Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country

OVERVIEW: This funder supports work in Kerr County, Texas, and the communities of Fredericksburg, Harper, Stonewall, Comfort, Bandera, and Medina. Funding interests include education and youth, community service, civic and cultural, and family and wellness.

FUNDING AREAS: Education and youth, community service, civic and cultural, and family and wellness

IP TAKE:  This community funder has a wider service area than many in Texas. Grants here aren’t huge, but there’s an accessible application process that’s worth learning about.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country (CFTHC), based in Kerrville, Texas, was established in 1982. Philanthropist Alma Dietert gave the first $5,000, and now the foundation has assets of over $17 million. It formerly served only the Kerrville Area, but since 2000 has addressed a larger Hill Country area that includes Fredericksburg, Comfort, Medina, Kerrville, Ingram, Hunt, and Center Point.

There are around 137 funds at CFTHC that have provided over $15.5 million to groups in the counties it covers. The six types of funds held here are: unrestricted funds, donor advised funds, field of interest funds, designated funds, agency endowment funds, and scholarship funds. Annual reports and financial statements can be viewed here.

A list of nonprofits that serve CFTHC’s service area can be viewed on their Nonprofit Organizations page. If your group isn’t listed here, get in touch to introduce yourself. This is a very visible resource for local donors to learn about worthwhile causes in the region.

Grant applications have been made available in early April and due on the first of June. From there, grants are approved by early August. The application and guidelines can be downloaded from the funder’s website. Applications are accepted any time of the year. Only groups providing services in Kerr County and the communities of Fredericksburg, Harper, Stonewall, Comfort, Bandera, Medina and their outlying areas can apply.

Historically, the largest number of CFTHC grants have come from designated and donor-advised funds. Based on interest area, the majority have gone to education and youth. This category is followed by community service, civic and cultural, and family and wellness. Between 1982 and 2016, the foundation gave just shy of $20 million.

In addition to grants, the foundation also awards scholarships and offers an annual training event for nonprofit professionals. Quarterly lunches for nonprofit staff members are also hosted. Sisterhood for Good is an affiliated women’s giving circle with two location focuses: Fredericksburg and Kerrville. There’s also the Create a Smile Fund, which aims to improve dental care for local kids.

There are five staff members at CFTHC, led by an executive director, Austin Dickson. A good point of contact for grantseekers is Ingrid Cunyus, who is the grants and scholarships manager and can be reached at ingrid@communityfoundation.net. General questions can be submitted via online form or called into the staff at 830-896-8811. The funder’s mailing address is P.O. Box 291354, Kerrville, Texas 78029-1354. Check the funder’s Events page to see when the next Nonprofit Quarterly Luncheon is coming up.

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