South Plains Foundation

OVERVIEW: The South Plains Foundation supports health research, education, and community service causes in and around Lubbock, Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Health research, community service, education

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

PROFILE: Established in 1989, 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 , and a private foundation was formed 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. It has awarded grants 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. As a general rule, SPF does not support operating costs, overhead costs, salaries, or benefits.

The maximum grant amount is $10,000, and all awards are paid in one installment. SPF's assets typically range from $5 million to $10 million.  Grantmaking is focused on the Lubbock, Texas area.

This funder accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Grantseekers 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. Grantseekers are required to mail five copies of their applications, with attachments, via regular mail to the foundation’s physical address. The foundation phone number is 806-747-9009, and the email for Sue Hudson, the foundation administrator, is sueh24@gmail.com.

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