our donor-advised funds, nonprofit agency funds, Caruth fund, community impact and discretionary funds is through the grant opportunities that are listed below.

Total Grants Paid for Fiscal Year 2018: $106 million

Helping people to do the most good in our community is what CFT does best.

Nonprofits strengthen our community, and having a great community doesn’t just happen. Communities Foundation of Texas is committed to helping you thrive.

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