Dallas Foundation: North Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: The Dallas Foundation funds a wide variety of nonprofit causes in the city of Dallas and Dallas County, especially early learning, social services, and healthcare.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, critical needs, animal welfare, older adults & aging, low-income children & adults, abused & neglected children, disabled children, blind and deaf children, children with debilitating diseases, African-American citizens, education, social services, religion, health, civic/public benefit

IP TAKE: The bulk of funding has been going toward education, and nonprofits need to go through the Community Impact Fund for education requests.

PROFILE: Established in 1929, the Dallas Foundation is the oldest community foundation in Texas. It works with local donors to serve nonprofits throughout North Texas through donor-advised, designated, field-of-interest, agency endowment, scholarship, and community impact funds. There are at least 587 funds at the Dallas Foundation, most of which are donor-advised funds, with far fewer being field-of-interest funds. The foundation aims to “serve as a resource, leader, and catalyst for philanthropy by providing donors with flexible means of making gifts to charitable causes that enhance our community.” Major grantmaking areas of interest are early learning, social services, and healthcare.

One of the largest grantmaking emphases here is on education. Always in search of innovative approaches to addressing community needs, the Dallas Foundation accepts grant proposals from a wide variety of nonprofits in Dallas County. Grants are awarded for capital projects, capacity building, programs, and general operating support. It awards grants once per year from its field-of-interest funds, which mostly support critical needs, low-income children, disabled children, and the arts. There are other funding opportunities that exist here too, such as the AWARE Fund for Alzheimer’s disease, the Hispanic 100 Fund, and the Pegasus Prize.

Most foundation grants are between $10,000 and $50,000. The funder lists past sample grantees in the various program areas on its website. Grantmaking is focused on the Dallas region of Texas. The foundation does not typically support start-up organizations, annual fund campaigns, or programs that don’t serve Dallas County residents.

The Dallas Foundation accepts letters of inquiry in the spring and fall of each year. It requires organizations to wait three years after receiving a grant before applying for a new one. The funder uses an online portal to accept new letters of inquiry. Direct general questions to the staff at 214-741-9898 or via online form.


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