Regional Preservation Funding

The list of organizations that provide regional preservation funding. Click on the buttons under each organization to learn more about their individual programs and initiatives.

See also the Council on Foundations’ list of community foundations in Texas:
www.cof.org/community-foundation-locator.

Abell-Hanger Foundation

112 Corporate Dr.
Midland, TX 79705
432-684-6655
Website: abell-hanger.org

  • In furtherance of the mandate in its charter to support “any benevolent, charitable, educational, or missionary undertaking,” the Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations, which are involved in such undertakings for the public welfare, including, but not limited to, education, health services, human services, arts and cultural activities, and community or societal benefit.
  • Grants are available to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education. Grants are not awarded to individuals.
  • Serves communities in the Midland area and 56 other counties in West Texas. To see the eligible counties, please select the following link: http://abell-hanger.org/our-process/#geographic-focus.
  • Applicants must submit a pre-application summary before receiving a grant application and deadline.

Amarillo Area Foundation

801 South Fillmore, Suite 700
Amarillo, TX 79101
806-376-4521
Website: amarilloareafoundation.org

  • Amarillo Area Foundation supports the entire range of human needs in the Panhandle and manages hundreds of funds in the form of donor-advised funds, scholarships, unrestricted funds, and project funds. Emphasis is on education, health, human services, youth, and families.
  • Historic preservation projects are given a low priority for funding.
  • Grants are available to nonprofit organizations. Grants are not awarded to individuals.
  • Serves communities in the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

The Austin Community Foundation

4315 Guadalupe St., Suite 300
Austin, TX 78751
512-472-4483
Website: austincf.org

  • The Austin Community Foundation’s Impact Investment Program and Community Grants fund projects and programs that address community needs such as arts and culture, education and training, community development/community service, environment, health, human services, recreation, and animal-related services.
  • The Competitive Grants process is open to nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
  • The Austin Community Foundation’s Impact Investment Fund provides, on a competitive basis, short-term loans to scale up a nonprofit’s earned income line of business; equity investment in for-profit social enterprise companies; bridge loans for nonprofit real estate acquisition; and, loans to community development financial institutions to fund small business loans to people with limited resources.
  • Serves communities in Central Texas.
  • No application deadline, but applicants are advised that the awards process can take up to 4-6 months from when the application is submitted.

Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

Attn: Steve Genovesi, Senior Vice President, Sales
111 Congress Ave, Suite 700, Austin, Texas, 78701
512-583-7259
Website: austintexas.org

  • The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau works in conjunction with the City of Austin Historic Landmark Commission to administer a grant program for historic preservation.
  • Grants must promote tourism, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the local hotel industry. Applications should demonstrate how the grant would encourage tourists and convention delegates to visit the historic site.
  • Eligible historic properties must be owned or leased by a governmental or nonprofit entity.
  • Awards do not exceed $47,000.
  • Heritage Grant requests will generally be considered semi-annually in the spring and fall.

Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation

4809 Cole Ave., Suite 105
Dallas, TX 75205
214-599-0300
Website: hbrf.org

  • The Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of the citizens of Texas by funding specific programs or special projects of public entities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the areas of youth and education. Grants for arts and culture, civic and community, science and research, and health and human services are occasionally considered.
  • Unsolicited grant requests are restricted to organizations based in the greater Dallas area.
  • Grant requests are considered year round.

The Belo Foundation

901 Main St., Suite 609
Dallas, TX 75202
214-977-8267
Website: ahbelo.com

  • The Belo Foundation focuses the majority of its grant-making on college-level journalism education and the development of urban parks.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit entities, primarily in Dallas.
  • Grant requests are accepted year-round and are processed upon receipt.

Brazos Community Foundation

P.O. Box 2622
Bryan, TX 77805-2622
979-589-4305
Website: cfbv.org

  • The Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley works with individuals, families, and businesses to build and manage permanent endowment funds which provide grants to charitable organizations that are working to improve the quality of life in the Brazos Valley.
  • Community grants of up to $1,000 benefit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support the Community Foundation’s mission of improving the quality of life in the Brazos Valley.
  • The Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley is able to make grants for charitable and educational purposes. The main criteria are that the grantee is a nonprofit charity and that the grant will benefit people living in our community. The Foundation can also award scholarships.
  • Applications are due in October.

