Greater Texas Foundation

OVERVIEW: GTF is an education funder that supports postsecondary success for students throughout Texas. Grants often go to universities for postsecondary success programs and research on related topics.

FUNDING AREAS: Postsecondary education in Texas

IP TAKE: The largest grants tend to go to major Texas universities, but small, local nonprofits shouldn’t be discouraged from applying for grants. There are good opportunities now for rural education programs.

PROFILE: The Greater Texas Foundation (GTF), based in Bryan, Texas, is an education-focused funder working to help Texas students succeed in postsecondary education. It was formed through the expansion of the Greater Texas Student Loan Corporation, the foundation’s predecessor entity. The election to expand its charitable purpose was made in 2001, and the loan corporation was called LoanSTAR Systems.

Since 2014, the foundation has focused on regional-level work that helps the various regions of Texas collaborate. It also has been expanding beyond grantmaking to research and policy advocacy. Learn more here about foundation-initiated research projects, such as Dollars for Degrees, Texas Regional Action Plan, and the Study of Dual Credit Access and Effectiveness in the State of Texas.

The foundation is primarily interested in programs and services that increase rates of postsecondary enrollment and completion for Texas students. Particular focus is on underprivileged students who may experience barriers to postsecondary success.

GTF’s grants go throughout Texas but cluster around San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. A grant of $3 million was awarded to the Texas A&M Foundation to support an initiative for rural student success. A $500,000 grant went to the University of Texas at Austin for an online tool to streamline postsecondary pathways, and a $130,000 grant went to the school to support research to increase the number of students who transfer from two-year to four-year schools.

You can search for grants here, by amount, year, county, or funding principle. The funding principles include postsecondary education, math/science readiness, and five other retired categories. Grants can be anywhere from $1,000 to $3 million. Multiyear grants are awarded occasionally. 

The foundation has a fellows program for the purpose of building research and teaching capacity for Texas faculty. Fellows receive up to $30,000 per year for three years.  A scholarship program benefits graduates of Texas Early College High Schools. Starting in the fall of 2012, around $3.32 million in scholarships was set aside for five four-year institutions over a six-year period.

GTF is run by nine board members and a staff of eight. Sue McMillin is the president and CEO, Leslie Gurrola is the director of programs and strategy, and Carol Miller is the director of grants management. Ask questions at 979-779-6100 or by mail at 6100 Foundation Place Drive, Bryan, Texas, 77807. Keep up with foundation news here.

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