The foundation makes grants in six areas: Education, Economic Opportunity, Health, Human Services, Arts and Culture, and Environment and Conservation. See our Strategy Areas for additional information. 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.
The foundation makes grants to benefit residents of the 24 counties outlined in our governing documents, the service area, regardless of where the grantee organization is headquartered. The foundation will not consider requests that do not benefit the service area.
Under the terms of its governing documents, the service area 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. The foundation typically only funds organizations in Harris County when there is a direct benefit to residents of our rural counties.
The size and duration of grants is matched to the applicant’s scale of impact, need, capabilities and opportunities, and typically follow these guidelines: