Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports many interests in Williamson County, Texas. Annual grants are awarded to local groups through a special foundation event.  

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: The Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation (CTCF) was established in the late 1990s as the Georgetown Area Community Foundation. It is solely committed to local needs in Williamson County, Texas. 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 building gift from the W.D. Kelley Foundation, investment income, and administrative fees.

CTCF supports the community in four ways, allowing locals to: (1) create a nonprofit fund, (2) apply for a Fast Pitch Grant that benefits Williamson County, (3) apply for a scholarship, and (4) 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 is administered by CTCF and includes everything from tornado damage to family health concerns. As a community foundation, CTCF also creates funds for nonprofit organizations. 

The foundation is made up of agency funds, field-of-interest funds, donor-designated funds, and donor-advised funds. You can see a list of them here.

The best grant opportunities for local nonprofits are CTCF's annual Fast Pitch events. Upcoming dates are noted on the CTCF Facebook page. 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. These grants are typically between $3,000 and $10,000 each.

CTCF also awards higher education scholarships through four funds and elementary school enrichment scholarships through the Clara Stearns Scarbrough Music Fund. Sign up on the website to receive their newsletter and to learn about announcements and events. Past annual reports are published in the funder’s Press Room.

In a recent year, the funder gave more than $1.1 million to local nonprofits through its donors. The foundation is run by a board of directors with about 13 members and a staff of five. Managing Director Mike Weir can be reached at friends@chisholm-trail.org. General questions can be directed to the staff at 512-863-4186 or via mail at 116 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

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