Beaumont Foundation of America: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Beaumont Foundation of America supports K-12 education through its education, social services and children and youth funding initiatives.

IP TAKE:  Funding K-12 education through its education, social services and children and youth initiatives, the Beaumont Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals and prioritizes organizations and projects in Texas or that serve Texans.

PROFILE: The Beaumont Foundation of America, based in Beaumont Texas, was established in 2001, when Texas attorney Wayne A. Reaud directed unclaimed funds from a class action lawsuit against the Toshiba Corporation to a charitable foundation aimed at bringing technology to underprivileged Americans. Today, the foundation maintains the broad aim of “enriching lives” and “enhancing futures.” Since it’s founding, Beaumont has supported its five main initiatives—education, social services, children and youth, healthcare and foundation initiated programs—with more than $125 million in grants.

The Beaumont Foundation’s education initiative supports programs that prepare underserved students for college and provides awards of $10,000 to teachers in specific regions of Texas “whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.” Funding for K-12 education stems mainly from the foundation’s education, social welfare and children and youth initiatives. Beaumont’s social services initiative prioritizes afterschool programs for underprivileged children, and its children and youth initiative funds nonprofits that “strive to improve the conditions of children who are living in less fortunate situations.” The foundation further prioritizes organizations in Texas. Recent Beaumont grantees include the Southeast Texas Food Bank and Lutheran Social Services of Texas, also known as Upbring, which provides school clothing for children living in foster care.

The Beaumont Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of interest or applications. As stated on its website, the foundation requires prospective applicants to submit a letter of interest outlining the background of the organization and the proposed project before submitting a formal application to the Foundation. This means grantseekers should first contact the foundation with this information. According to Beaumont, the “letter of interest should describe succinctly the project for which funding is requesting, including how it relates to the Foundation’s program areas, the target audience, the estimated budget and request amount.”