Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Awards to Texas Organizations & Individuals
for Exemplary Dedication to Community Service

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

One Star Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/04/14 11:59 PM CDT


Request a Grant Writer

Awards to Texas organizations, groups or individuals to recognize outstanding dedication to voluntarism and community service to benefit their fellow Texans. The Foundation seeks to honor organizations and individuals that have dedicated a long period of time to volunteer work and have made sustainable positive impacts over the years through their commitment.

Award Categories:

1) Governor’s Lonestar Achievement Award

This award recognizes the outstanding service of an individual who has impacted the delivery of social services in Texas. Nominees should demonstrate a minimum of 15 years of serving and engaging others. Lonestar Achievers are those rare individuals who see impossible dreams and make them realities.

Performance: Did the nominee devote a minimum of 15 years to their cause? Did they provide a measurable impact of service? Did they forge partnerships, increase the capacity of a community/organization, and promote an ethic of service and volunteerism? Has the community/organization benefitted because of their work?

Sustainability: Has a lasting difference been made over the years because of the nominee’s commitment? Can the community/organization sustain the change into the future?

2) First Lady’s Rising Star Award

This award recognizes the innovative efforts of an individual 18 years or younger serving and inspiring his/her community. Nominees should demonstrate leadership, perseverance and creativity. Rising Stars use their unique talents to serve others and often engage those around them to join their cause.

Performance: Did the nominee show creativity, leadership, perseverance and commitment through their efforts? Did the nominee bring about change? Did they engage and influence others to join their cause? Did they promote an ethic of service through their work?

Sustainability: Will the impact of the nominee’s work most likely continue into the future? Are their efforts sustainable beyond their involvement?

3) Community Leadership Award

This award recognizes an individual/group/organization for strengthening their community through outstanding partnerships, service and volunteerism. Community Leaders understand the importance of service and develop connections between groups and individuals to help them craft collaborative solutions to local needs. They exhibit a dedication to their communities that inspires those around them to serve. Any individual, group of individuals, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, civic groups, government agencies, public institutions or public education institutions can be nominated for the Community Leadership Award.

Performance: Did the nominee leverage their skills and knowledge to bring together representatives from different community organizations to solve a local social challenge? Did their solution address not only immediate needs but also the root causes of the issues they were tackling?

Sustainability: Did the nominee help create relationships that will last beyond the current collaborative program? Could this model be utilized to solve other community challenges? Will their current program be continued beyond their involvement?

4) Senior Corps Community Impact Award

This award recognizes a Foster Grandparent, RSVP, or Senior Companion (programs funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service). The Senior Corps volunteer has demonstrated community impact by recruiting and/or managing significant numbers of volunteers for on-going or incident specific service such as emergency response; or has exhibited extraordinary commitment to children and young people with exceptional needs; or has contributed significantly to assisting adults in maintaining their independence.

Performance: Does the nominee’s work focus on the organization’s or the individual’s long- and short-term needs? Have they involved other members of the community in their work? Can they quantify their success?

5) AmeriCorps “Make a Difference” Award

This award recognizes the exemplary achievement of an AmeriCorps member currently serving the State of Texas in any of the following categories: AmeriCorps VISTA; AmeriCorps*Texas; AmeriCorps National; or National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC.) The AmeriCorps member has achieved extraordinary impact in his or her community by helping to ensure the sustainability of a program or a nonprofit organization by building service capacity, or by improving lives through direct service.­

Performance: Does the nominee’s work focus on the organization’s long- and short-term needs? Have they involved other members of the community in their work? Can they quantify their success?

Sustainability: Can the program, initiative or recipients of service impacted by the nominee continue benefitting beyond the nominee’s involvement? Can the program, initiative or methodology be replicated elsewhere?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143005

Number of Grants:


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals, groups and organizations in Texas are eligible for nomination.

Pre-Application Information:

Begin the online nomination process here:

For all awards, required documents include:
-One-page narrative that describes why the nominee is being nominated for the award (Word or PDF format).
-Two letters of support that describe why the nominee should receive this award.
-Two separate individuals must each provide a letter of support describing why the nominee should receive this award. (letters must be from individuals other than the nominee or nominator).
-Two photos that best express the nominee's volunteer service.

Winners and award finalists will be notified of their nomination status in writing or by phone no later than August 1, 2014.

Awardees will be honored on September 17, 2014, at a private dinner with OneStar Foundation board members and other dignitaries. In addition, awardees will be honored during the plenary session Thursday morning, September 18, at the Texas non-profit Summit with an expected audience of 1,000 non-profit leaders.

Contact Information:

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

Any questions related to the Governor’s Volunteer Awards should be directed to or 512.287.2035.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit Charitable Organizations to Impact Public Policy in a Var...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga

GrantWatch ID#: 125864

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Programs that Enhance the Quality of Life in Eligibl...

Deadline 09/30/21

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations in multiple states and provinces to improve the quality of life in eligible regions. Funding is intended to address priority areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; workforce development; civic and cultural growth; hum

GrantWatch ID#: 129040

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Government Organizations to Benefit Residents and Advance Equ...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to Texas nonprofit and government organizations in eligible counties to enhance the local quality of life and advance equal opportunity. Grants are awarded for general operating support, project support, research, capacity building, capital improvement, public po

GrantWatch ID#: 129303

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 10/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies for Short-Term and Emergency Needs

Deadline 10/08/21

Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations and governmental entities in eligible locations for urgent and short-term needs. Eligible uses of funds include unexpected budgetary expenses, equipment, capital improvements, training or education including travel expenses, and p

GrantWatch ID#: 132457

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Areas for Programs that Benefit Local Res...

Deadline 11/12/21

Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for programs and projects that benefit communities in eligible locations. Funding is primarily intended to support activities within the focus areas of education, health, environment, medical-related proj

GrantWatch ID#: 132667

Grants to USA and International Nonprofits, Agencies, and For-Profits to Benefit Families, Ch...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and International nonprofit organizations, for-profit entities, and agencies for initiatives to benefit families, children, and communities. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Focus areas include equitable communi

GrantWatch ID#: 133552