South Plains Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports health research, education, and community service causes in and around Lubbock, Texas. Unsolicited grant applications are accepted from local groups.

FUNDING AREAS: Health research, community service, education

IP TAKE: SPF is a small foundation with limited funds, but it’s open to requests from Lubbock groups. Pitch an idea to improve the community, as this is the biggest topic of interest.  

PROFILE: The South Plains Foundation (SPF) is a health legacy foundation based in Lubbock, Texas. It originated from the sale of the South Plains Kidney Dialysis Center, a locally owned 501c3 non-profit medical facility in town. The center was sold off, and a private foundation was formed in 1989 from the proceeds to focus on health care and community activities with an educational component. 

Funding topics of interest are health research, community service, and education. SPF's approach to these topics has been broad in the past. Grants have gone to Literacy Lubbock, the Salvation Army, and the Guadalupe-Parkway Summer Center. Medical research grantmaking is focused on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

You can download the grant application form from the funder’s website. The board considers requests for community grants at the November and February meetings, education grants at the May meetings, and medical research proposals in August. The SPF board consists of local citizens involved with the topics that the foundation funds. In the past, deadlines for grant proposals have fallen in October and January for community grants and in April for all other grants. Submitted proposals may be subject to a peer review process.

As a general rule, SPF does not support operating costs, overhead costs, salaries, or benefits. This is because the foundation’s budget is small compared to larger funders that support the area. Grants max out at $10,000, and all awards are paid in one installment. SPF's assets range is $5 million to $10 million.  

Grantseekers are required to mail five copies of their applications, with attachments, via regular mail to the foundation’s physical address of 511 Avenue K, P.O. Box 2913, Lubbock, Texas 79401. The foundation is particular about not paper-clipping or stapling your application.

The key staff member to know here is Sue Hudson, the foundation administration. You should also email a copy of your grant application to her at sueh24@gmail.com. There do not appear to be any other full-time staff members. The foundation phone number is 806-747-9009.

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