Grantmaking Guidelines

The following guidelines will help applicants determine if a proposed project fits within the foundation’s grantmaking strategy.

As a general rule, applicants should base their determination on three criteria. The proposed project must: 

  • align with a specific foundation program;
  • focus on the state of Texas; and,
  • clearly demonstrate how the project supports the relevant foundation grantmaking strategy.

After reviewing our grantmaking programs and practices, and if you are confident that your organization and project is a clear and demonstrable match with the foundation’s funding priorities, you may complete and send a Letter of Inquiry, the first step in requesting funding from the foundation.

You do not need to discuss your proposal with staff before submitting this query. If you have already spoken to foundation staff about your request, please state this in the query. We will reply to your online submission within 45 days. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we unfortunately cannot respond to phone calls or emails requesting the status of submissions. 


Please do not submit a full proposal until invited to do so. Unsolicited proposals will not be reviewed or considered. Please note that the foundation’s grantmaking capacity is extremely limited in relation to the large number of worthwhile requests received.

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