Amon G. Carter Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Amon G. Carter Foundation gives for art and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services. Most grants stay in Tarrant County, Texas.

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: Established in 1945, the Amon G. Carter Foundation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, and the foundation of 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. The foundation’s areas of interest are art and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services.

The funder provides broad support within its various interest areas. 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. 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.

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to millions of dollars each. View lists of grants paid in recent years on the What We Support page. The geographic focus of this funder’s efforts is Tarrant County, Texas. The foundation may initiate efforts outside the county on occasion as well.

The Carter Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Three are no deadlines to request a grant, and the board meets three times per year in February, May, and November. There is no letter of inquiry required, so go straight to the application phase. Send proposals via mail to the attention of Executive Vice President John H. Robinson because email proposals are not accepted. Direct questions regarding grants to administrative assistant Terry Mullins at and general inquiries to 817-332-2783.


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