Foundation for Southeast Texas

OVERVIEW: The Foundation for Southeast Texas supports arts and culture, preservation, education, health, social services, youth, the elderly, economic development, faith groups, and civic affairs in the Texas counties of Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, preservation, education, health, social services, youth, the elderly, economic development, faith groups, civic affairs

IP TAKE:  This community foundation pursues broad interests through unrestricted grants made once per year. Grants are not huge, but it awards quite a few of them each cycle.  

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Foundation for Southeast Texas is based in Beaumont, Texas, and serves nonprofits in the Texas counties of Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange. As a nonprofit public charity, the foundation accepts, manages, and distributes funds to the local communities. It is led by a board of approximately 30 leaders in the aforementioned counties. Grantmaking topics of interest include arts and culture, preservation, education, health, social services, youth, the elderly, economic development, faith groups, and civic affairs.

Approximately 28 designated, donor-advised, unrestricted, and scholarship funds are held at this foundation. The foundation has awarded human services grants to the Salvation Army and Some Other Place, while education grants have gone to Vidor ACE After School Program and Community in Schools for supplies. Arts and culture grants have gone to purchases, repairs, and programs at the Beaumont Children’s Museum, Museum of the Gulf Coast, and Young Audience of Southeast Texas. Health grants have gone towards covering one individual family’s medical costs at Southeast Texas and for educational programs at the Alzheimer Association.

Grants are typically $500 to $5,000. A list of recent grants can be found in the funder’s annual reports and on the website list. Nonprofit stories can be viewed here. Grantmaking is typically restricted to the Texas counties of Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange. This foundation also supports individuals and specific families.

The community foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications for unrestricted funds. The funder awards grants distributed by endowed designated funds in January. Up to five percent of the value of the fund may be awarded. Non-endowed donor-advised fund grants are awarded throughout the year at the request of donors. Unrestricted funds are part of a once-per-year competitive process. A grant committee reviews applications and may request an interview before making a decision. Application forms are on the funder’s website and also at local libraries in January of each year. The foundation staff can be reached at 409-833-7885 or via email at director@cfsetx.org.

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