The Brown Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 130646
Houston, TX 77219-0646
713-523-6867
Website: brownfoundation.org

  • The Brown Foundation distributes funds for public charitable purposes, principally for support, encouragement, and assistance to education, the arts, and community service.
  • Current emphasis is in the field of public education at the primary and secondary levels. Visual and performing arts remain a principal area of interest. Foundation also supports community service projects which serve the needs of children and families. The Foundation also supports programs in the areas of arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, human services, and medicine/science. The Foundation does not support grants to religious organizations for religious purposes, grants to support fundraising events or marketing efforts, grants intended directly or indirectly to support candidates for political office or to influence legislation, or grants to cover past operating deficits or debt retirement.
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Grants are not awarded to individuals.
  • Serves communities throughout the state of Texas with an emphasis on the city of Houston.
  • No application deadline.

Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation

116 West 8th St.
Georgetown, TX 78626-5800
512-863-4186
Website: chisholm-trail.org

  • The Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation seeks to enrich the communities it serves through grants in the areas of arts and culture, community development or community services, education, the environment, and health and human services.
  • Grants are available to nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves communities in Williamson County.
  • Grants are distributed at an annual Fast Pitch event after multiple competitive rounds of applications due in July, August, September, and October.  See the following webpage for more details: chisholm-trail.org/request-support/fast-pitch/.
  • The Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation additionally establishes funds for the startup, expansion, and sustainability of local Williamson County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Coastal Bend Community Foundation

615 N. Upper Broadway, Suite 1950
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
361-882-9745
Website: cbcfoundation.org

  • The Coastal Bend Community Foundation makes grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, families and children, health and human services, and the public good.
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government or school entities applying for projects outside their basic services.
  • High priority is given to requests that are collaborative and focus on new solutions to old problems.
  • Serves communities in the Coastal Bend area of Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties.
  • The Foundation does not grant funds for academic or scientific research projects, religious activities, individuals, specific schools, school groups, athletic teams, or bricks-and-mortar projects.
  • The Foundation hosts a brief seminar about the annual grants process each year in May or June. Check the website for this year’s date, location, and time.
  • Most grant awards are between $5,000-10,000. Awards are based on the stated need and the footprint/impact of the project.
  • Grant applications are accepted online through the website, from May 1 to June 15 of each year.

Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation

3131 McKinney Ave., Suite 720
Dallas, TX 75204
214-528-5904
Website: calvertcollins.com

  • The Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation supports programs across Texas that help better educate the state’s citizens and better preserve the state’s historical structures. The Foundation supports programs that restore historical buildings to their original luster, rejuvenate those buildings for a new use, or educate Texans as to the value of historical preservation.
  • If you are seeking a grant for such a project, please contact the Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation for an application form and submit it to the Foundation board for consideration.
  • The Foundation board meets once a year in April to consider grant applications.

Communities Foundation of Texas

5500 Caruth Haven Ln.
Dallas, TX 75225-8146
214-750-4222
Website: cftexas.org

  • The Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) distributes grant funding to nonprofit organizations that provide programmatic services for low-income families, public safety, animals, arts, education, elderly, environment, health, social services, and youth.
  • At least 50% of the population served must be residents of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, or Rockwall counties.
  • Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and public institutions may apply for CFT Community Grants, W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation Grants, Educate Texas Grants, or to be part of the Giving Guide Program.
  • Please visit the following webpage for updated information on the various CFT programs’ grant deadlines: www.cftexas.org/apply-for-texas-grants

The Community Foundation of Abilene

500 Chestnut St., Suite 1634
P.O. Box 1001
Abilene, TX 79604-1001
325-676-3883
Website: cfabilene.org

  • The Community Foundation of Abilene builds endowments that enrich the quality of life in Abilene and the surrounding areas. The Foundation accepts gifts, administers funds, invests assets, and makes grants to charitable organizations.
  • Serves communities in the Abilene area.
  • Discretionary, Future Fund, and Field of Interest grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
  • Discretionary Grants typically range from $1,000 to $25,000.
  • Please visit the following webpage for updated information on the various grant program deadlines: cfabilene.org/nonprofits/grant-infoapplications/.

