Communities Foundation of Texas

OVERVIEW: The Communities Foundation of Texas has three grantmaking programs that support a total of 13 topics, and the funder largely focuses giving on the Texas counties of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, or Rockwall counties. 

FUNDING AREAS: Economic security, youth, medical & scientific research, public safety, education, animals, arts, elderly, environment, healthy, social services, radial equity

IP TAKE: Most of CFT’s grants are made through donor funds, but some are made with discretionary funds as well. Keep requests between $10,000 and $20,000.

PROFILE: Established in 1953, the Communities Foundation of Texas partners with businesses, families, and local donors to make charitable contributions in Texas. Founded by a group of prominent business and civic leaders, it was originally called the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund. Today, CFT makes grants to support community issues in North Texas and through its donors, throughout the rest of the world too. Grantmaking areas of interest are older adults, human-animal connection, special interest funds, community services, health, environment, racial equity, economic security, medial and scientific research, public safety, and education.

CFT is the philanthropic force behind North Texas Giving Day, the Giving Guide, Educate Texas, Entrepreneurs for North Texas, and the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation. There are three areas that nonprofits can apply for a grant: Community Impact Grants, Caruth Foundation grants, and LOI/Giving Guide. Community Impact Grantmaking is focused on helping low-income families find economic security, racial equity, and at-risk middle school youth. CFT manages grantmaking for the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation, which focuses on complex, multi-year grants related to medical and scientific research, public safety, and education. These tend to be huge multi-million-dollar grants, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. LOI/Giving Guide is an open call for smaller, wide-breadth grants in eight focus areas.

CFT grants are often $10,000 to $20,000. Review the funder’s website to learn about the annual grant distribution by program area. To be eligible for certain grants, at least 50 percent of the population served must be residents of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, or Rockwall counties. Grantmaking is largely centered on the Dallas area.

This funder accepts unsolicited grant requests, and the funding process starts with an eligibility quiz. The various topics of interest have different letter of inquiry deadlines. Contact the foundation by phone at 214-750-4222 or by email to individual staff members.


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