Eugene Straus Charitable Trust

OVERVIEW: The Eugene Straus Charitable Trust supports education, environment, health, human services, arts, culture, humanities, and religion-related causes in Dallas County, Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, environment, health, human services, arts, culture, humanities, religion

IP TAKE: Contact this funder for building construction and renovation needs in Dallas County, Texas. It only funds local organizations.

PROFILE: Established in 1974, the Eugene Straus Charitable Trust is a private foundation in Texas. The founder, Eugene Straus, was a Dallas, Texas native and born to a pioneer family. He found career success as a real estate developer and homebuilder. Under his will, Straus wished for this trust to support charitable groups in Dallas County to “erect and maintain permanent building improvements.” Managed by Bank of America’s Texas office, the foundation funds education, environment, health, human services, arts, culture, humanities, and religion-related causes.

The Eugene Straus Charitable Trust funds only specific requests related to permanent building improvements. Therefore, it does not provide program-related grants or general operating support grants. Only locally based organizations receive Straus grants.

Grants range between about $10,000 and $25,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses exclusively on Dallas County, Texas, and a majority of grants stay in the city of Dallas. Past local grantees include the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is July 31, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about three to four months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com or 800-357-7094.

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