The Community Foundation of Brazoria County

104 W. Myrtle, Suite 204
Angleton, TX 77515
979-848-2628
Website: cfbr.org

  • The Community Foundation of Brazoria County makes grants in the fields of arts and culture, education, environment, faith-based organizations, health and medical research, and human services.
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or those sponsored by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, that serve communities in Brazoria County.
  • Please visit the following webpage for updated information on the various grant program deadlines: www.cfbr.org/grants.html.

The Community Foundation of North Texas

306 West 7th St., Suite 1045
Fort Worth, TX 76102
817-877-0702
Website: cfntx.org

  • The Community Foundation of North Texas makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, and health and human services.
  • Serves communities in an 11-county region, including Bosque, Denton, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, Wise, and Young Counties.
  • Will not consider grant applications requesting more than $15,000.
  • Applications are accepted at different times during the year.

Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country

P.O. Box 291354
Kerrville, TX 78029-1354
830-896-8811
Website: communityfoundation.net

  • The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country enhances and supports the quality of life in the Texas Hill Country.
  • Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government entities applying for projects outside their basic services.
  • Serves communities in Kerr County and the communities of Fredericksburg, Harper, Stonewall, Comfort, Bandera, Medina, and their outlying areas.
  • Grant applications are accepted year-round, but deadline dates and requirements are strictly followed. Late or incomplete applications are not considered. See the following website for updated grant deadlines: www.communityfoundation.net/serve/grant-applications.

Community Foundation of West Texas

6102 82nd St. #8B
Lubbock, TX 79424
806-762-8061
Website: communityfoundationofwesttexas.org

  • The Community Foundation of West Texas benefits the South Plains community through grants to nonprofit organizations, educational programs, and scholarships. Grants are made for start-up funding, general operating support, program support, and demonstration programs.
  • Typical grant awards range from $500 to $2,500, with $5,000 as the maximum.
  • Serves communities in the South Plains.
  • Applications are accepted year round.

Cullen Foundation

601 Jefferson St., 40th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
713-651-8835
Website: cullenfdn.org

  • The Cullen Foundation supports a wide variety of charitable activities, including education, health, arts, and public service programs.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves communities throughout Texas, primarily in the Houston area.
  • No application deadline, but grants require up to six months for a decision.
  • Organization prefers not to grant for fund raising events.
  • Does not support or promote specific religions, denominations, or churches.
  • Does not prefer other granting organizations.

The Dallas Foundation

3963 Maple Ave., Suite 390
Dallas, TX 75219
214-741-9898
Website: dallasfoundation.org

  • Founded in 1929, the Dallas Foundation is the oldest community foundation in the state and awards grants to qualified nonprofit organizations in the areas of the arts, education, health, social services, and general community that improve the well-being of the residents.
  • Serves communities in Dallas County. Organizations outside of Dallas may apply for grants, but more than half of your organization’s clients must be Dallas County residents.
  • Applications are accepted in the Spring and Fall.

East Texas Communities Foundation

315 North Broadway, Suite 210
Tyler, TX 75702
903-533-0208
Website: etcf.org

  • The East Texas Communities Foundation aims to serve as a flexible and cost-effective vehicle for donors to invest in the community, promote philanthropy, and build permanent endowments for the region’s changing issues and opportunities.
  • Serves communities in East Texas.
  • Applications are accepted at different times during the year.
  • Variety of grant types available

El Paso Community Foundation

333 N. Oregon St., 2nd Floor
El Paso, TX 79901
915-533-4020
Website: epcf.org

  • The El Paso Community Foundation awards funds to grant applicants in the areas of arts and humanities, education, environment/animal welfare, health and disabilities, human services, and economic development. Priority is given to more effective ways of doing things and ideas that require risk-taking; projects where a moderate amount of grant money can have an impact; and projects that show collaboration with other organizations.
  • Serves communities in the southwest Texas border region.
  • Applications are due in February and August.

Foundation for Southeast Texas

P.O. Box 3092
Beaumont, TX 77704-3092
409-833-5775
Website: cfsetx.org

  • Foundation for Southeast Texas is a nonprofit, public charity that accepts funds from donors, manages them, and distributes them to nonprofits in our local community and beyond.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations and government entities.
  • Serves communities in Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties.

Greater Houston Community Foundation

5120 Woodway Dr., Suite 6000
Houston, TX 77056
713-333-2200
Website: ghcf.org

  • The Greater Houston Community Foundation fosters the spirit of philanthropy and spans all areas of need in the Houston community, from education and research to arts and culture.
  • The foundation also administers the Port Arthur Communities Fund.
  • Serves communities in the Houston area.

