Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation supports many interests in Williamson County, Texas, including community, youth, arts and culture, human services, and disaster relief.

FUNDING AREAS: Community, youth, arts and culture, human services, disaster relief

IP TAKE:  Keep up with this funder’s Fast Pitch grants. This is the best opportunity for local nonprofits to get a grant and exposure to potential donors in the community.

PROFILE: Established in the late-1990s, the Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation (CTCF) was originally known as the Georgetown Area Community Foundation. CTCF was reconfirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations by the Council on Foundations in 2014. CTCF works to bridge gaps between donors, community members, and local nonprofits. Today, the funder meets its operating expenses through a 2009 gift from the W.D. Kelley Foundation, investment income, and administrative fees. Grantmaking areas of interest include community, youth, arts and culture, human services, and disaster relief.

The foundation is made up of agency funds, field-of-interest funds, donor-designated funds, and donor-advised funds. Grantseekers can see a list of them here. CTCF supports the community in several ways, allowing local groups to create a nonprofit fund, apply for a Fast Pitch Grant that benefits Williamson County, apply for a scholarship, and receive disaster relief funding from the Sport Clips Wayne McGlone Memorial Relief Fund. The Sport Clips Wayne McGlone Memorial Relief Fund was established to support Sports Clips employees in times of need. This addresses everything from tornado damage to family health concerns. The best grant opportunities for local nonprofits are CTCF's annual Fast Pitch events. Each year has its own theme, such as arts and culture. The goal of the events is to educate the public about the work of local nonprofits, expose nonprofits to new potential donors, and to award grants. Seeds of Strength is a donor designated funds administered by CTCF and a philanthropic women's giving circle focused on the Georgetown community.  CTCF also awards higher education scholarships through four funds and elementary school enrichment scholarships through the Clara Stearns Scarbrough Music Fund.

Foundation grants are typically between $3,000 and $10,000 each. The funder publishes past annual reports in its Press Room. It is solely committed to local needs in Williamson County, Texas.

CTCF accepts unsolicited requests for funding through its Fast Pitch program, and the application process involves written applications, a video competition, and public arts showcase event. Direct general questions to the staff at 512-863-4186 or friends@chisholm-trail.org.

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