Community Foundation of Brazoria County

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of Brazoria County supports a variety of community projects in Brazoria County, Texas. It also awards grants through separate funds that address needs in health and human services, and women and children.

FUNDING AREAS: Health and human services, women and children, community

IP TAKE:  It is best to get in touch with this foundation directly to learn more about its grant application guidelines and procedures. Minimal information is provided on the funder’s website, although it appears to be open to a variety of local causes.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Brazoria County (CFBC) is a local community foundation based in Angleton, Texas. It is accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board and awards grants to local groups through a few different programs. CFBC “works for the common good of all citizens of the county by promoting local philanthropy.” Grantmaking areas of interest include health and human services, women and children, and community.

The Lowrey Community Service grants are available to groups in Brazoria County working in health and human services. The grant deadline for this program is usually in mid-March. Women Building Community is a local women’s giving group that awards grants to nonprofits working on women’s and children’s issues. This group made its first grants in 2004 and has given out over $145,000 to support their cause. Past WBC grant recipients include the Brazoria County Dream Center, Early Stage Coaches of Gathering Place, and True to Life Ministries. The WBC annual deadline usually falls on the first of June. Also, CFBC awards community foundation grants to groups that benefit the people of the county. There are no clearly defined focus areas for these local community grants. However, the foundation typically makes applications for them available around the first of June.  Projects supported by CFBC include the Capitol of Texas Park, Hudson Woods Bird Blind, Brazosport ISD Schools, and Columbia Bottomlands.

Foundation grants are often a few hundred to a few thousand dollars each. The foundation website does not include an online grants database. Grantmaking generally stays in Brazoria County, Texas.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from local nonprofits. To apply for a grant, send an email to the staff at cfbr@sbcglobal.net to request more information. However, the dates for which applications are made available are published on the funder’s grants page. There are typically about seven members on the board of directors each year, with a chairman, president, treasurer, secretary, and VPs of finance, development, and disbursement. About a dozen other individuals typically sit on the board as well to guide grantmaking. Direct general inquires to the staff at cfbr@sbcglobal.net or 979-848-2628.

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