Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation awards community and health grants in Kleberg and the surrounding counties of South Texas. More broadly, it supports medical science, biomedical research, education, arts, wildlife, and animal sciences.

FUNDING AREAS: Basic medical science, biomedical research, education, community and health services, arts and humanities, wildlife, veterinary and animal sciences

IP TAKE: Medical research is the big cause for this funder, but locally, health services in Kleberg and the surrounding counties is on the rise.

PROFILE: Established in 1950, the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation is the foundation of Robert and Helen Kleberg of Kingsville, Texas. Based in San Antonio, Texas, its purpose is to improve the quality of life in South Texas communities, as well as to advance scientific research, and wildlife and habitat stewardship. Robert Kleberg was a successful rancher and livestock breeder who was passionate about wildlife conservation and science. His wife, Helen, loved the arts and was involved in many local causes. Grantmaking areas of interest are basic medical science, biomedical research, education, community and health services, arts and humanities, wildlife, and veterinary and animal sciences.

Historically, around 60 percent of Kleberg grants have gone to medical research since inception. The other categories receive between three percent and nine percent of overall giving. Overall, health and education have been the next two biggest causes for this funder. Only community and health organizations in South Texas are considered for grants, but the other categories have a somewhat broader reach. This funder only awards general operating support for newer and less-established organizations. Project support is available for up to five years. The funder rarely considers capital project requests, but groups have a better chance at this if they are small, community-based agencies and if eco-friendly features are added.

Foundation grants are often a few thousand dollars but sometimes considerably larger too. Grantseekers can view a list of recent grants here. Also, review the funder’s news releases to learn about past giving. Grantmaking is largely focused on Kleberg and the adjoining counties in South Texas. With very few exceptions, recent grantmaking has stayed within Texas.

The foundation accepts unsolicited online grant applications. There are two grant cycles, and applications are accepted in February and March for spring distributions and in August and September for fall distributions. Direct general questions to the grants administrator, Margret Bamford, at 210-271-3691 or margretb@alexventures.com.

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