Greater Round Rock Community Foundation

206 East Main St.
Round Rock, TX 78664
512-514-0046
Website: rrcommunityfoundation.org

  • The mission of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation is to serve as a catalyst to nurture and inspire philanthropic giving; to build “community capital” through a permanent endowment fund; to provide a flexible vehicle for donors with varied philanthropic interests; to take initiative in addressing needs and shaping effective responses; and to enrich the quality of life in the Greater Round Rock Area.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves communities in the Round Rock area.
  • Applications are accepted year round.

Donald D. Hammill Foundation

8700 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78757
Website: hammillfoundation.org

  • The Donald D. Hammill Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people who have disabilities, the aged, and people who are financially disadvantaged, including the working poor and those who are indigent or chronically ill.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves communities in the Austin area.

Houston Endowment

600 Travis, Suite 6400
Houston, TX 77002-3000
713-238-8100
Website: houstonendowment.org

  • The Houston Endowment supports programs in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services that improve life for the Houston area.
  • Capital improvement grants are available for the acquisition, construction (i.e. building renovations), or improvement of a physical asset that will lead over time to demonstrably better results for the people the organization serves.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves the greater Houston area, including communities in Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties.
  • Applications are accepted year round.

Dodge Jones Foundation

P.O. Box 176
Abilene, TX 79604
325-673-6429

  • The Dodge Jones Foundation has granted to worthy projects, including the beautification of the T&P right-of-way, the restoration of the Paramount Theatre, and the rehabilitation of the Grace Museum, T&P Passenger Depot, REA/Baggage Express, T&P Freight Warehouse, the Elks Art Center, and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.
  • Serves communities in the Abilene area.

Lower Colorado River Authority

P.O. Box 220
Austin, TX 78767
1-800-776-5272
Website: lcra.org

  • The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and its electric and water customers provide Community Development Partnership Program Grants for community projects. Volunteer fire departments, emergency medical services, school districts, libraries, civic groups, local governments, and nonprofit organizations may apply for the grants.
  • Emphasis is placed on projects that include energy efficiency and water conservation, volunteer fire departments, and public safety organizations that have been impacted by wildfires and drought.
  • Serves communities in the LCRA service area.
  • Applicants may request as much as $50,000. Applicants requesting $5,000 or more in grant funding must have at least 20% in matching funds.
  • Applications are due in January and July.

The Montgomery County Community Foundation

9320 Lakeside Blvd., Building 2, Suite 200
The Woodlands, TX 77381
281-363-8158
Website: mccfoundation.org

  • The Montgomery County Community Foundation was established to create and build a permanent fund to provide for the present and future well-being of our community.
  • Grants are available to nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves communities in Montgomery County.
  • Applications are due in September.

The Moody Foundation

2302 Post Office St., Suite 704
Galveston, TX 77550
409-797-1500
Website: moodyf.org

  • The Moody Foundation was established to benefit in perpetuity present and future generations of Texans. The Foundation was instrumental in Galveston’s revival of its historic past, making grants that enabled the Galveston Historical Foundation to purchase and save many buildings in the island’s older neighborhoods and the Historic Strand District, and to acquire and refurbish the sailing barque Elissa.
  • The Foundation focuses its giving in Galveston but also makes grants primarily in Austin and Dallas, with an emphasis on education, social services, children’s needs, and community development.
  • Applicants should send a preliminary inquiry letter.

Permian Basin Area Foundation

200 N. Loraine, Suite 500
Midland, TX 79701
432-617-3213
Website: pbaf.org

  • The Permian Basin Area Foundation makes discretionary and field-of-interest grants to nonprofit organizations to address needs in the areas of education, arts and culture, health and human services, community development, and the elderly.
  • Serves communities in West Texas.
  • Applications are due in April and October.

San Angelo Area Foundation

221 S. Irving St.
San Angelo, TX 76903-6421
325-947-7071
Website: saafound.org

  • The San Angelo Area Foundation seeks to support the entire range of human needs in the San Angelo area. Grant recipients have included programs in the areas of arts and culture, education, faith-based organizations, environment, and health and human services.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations and government entities.
  • Serves 17 counties in the San Angelo area, including Coke, Concho, Crockett, Glasscock, Irion, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, and Tom Green.
  • Applications are considered twice a year, with awards made in June and December.

