Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley supports a range of education, community, and other nonprofit causes in the seven-county Brazos Valley in Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, community, health, housing, women and girls

IP TAKE:  The biggest opportunities here are with the unrestricted field-of-interest funds. Funding interests are broad, so all Brazos Valley nonprofits should get to know CFBV.

PROFILE: Established in 2003, the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley (CFBV) is based in Bryan, Texas, and serves a seven-county region. It was established in 2003 and comprises at least 79 funds totaling over $8 million. The foundation typically gives between $80,000 and $90,000 in grants each year. Overall, the foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people in the Brazos Valley of Texas. Funding areas of interest include education, community, health, housing, and women and girls.

Learn more about the individual funds held at CFBV here. Aside from donor-designated funds, the foundation has a competitive grant program to award undesignated field-of-interest funds. This is the best opportunity for local groups seeking grants. A grants committee reviews the requests and makes recommendations to the board of trustees. CFBV gives to an array of local causes, centered on education and community. Another funding opportunity is with the Leo L. Livingston Fund, which benefits nonprofits in Taylor, Texas. Livingston’s wife established a fund in his memory, and this fund accepts applications throughout the year as well. These grants support established programs, start-up programs, and capital needs to improve organizational capacity.

Foundation grants typically range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars each. The foundation does not have an online grants database. Grantmaking is limited to the Brazos Valley of Texas.

The foundation accepts grant requests for unrestricted and field-of-interest funds throughout the year but only makes awards during the funder’s Annual Day of Giving Celebration in November or early December. Download grant application forms in PDF or DOC format on the funder’s website. Direct questions to the staff at 979-589-4305 or president@cfbv.org.

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