Permian Basin Area Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Permian Basin Area Foundation supports human services, education and youth programs, health, housing and community development, and culture and the arts in West Texas counties.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts and culture, health and human services, the elderly, community development, affordable housing

IP TAKE: There are at many permanent funds at PBAF, but the competitive grant program comprises a big part of the foundation’s grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1989, the Permian Basin Area Foundation (PBAF) is a community foundation in West Texas. The foundation is based in Midland, Texas and began with a charitable investment of $400,000. PBAF “partners with generous donors to leave a lasting impact in communities throughout a multi-county region of West Texas.” Grantmaking areas of interest are human services, education and youth programs, health, housing and community development, and culture and the arts.

PBAF has semi-annual competitive application and review process facilitated by the foundation’s grants committee and staff. This funder looks for long-term returns within acceptable risk tolerances and regularly monitors and evaluates performance. It also gives priority to applicants that identify long-term potential impacts of their projects, promote volunteer participation, and uses resourceful fundraising practices like matching grants and other donor contributions.

The foundation does not have an online grants database, but it does have a newsletter that grantseekers can sign up for. Its grantmaking extends across a multi-country region in West Texas. The foundation typically reviews grant applications in the spring and fall of each year, with spring cycle pre-application submissions due April 1 and fall cycles by October 1.

PBAF accepts unsolicited grant inquiries from nonprofits. First-time applicants are required to contact the foundation at least 30 days before the application deadline to schedule a preliminary interview. The grants committee and staff review new applications. Direct general questions to the staff at 432-617-3213 or to the grants administrator, Meagan Harris, at


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