San Antonio Area Foundation

303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78215
210-225-2243
Website: saafdn.org

  • The San Antonio Area Foundation works with donors to address San Antonio’s needs through grants, programs, scholarships, and training. Grants are made in the areas of animal services, arts and culture, biomedical research, children and youth, medicine and healthcare, seniors and community-at-large, high school completion, strengthening nonprofits, and programs serving the African American population, Hispanic population, and women and girls.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, and government entities.
  • Serves communities in the San Antonio area, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson Counties.
  • Applications for community grants are due in February and July.

San Antonio Conservation Society

107 King William St.
San Antonio, TX 78204-1312
210-224-6163
Website: saconservation.org

  • Historic Preservation Grants for the restoration or rehabilitation of residential or commercial historic structures built before 1930 are available to individuals or organizations.
  • Educational Grants for projects such as research, video production, publication printing, and documents conservation (projects other than for the restoration of historic buildings) are available to individuals or organizations.
  • Applications are due in September.

Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation

601 Green Ave.
P.O. Drawer 909
Orange, TX 77631-0909
409-883-3513
Website: starkfoundation.org

  • The Stark Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in Orange and surrounding communities through grants for education, health and human services, arts and culture, and community enhancement.
  • Serves communities in Southeast Texas.

Sterling-Turner Foundation

5850 San Felipe St., Suite 125
Houston, TX 77057-3292
713-237-1117
Website: stfdn.org

  • The Sterling-Turner Foundation grants funds to nonprofit organizations for operating support, specific project funding, capital campaigns, building campaigns, scholarships, tuition supplements, renovations, direct services, educational needs, and environmental issues.
  • Serves Fort Bend, Harris, Kerr, Tom Green, and Travis Counties.
  • Applications are due in March.

T. L. L. Temple Foundation

204 Champions Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75901-7321
936-639-3900

  • The T.L.L. Temple Foundation has played a part in a number of worthwhile projects and programs in East Texas. The San Augustine County Courthouse was partially funded by a grant awarded to the San Augustine Garden Club by the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.

The Trull Foundation

404 Fourth St.
Palacios, TX 77465
361-972-5241
Website: trullfoundation.org

  • The Trull Foundation grants funds to nonprofit, government, and religious organizations to help direct lives away from child abuse, neglect from hunger, poverty, and help persons and families devastated by the effects of substance abuse. The Foundation also has a concern for the coastal Texas environment including farming, ranching, aquaculture, and birds.
  • The Foundation usually does not grant funds for buildings, endowments, or research.
  • Serves Palacios and Matagorda Counties.
  • Applications are accepted year round.

The Waco Foundation

1227 N. Valley Mills Dr., Suite 235
Waco, TX 76710
254-754-3404
Website: wacofoundation.org

  • The Waco Foundation’s grantmaking priorities are disadvantaged children and youth, low-income populations, disabled individuals, and traditionally marginalized populations.
  • Guidelines state that funding historic preservation is a low priority, but the foundation has funded preservation projects such as the Junior League of Waco’s Clifton House.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves communities in Waco-McLennan County area.
  • Applications are accepted year round.

Wharton County Community Foundation

102 N. Washington
El Campo, TX 77437-4431
979-543-2709

  • The purpose of the Wharton County Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the people of Wharton County.
  • Serves communities in Wharton County.

Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation

2405 Kell Blvd. Ste. 100
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
940-766-0829
Website: wfacf.org

  • The Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation responds to long-standing as well as to new and emerging local needs. The foundation will consider funding for special projects, innovative programs, equipment, and capital building needs.
  • Grants can be awarded for the support of historical restoration and preservation projects.
  • Serves communities in the Wichita Falls area.
  • Letters of intent are due in January and August, with grant proposals due in February and September.

Lola Wright Foundation

c/o Amber Carden
US Trust-Bank of America
Private Wealth Management
515 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
512-397-2001
Website: fdnweb.org/lolawright

  • The Lola Wright Foundation supports children and youth, public health and human services, education and community development, and arts and culture.
  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves communities within a 50-mile radius of Austin.
  • Applications are due in February and August.

 

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