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Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for
Programs and Services that Strengthen Families

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Foundation / Corporation

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Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/31/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations in Bexar, Hays, Comal, Travis, Guadalupe, and Kendall counties for parent-child programming that strengthens local families. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to strengthen the family unit, based on the "Dual Gen" (Two Generation) philosophy.

Dual Gen approaches help develop an infrastructure to address parent and child needs together. Specifically, we will be looking for programs that are comprised of all of the following three components:

  1. Adult Education for Parents that can include ESL, GED/High School Diploma, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Anger Management, Financial Literacy, and/or Job Skill Training. At least one of the above must be present along with a parenting skills/parent education program.
  2. Quality Early Childhood Education (0-8 years), composed of basic academics that are designed to prepare the child for school readiness, along with creative play, the arts, social emotional development and other possible programs to enhance a child's learning opportunities. There may be children in the family that are older than 8, however, the family must include children in the 0-8 year-old category.
  3. Family Activities, programs that then bring the parent and child(ren) together for play, reading, and family-oriented activities in an effort to strengthen the family unit.

While many programs tend to arrange parent-oriented and child-oriented programs into separate silos, Dual Gen programs and policies seek to engage families in ways that knit together these services and address both groups simultaneously. Programs must have been in operation for at least one year and serve families with children aged 0-8. The Foundation has chosen this focus, "Strengthening the Family Unit," because it will allow them to support lifelong learning, self-reliance and healthy lifestyles aligning with the Foundation's longtime mission.

Preference will be given to requests that have funding from other sources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 126081

Estimated Size of Grant:

In order to support the Strengthening the Family Unit initiative, the Foundation Board has committed to a gradual spend out of assets over a timeline of six to 10 years. There will be no set amount on grants. 2020 will be the second year of this timeline.

Term of Contract:

All grant funds must be distributed by December 15 of the calendar year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant applicants must be tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. The Foundation does not fund 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations or International Agencies.

The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals or for scholarships, debt reduction, start-ups, capital campaigns, endowments, fundraising events or sponsorships. The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation is committed to the principle of equal opportunity, and therefore, will not support organizations that discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, gender, race, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or religious belief in administration of their employment or service policies.

Pre-Application Information:

A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process will be open to any organization that feel they meet all three components of the Strengthening the Family Unit requirements. If you intend to submit an LOI, contact Melanie Cazier.

LOI's Accepted: August 15-September 15, 2019
Invitation for Application Sent by: October 1, 2019
Application Due: October 31, 2019, 5 p.m.
Grant Notification by: February 3, 2020

Applicants may submit an application that covers two programs if they come together to satisfy the Strengthening the Family Unit initiative.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Linda McDavitt, President/CEO

Melanie Cazier, Consultant

Phone: (210) 590-0535

The Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation
P.O. Box 90987
San Antonio, Texas 78209

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USA: Texas: Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and Travis Counties

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