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Grants to Texas Nonprofit Organizations for Capacity Building Programs

ToolBox Grants


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas: Tarrant County

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/15/23
Deadline: 03/17/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of $10,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for capacity-building programs to better serve the community. Applicants must attend a virtual session and submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Eligible applicants are headquartered in Tarrant County.

ToolBox grants provide Tarrant County-based nonprofits with capacity building support to address fundraising and strategic planning in order to improve their strength and stability for the long run and more effectively support and uplift residents of the most vulnerable communities. These grants are intended to be one-time, transformative gifts that make a significant difference in the way the organization works. 

Eligible Funding Requests:

  • Fundraising Consulting: Assessment and planning for staff and/or board, coaching, grant writing consulting, etc.
  • Strategic Planning Consulting: Strategic plan development or updates


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofit Eligibility
• 501(c)(3) organizations headquartered in Tarrant County
• Annual operating budget of at least $50,000 and not more than $5,000,000
• Demonstrated impact serving residents experiencing poverty
• Focus on education, employment, health (physical or mental) and/or housing
• Must have a representative attend one of two virtual orientation meetings

Additional Geographic Information:

Map of eligible vulnerable communities:

Ineligible organizations:
• Organizations that received a ToolBox grant in 2022
• Organizations that have already initiated a fundraising or strategic planning engagement
• Organizations that are not designated 501(c)(3) by the IRS
• Religious organizations seeking funds to support evangelism

Ineligible Requests:
• Certificates that benefit a single staff member
• Conferences
• General operations
• Programming
• Software
• Staffing
• Outsourced grant writers (grant writing consultation should build the organization’s capacity to apply for grants independently)

Pre-Proposal Conference
January 17 Virtual orientation (2pm-3pm); click here to register:

January 19 Virtual orientation (10am-11am); click here to register:

Applicants must have a representative from their organization attend one of the orientations.

Pre-Application Information
- January 17 Virtual orientation (2pm-3pm)
- January 19 Virtual orientation (10am-11am)
- February 15 Letter of Intent deadline (5:00 PM)
- February 23 NTCF invites finalists to submit proposals
- March 17 Proposal deadline (5:00 PM)
- April 12 Decision notification
- Late-April Checks mailed

ToolBox has a two-step application process: 1) Letter of Intent and 2) Proposal. Applicants submit a Letter of Intent via the Community Foundation’s grants portal. Letters of intent will be screened and the top scoring applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Estimated Size of Grant
• Fundraising Consulting: $10,000
• Strategic Planning Consulting: $10,000-15,000

Term of Contract
Project can be accomplished by first quarter of 2024.

Contact Information
Submit an LOI Online:

For questions, contact:
Susan Van Meter, Community Impact Grants Coordinator

North Texas Community Foundation
777 Main Street
Suite 2850
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

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