Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley

OVERVIEW: This funder supports a range of education, community, and other nonprofit causes in the seven-county Brazos Valley in Texas. Grants are awarded once per year, and applications are accepted throughout the year.

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: 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 now comprises approximately 72 funds totaling $3.7 million. Since inception, CFBV has given over $700,000 to local causes; it typically gives more than $90,000 in grants each year. Current financial data can be viewed here. Overall, the foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people in the Brazos Valley of Texas.

At the time this profile was written, CFBV managed 20 donor advised funds, 21 designated funds, two field-of-interest funds, 18 nonprofit agency funds, and seven unrestricted funds. Learn more about these individual funds 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.

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. Grant application forms can be downloaded in PDF or DOC format on the funder’s website.

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. The annual deadline is February 1, with notifications going out by March 17. You can download this application from the funder’s website. These grants support established programs, start-up programs, and capital needs to improve organizational capacity.

Questions can be directed to the staff at 979-589-4305 or president@cfbv.org. Patricia W. Gerling is the president, and there are usually about 10 members on the board of directors. The foundation’s office is located at Briarcrest Commons, 1733 Briarcrest Drive, Suite 203, Bryan, Texas 77802. Keep up with this funder on its news room and events page.

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