Amon G. Carter Foundation

OVERVIEW: This Texas-focused funder gives for art and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services. Most grants stay in Tarrant County, Texas. Unsolicited applications are accepted.

FUNDING AREAS: Art and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, human services

IP TAKE:  Education has been the biggest cause for this funder, aside from its own art museum. This is a good foundation to know for big building projects around Fort Worth.

PROFILE: The Amon G. Carter Foundation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was established in 1945 by Amon G. Carter and Nenetta Burton Carter. Newspaper executive Amon Carter helped build the Fort Worth Star into one of the most influential newspapers of the Southwest. He also bought and built up local radio and news stations. Through it all, his mission was to let everyone around the country know what a great place Fort Worth was. He was also a big investor in oil and gas, and an acclaimed collector of Western art.

The foundation was initially established with $8,511,712 in 1947 after Carter’s Wasson Field oil interests were sold. He left over $7 million more to the foundation upon his death to create a museum for his art collection. By the end of a recent year, the funder had given over $590 million in charitable gifts. That year, the foundation’s assets exceeded $647 million. Current financial data can be viewed here.

Some the biggest foundation projects have taken place at Texas Christian University. It has awarded grants for major local building projects as well as small grants in its areas of interest. Today, this funder awards grants in art and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services.

The geographic focus of this funder’s efforts is Tarrant County, Texas. Efforts outside the county are usually initiated by the foundation. Lately, the bulk of foundation money has gone to the Amon Carter Museum. The next most-funded category is education, then social services, health and medicine, and finally arts and humanities. In any given year, you’ll likely see grants of just $1,500, as well as million-dollar grants. Lists of grants paid in recent years can be found on the What We Support page.

Three are no deadlines to request a grant; the board meets three times per year in February, May, and November. You can learn the date of the next board meeting via the funder’s News page. There is no letter of inquiry required, so you can go straight to the application phase. Proposals must be sent via mail to the attention of Executive Vice President John H. Robinson, as email proposals are not accepted.  

Questions regarding grants should be directed to administrative assistant Terry Mullins. General inquiries can be called in to 817-332-2783.


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