Clara Blackford Smith & W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Clara Blackford Smith & W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation supports education, health, organizations human services in Grayson County, Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: This local funder funds construction and renovation projects, as well as for a nonprofit’s equipment needs.

PROFILE: Established in 1978, the Clara Blackford Smith & W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation is a private foundation based in Texas. Mrs. Smith was dedicated to supporting health causes during her lifetime and established this foundation in her will. It aims to “support and promote quality education, health care and human services programming for underserved populations.” Managed by Bank of America’s Texas office, the foundation funds local education, health, and human services nonprofits and causes.

The Clara Blackford Smith & W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation regularly provides support to a broad range of nonprofits in its home region. Nonprofits that provide aid to underserved local populations receive this funder’s support. In the past, the Smith Charitable Foundation has provided grants for construction of facilities, capital improvements, equipment and vehicle purchases, and major renovation projects.

Grants range between about $25,000 and $200,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking focuses exclusively on Grayson County, Texas. Past grantees are based in the cities of Austin, Denison, Houston, and Sherman. Past local grantees include Texoma Health Care System, Denison Independent School District Education Foundation, City of Denison, and Grayson County Shelter. A majority of grants are for one-year periods, although the funder occasionally considers multi-year grant requests.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadlines are January 1 and August 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about two to three months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com or 800-357-7094.

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