Greater Houston Community Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: The Greater Houston Community Foundation bridges the gap between local donors and nonprofits furthering the causes they want to support. Most grantmaking stays local, and addresses the arts, education, health, human services, public benefit, and religion.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, education, health, human services, public benefit, religion

IP TAKE: Even though the Greater Houston Community Foundation has hundreds of funds, nonprofits can only directly apply to a handful of these. GHCF does not often issue requests for proposals or accept grant applications.

PROFILE: Established in 1995, the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF) has many funds and awards millions of dollars through thousands of grants each year. GHCF’s primary mission is to connect local donors with the causes they care about and maximize the impact of their giving. Grantmaking areas of interest include arts, education, health, human services, public benefit, and religion.

In the past, the bulk of grants have gone towards public benefit efforts and education. In addition to these broad grantmaking categories, GHCF also supports local disaster relief efforts. For example, its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund accepted grant requests from nonprofits in the following focus areas: home repair services, behavioral health services, legal services, homelessness prevention, basic needs, furniture and furnishings, financial assistance, disaster case management, and educational services. When grant opportunities arise, the funder will publish details about the application process on its website.  

Foundation grant amounts vary widely based on which fund they come from. The funder does not have an online grants database. Grantmaking is largely focused on the Houston area of Texas. The board typically meets four times per year to review grantmaking activities.

Unlike some community foundations, GHCF does not appear to have a discretionary grantmaking program and it does not regularly accept applications. However, GHCF does administer a few community funds that award grants to institutions that provide health care, conduct health-related research, and train health care providers in the greater Houston area. To get in touch with the staff for general inquiries, call 713-333-2200 or complete the funder’s online form.


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