Helen Irwin Littauer Educational Trust

OVERVIEW: The Helen Irwin Littauer Educational Trust supports arts, culture, humanities, education, food, agriculture, nutrition, health, housing, shelter, and human services in Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, culture, humanities, education, food, agriculture, nutrition, health, housing, shelter, human services

IP TAKE: Despite its name, the trust supports a variety of causes benefitting Texans.

PROFILE: Established in 1989, the Helen Irwin Littauer Educational Trust is a private grantmaking foundation in Texas. Littauer was a native of Fort Worth, Texas and descendant of the prominent Cetti family. She was an editor in New York City and had a degree in journalism. She later served in city government and community volunteering in Connecticut. Littauer was involved with this trust until her death. Today Bank of America’s Texas office manages the foundation, which broadly funds the arts, culture, humanities, education, food, agriculture, nutrition, health, housing, shelter, and human services.

The Littauer Educational Trust’s giving, regardless of its area of concern, focuses on supporting at-risk youth. It is particularly interested giving scholarships that help underprivileged students attend school, especially for journalism. The trust also funds medical care for the low-income and vulnerable people at hospitals and clinics, as well as work that benefits orphaned and disabled children. Other funding interests are caring for the sick, elderly and disabled and improving the working and living conditions of all people.

Grants range between $1,000 and $25,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Texas and mostly in Tarrant County, Texas. Past local grantees include Real School Gardens, Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas, and Rivertree Academy.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is March 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about three to four months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com or 800-357-7094.

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