What We Fund

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation funds high‐impact projects in the state of Texas at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy.

To accomplish our goals, we develop long-term, strategic guidelines for our grantmaking and make disciplined and intentional funding decisions based on these guidelines. We continually monitor and adjust our strategies to accommodate for accomplishments and opportunities in the areas in which we work.

Current strategic grantmaking programs focus on the following initiatives:

Clean Energy
Sustainability Education
Shale Sustainability 

To learn more about our current or previous initiatives, visit the Programs section of this website.

What We Do Not Fund

The foundation's grantmaking has several limitations:

  • In general, the foundation is unable to provide grants to organizations that are not classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue Service. Your IRS determination letter must be awarded prior to proposal submission. 
  • The foundation does not support research unless it contains an explicit and practical policy application or outcome.
  • Projects that are viewed favorably by the foundation will contain a viable and sophisticated communications strategy for rolling out the results of the funded effort.
  • The foundation is unable to make grants intended to support candidates for political office or to influence legislation.
  • The foundation does not fund the research, development, commercialization, or demonstration of technology.
  • The foundation does not fund demonstration projects or local community projects.
  • In general, the foundation does not provide grants for general operating support.
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