Amarillo Area Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Amarillo Area Foundation supports education, social services, economic development, healthcare, culture, environment and infrastructure in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, social services, economic development, healthcare, culture, environment, infrastructure

IP TAKE:  While there are a few grant programs available here, remember that funding interests are broad, unsolicited requests are accepted, and grant cycle information is updated regularly.

PROFILE: Established in 1957 and based in Amarillo, Texas, the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) is a community funder for the Texas Panhandle. AAF serves over 400,000 people in the region and covers 26 counties and 85 communities. In 1988, the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation was restructured to become a supporting organization of AAF. The funder aims to “improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents.” Funding areas of interest are education, social services, economic development, healthcare, culture, environment, and infrastructure.

The Amarillo Area Foundation’s four main focus areas are education, health, human services, and poverty.  Meanwhile the Harrington Foundation’s interests are hospitals, healthcare agencies, cultural programs, higher education, youth, social services, and civic affairs. Multiple competitive programs award grants independent of the discretionary and catalyst grant programs. Each has its own eligibility requirements, defined on each RFP page. The competitive grant programs are the Women’s Philanthropy Fund, the CNS Pantex Community Investment Fund and the Pattern Panhandle Wind Civic and Education Funds. In partnership with AAF, Harrington Regional Medical Campus awards annual grants to groups on the campus and also to nonprofits in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. These grants largely go to students and professionals pursuing health education, capital improvement projects and research projects. AAF awards scholarships for graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students.

Foundation grants typically range from $2,500 to $20,000. Browse the funder’s newsletter and blog to learn more about local giving and past grantees. In an average year, AAF serves 26 counties and 85 communities in the Texas Panhandle region.

This funder accepts unsolicited grant applications for select opportunities. Grant proposal deadlines are in June, September and November. The grant programs each have distinct deadlines. The application process is online and must be completed through an online portal. All grant applications are on the website. Direct general inquiries to the staff at 806-376-4521, and the email address for grantseeker questions is grants@aaf-hf.org.

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