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Grants to Texas Nonprofits to Benefit Local Residents

Community Impact Fund


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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas: Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Real, and Uvalde counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/22/23 12:00 Noon Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations to benefit local residents in eligible counties. Areas of focus include arts and culture, youth development, basic needs, and the environment. Eligible applicants are located in or provide services to residents in Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Real, or Uvalde counties.

The Fund invests in four areas: 

  • Arts & Culture: In 2023, 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, public art, and visual arts. Additionally, organizations that promote and/or preserve the Hill Country’s history and culture will be considered.
  • Basic Needs: In 2023, the Community Impact Fund will support basic needs by funding organizations and programs that address hunger, poverty, literacy, neglect, family violence, lack of access to basic medical care, homelessness, the needs of seniors and veterans, the needs of those with disabilities or chronic illness, and animal welfare.
  • Environment: In 2023, 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, recycling and repurposing, and maintaining dark skies are all priorities that will be considered.
  • Youth Development: In 2023, 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.

For information regarding evaluation criteria, see the Full Grant Text RFP link. 

The Foundation considers funding for both general operating support and program support:

  • 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. Funds can be used for any element of the program’s budget.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must:
• Be located in or providing services to residents in Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Real, or Uvalde counties.
• Be classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by the Internal Revenue Service.
• Have a minimum of 12 months of operating history after 501(c)(3) determination.
• Demonstrate that 100% of the applicant organization’s Board of Directors have given to the applicant organization during the last completed fiscal year. Giving is defined as a personal cash donation or financially measurable in-kind contribution.
• Have filed grant evaluation reports for previously awarded Community Impact Fund grants.
• Present required financial statements, determined by an applicant organization’s annual operating budget:
- Budgets under $250,000 - most recently completed fiscal year’s financial statements
- Budgets between $250,000 and $749,999 – recently reviewed financial statements issued by a CPA
- Budgets $750,000 and above – recently audited financial statements issued by a CPA

The Community Foundation defines “recently” as being within the last 24 months.

Religious congregations may apply if they can demonstrate the program (a) fits within one of the focus areas and (b) does not require religious belief or participation as a condition for receiving services or participating in the programmatic offering.

Community Impact Fund grants do not support the following:
- Capital campaigns
- Building endowments or reserve funds
- Membership drives
- Special events, fundraising events, or sponsorships
- Retroactive funding, as in, activities that are completed prior to when funding becomes available
- 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
- Scholarships
- Tuition assistance

Pre-Application Information
Online applications for the Community Impact Fund are available on the Community Foundation’s website as of Monday, May 1st, 2023 . Completed applications and supporting documents are due at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, June 22nd, 2023. Grant application deadlines are absolute – applications received after the deadline will not be considered.



Eligibility Quiz:

Estimated Size of Grant
Requests should not exceed more than $15,000.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

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

Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
241 Earl Garrett Street
Kerrville, Texas 78028
(830) 896-8811

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