Meadows Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: Based in Dallas, Texas, the Meadows Foundation invests in research and intervention in the areas of early childhood education, early literacy, mathematics and teacher and administrator development. A majority of its grantees operate in Texas.

IP TAKE: The Meadows Foundation invests in K-12 education through research and intervention in early childhood education, early literacy, mathematics and teacher and administrator development. A majority of its grantees operate in Texas.

PROFILE: The Meadows Foundation was founded in 1948 by Algur Meadows, a financier and former president of the General American Oil Company, and his wife, Virginia. Based in Dallas, Texas, the foundation “exists to assist people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.” The foundation’s major funding initiatives prioritize the environment, mental health and public education. It also funds programs in the areas of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, health and human services.

The broad goal of the Meadows Foundation’s education funding is to “improve the academic success of all public-school children in grades K-12.” The foundation has pursued this initiative through support of programs in early childhood education, early literacy, mathematics and teacher and administrator development. In 2008, the foundation provided support for the establishment of the Meadows Center for Preventing Academic Risk, a collaborative research project that supports the dissemination and implementation of research-based practices in various subject areas to classrooms across the U.S. More recently, it supported the Aberg Center for Literacy, a Dallas-based organization that provides support for family literacy, English fluency, and high school equivalency. Meadows grants have also supported the Dallas chapters of larger national programs such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Teach for America.

Meadows Foundation education grants range from $500 to $250,000. The majority of the foundation’s grantees operate in Texas, and about one-half serve the greater Dallas area. The foundation provides a searchable grants database on its website.

This foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations at any time and usually processes applications within a four-month period. Application guidelines and forms are available on the foundation website.

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