Parks for Downtown Dallas

OVERVIEW: Parks for Downtown Dallas is the successor of the Belo Foundation and focused on creating more green spaces in downtown Dallas.

FUNDING AREAS: Urban parks and green spaces

IP TAKE: This funder has redefined its focus in recent years and is now more inaccessible for local nonprofit grantseekers.

PROFILE: Established in 2015, Parks for Downtown Dallas emerged when the Belo Foundation decided to solely focus on creating more green space for parks in Dallas. The original founder, A.H. Belo, began as a Texas newspaper company in Galveston. Daily newspapers include the Dallas Morning News and the Denton Record Chronicle. The newspaper company established a philanthropic foundation in 1952, which was previously named the G.B. Dealey Foundation and then the Dallas Morning News-WFAA Foundation and the A.H. Belo Corporation Foundation. It was known simply as the Belo Foundation since 2000. Today, the foundation aims to “transform the landscape of the downtown core through a public-private partnership with the City of Dallas to build the four priority parks identified in the 2004 Downtown Parks Master Plan and the 2013 Downtown Parks Master Plan Update.”

The foundation focuses its efforts on Carpenter Park, Harwood Park, Pacific Plaza, and West End Plaza. It is also focused on adding 17 new acres of green space to Dallas by 2022. A completed project is Belo Garden at Griffin and Main Streets.

Foundation grants are often well into the millions of dollars, such as the $15 million gift to build Pacific Plaza Park. Review the funder’s news section to learn more about past giving. All grants are focused on the city of Dallas.

It does not appear that this foundation accepts unsolicited funding requests from local nonprofits. To get in touch with the staff, complete the foundation’s online contact form.


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