Houston Endowment: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: Houston Endowment is focused on grantmaking in Texas’ Harris County and the contiguous counties of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller. Funding interests are arts and culture, education, the environment, and health and human services.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services

IP TAKE: This funder has refined and narrowed its funding areas in recent years, so contact a program officer to learn more about what the Houston Endowment is looking for in new grantees.

PROFILE: Established in 1937, the Houston Endowment is the foundation of Jessie H. and Mary Gibbs Jones. Jesse Jones grew up on his family’s prosperous tobacco farm in Tennessee following the Civil War, and he moved to Dallas to work at his uncle’s lumberyard as an adult. After the Galveston hurricane of 1900, he began building small homes, office buildings, and Houston’s first skyscrapers. He became the city’s foremost developer, a prominent civic leader, a political chairman, a global defense manufacturer, and a philanthropist. The foundation aims to advance “equity of opportunity for the people of greater Houston and enhances the vibrancy of our region.” Funding areas of interest include arts and culture, education, the environment, and health and human services.

Within the category of strong civic assets, the Houston Endowment funds the arts ecosystem, equitable arts engagement, and park equity. Thriving resident grants go towards access to healthcare, effective systems of support, and resilient communities. Postsecondary success grants go towards effective school systems, great teachers and school leaders, and college access. Finally, stronger region grants go towards a healthy environment, strong urban landscape, and preparing for the future.

Foundation grant amounts vary widely, and the funder does not have an online grants database to review. Foundation grants go towards improve the lives of people in the Greater Houston area, which is defined as Harris County and the contiguous counties of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller. The Houston Endowment makes various types of investments, including capacity-building support, capital improvements, general operating support, project support, public policy and engagement grants, and research grants.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals throughout the year. Nonprofits must submit proposals through an online grants management system and are encouraged to speak to a program officer to discuss the application timelines. Contact the staff with general questions at connect@houstonendowment.org or 713-238-8100.

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