The T.L.L. Temple Foundation welcomes applications from organizations working to build a thriving Deep East Texas and to alleviate poverty, creating access and opportunities for all.
The foundation makes grants in six areas: Education, Economic Development and Community Revitalization, Health, Human Services, Arts and Culture, and Environment and Conservation. See What We Fund for additional information about priorities in these areas. In all of its funding, the foundation prioritizes support for programs addressing the causes and effects of persistent poverty and for those working with low-income populations and in rural communities.
Our Geographic Focus
The foundation makes grants to benefit residents of the 24 counties outlined in our governing documents, the Primary Geographic Area of Interest (PGAI), regardless of where the grantee organization is headquartered. The foundation will not consider requests that do not benefit the PGAI.
Under the terms of its governing documents, the PGAI is the following Texas Counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Cass, Cherokee, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler and Miller County, Arkansas.
The foundation awards funding for multiple purposes, including: general operating support, project support, capital improvements, and organizational development and capacity building. Except in rare cases, the foundation will not support capital projects nor capital campaigns in Houston.
Size and Duration of Grants
The size and duration of grants is matched to the applicant’s scale of impact, need, capabilities and opportunities, and typically follow these guidelines:
● We provide one-year funding for initial grants
● We rarely make grants that exceed 30% of a project or organizational budget
The T.L.L. Temple Foundation uses a two-step application process in awarding grants.
Step 1 – Letter of Inquiry (a pre-application letter)
Applicants will need to submit the Letter of Inquiry, which will be reviewed by the Foundation.
Step 2 – Grant Application
The Foundation will invite organizations to complete a full application based on the Letter of Inquiry.
The foundation’s board reviews proposals quarterly. Full application guidelines are available after submission of a Letter of Inquiry and invitation to apply.
- LOI Deadline for July board meeting – May 18th
- LOI Deadline for October board meeting – August 10th
If you have questions regarding your Letter of Inquiry, please contact Tami Musick at either 936-634-3900 or tmusick (at) tlltf.org.