OVERVIEW: The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation supports nonprofit efforts in water, clean energy, shale sustainability and sustainability education, and various Galveston efforts.
FUNDING AREAS: Water, clean energy, shale sustainability, environmental conservation, sustainability education, Galveston efforts
IP TAKE: This is a great environmentally focused funder to know if you’re working anywhere in Texas, but especially in Galveston in the years ahead.
PROFILE: Incorporated in 1978, the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation has offices in Austin and The Woodlands. Since then, it has awarded millions of dollars to organizations and programs working in the areas of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy. The Mitchells earned their wealth in the energy business, committed themselves to a life of giving, and signed the Giving Pledge. The foundation “works as an engine of change in both policy and practice in Texas, supporting high-impact projects at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy.” Grantmaking areas of interest are clean water, clean energy, shale sustainability, environmental conservation, sustainability education, and Galveston efforts.
The Galveston program is a newly developing endeavor and aims to support land conservation in the region. In addition to these grantmaking programs, the foundation also gives to Cook’s Branch Conservancy and the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University. All programs must focus on the state of Texas to be eligible for grants.
The foundation awards grants in a range of sizes. The foundation does not have an online grants database, but grantseekers can view the funder’s newsroom to learn more about its grantmaking. All grantmaking is focused on benefiting the residents of Texas.
This foundation's grantmaking programs are highly specialized, so it does not fund unsolicited grant applications. However, interested groups can submit a letter of inquiry to see if their programs are a fit. Nonprofits should submit letters of inquiry online, and the foundation only supports a small number of these requests. Direct general questions to the foundation staff via online contact form.
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