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Community Impact Fund

Grants to Central Texas Nonprofits for Youth, Arts and
Culture, Environment, and Basic Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country

Deadline Date:

06/01/18 12:00 PM


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Grants to Central Texas nonprofit organizations for programs and projects in the areas of youth development, environment, basic human needs, and arts and heritage. Eligible counties include Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Real, and Uvalde. Funds may be used for general operating support or program support.

Arts and Culture:
In 2018, the Community Impact Fund will support arts and culture by funding organizations that present, produce, or provide arts programming for the public; art forms supported can be dance, design, folk arts, literature, media arts, music, opera, performance arts, theatre, and visual arts. Additionally, organizations that promote and/or preserve the region’s history and culture will be considered.

Basic Human Needs:
In 2018, the Community Impact Fund will support basic human needs by funding organizations and programs that address hunger, poverty, family violence, the needs of seniors, and lack of access to basic medical care.

In 2018, the Community Impact Fund will support the environment by funding organizations and programs that address environmental stewardship and/or education. Nature education, energy and water conservation, land stewardship, wildlife protection, and maintaining dark skies are all priorities that will be considered.

Youth Development:
In 2018, the Community Impact Fund will support the next generation by funding organizations and programs that work with children and youth, from birth through age 21.

General operating support is unrestricted funding. Organizations may use the funds for administrative purposes, to meet monthly obligations, to support programming, pay salaries, or to meet other organizational needs.

Program support is funding for a specific program of an organization. The Foundation considers program support for new or existing projects and programs. Funds can be used for any element of the program’s budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154299

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding requests are not accepted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Located in or providing services to residents in Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Real, or Uvalde counties.
-Classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by the Internal Revenue Service.
-A minimum of 12 months of operating history after 501(c)(3) determination.
-Annual operating expenses greater than $35,000.
-Organizations with annual operating budgets over $400,000 must have audited financial
-statements; organizations with annual operating budgets between $35,000 and
-$399,999 must have reviewed financial statements.
-100% of Board of Directors have made a personal cash donation or made financially
-measurable in-kind contributions during the last completed fiscal year.
-Filed grant reports for previous competitive Community Foundation grants.

If a nonprofit is located outside of the service area, it may apply if it provides services within the service area. Any awarded grant to such an organization will require that funds must only be spent on activities within the service area.

Churches and other religious organizations are eligible to apply. As long as a religious congregation can demonstrate that the program (a) fits within one of the community impact areas and (b) does not require religious belief or participation as a condition for receiving services or participating in the programmatic offering, they are eligible.

The Community Foundation’s Community Impact Fund cannot support applications not within its four community impact areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, environment, and youth development. Additionally, the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund grants do not fund the following:

-Capital campaigns
-Building endowments or reserve funds
-Membership drives
-Special events or sponsorships
-Retroactive funding, as in, activities that are completed prior to when funding becomes
-Debt retirement
-Grants to individuals
-Grants for re-granting purposes
-Multi-year funding requests
-Conferences, travel, or professional development
-Medical, scientific, or academic research
-Political campaigns or religious activities

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be available on Monday, April 2, 2018, and are due no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Grant decisions are announced on or before Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Before filling out the application, download the Eligibility Quiz, Guidelines, and FAQs in Supporting Documents below. Also, please email or call the Foundation or schedule a pre-application meeting with a Foundation staff member, who’s eager to discuss ideas and programs and help determine what meets the Community Impact Fund’s criteria.

For general operating support requests, organizations must submit a current strategic plan that covers two or more years of operating. Requests can be no more than 10% of the organization’s last completed fiscal year’s expenses. For program support requests, organizations must submit a program or project budget. Requests can be no more than 80% of the program or project budget.

Contact Information:

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

For questions, contact:
Ingrid Cunyus, Grants and Scholarships Manager

The Community Foundation
P.O. Box 291354
Kerrville, TX 78029-1354

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Real, and Uvalde counties