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:
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.
Amarillo Area Foundation
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.
Austin Community Foundation
The Austin Community Foundation’s FundATX 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.
Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation
The Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of the citizens of Texas by funding specific programs or special projects 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.
Brazos Community Foundation
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.
Brown Foundation, Inc.
The Brown Foundation distributes funds for public charitable purposes, principally for support, encouragement, and assistance to education, the arts, and community service.
Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation
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.
City of Austin
The Heritage Grant, a program administered by the City of Austin, serves to promote tourism through the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic buildings, sites, or districts. The program is funded through a percentage of hotel occupancy taxes.
Coastal Bend Community Foundation
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.
Communities Foundation of Texas
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.
Community Foundation of Abilene
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.
Community Foundation of Brazoria County
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.
Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country enhances and supports the quality of life in the Texas Hill Country.
Community Foundation of West Texas
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.
The Cullen Foundation supports a wide variety of charitable activities, including education, health, arts, and public service programs.
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.
East Texas Communities Foundation
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.
El Paso Community Foundation
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.
Foundation for Southeast Texas
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.
Greater Houston Community Foundation
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.
Greater Round Rock Community Foundation
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.
Donald D. Hammill Foundation
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.
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.
Lower Colorado River Authority
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.
Montgomery County Community Foundation
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.
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.
North Texas Community Foundation
The North Texas Community Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, and health and human services.
Permian Basin Area Foundation
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.
Preservation Austin offers matching grants of up to $5,000 in three categories: Education, Bricks and Mortar, and Planning/Historic Resource Survey/Local Historic Designation.
San Angelo Area Foundation
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.
San Antonio Area Foundation
The San Antonio Area Foundation works with donors to address San Antonio’s needs through grants, programs, scholarships, and training. Grantmaking areas include arts and culture, community-at-large, strengthening nonprofits, disaster relief, and programs serving the African American population and women and girls.
San Antonio Conservation Society
Building Grants for the restoration or rehabilitation of residential or commercial historic structures built before 1930 are available to individuals or organizations.
Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation
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.
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.
T. L. L. Temple Foundation
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 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 Waco Foundation’s grantmaking priorities are disadvantaged children and youth, low-income populations, disabled individuals, and traditionally marginalized populations.
Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation
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.
The Lola Wright Foundation supports children and youth, public health and human services, education and community development, and arts and culture.