Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to address a wide range of community needs. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for programs and projects within the focus areas of animal welfare, the arts, children and families, community development, critical needs, and health. Eligible organizations serve the residents of Dallas County unless otherwise noted.
Field of Interest Grants:
Louis B. and Mary Ratliff Fund: Promotes the health and welfare of companion animals, including prevention of cruelty to animals; provision of veterinary care to animals whose owners cannot otherwise pay for their care; funding of spay and neuter programs; support of feral cat protection projects; creation and operation of sanctuaries for companion animals; promotion of responsible pet ownership; support of animal shelters; and promotion of the adoption of stray and unwanted animals.
Betty Pope Fund: To assist animals
Erin Wylie Fund: Promotes animal welfare and wildlife conservation and protection
Jean Baptiste "Tad" Adoue, III Fund: Supports the arts in Dallas County. Grants from this fund tend to be for the performing and visual arts to honor the spirit of Mr. Adoue's gift.
Audacy DFW and the Arts Fund: Support for arts, entertainment, and education in Dallas County.
Annie L. Stevens Fund: Assists low-income older adults or disabled, abused, neglected, or economically disadvantaged children
Dale and Barbara Reed Fund for Abused Children: Assists abused children in Collin County. (Nonprofit agencies applying for funds must be located in and serving Collin County.)
Elizabeth T. Robinson Fund: Assists children in need and older adults.
Bertice Carter Speck Fund: Assists disabled, blind, deaf, or economically disadvantaged children.
Jalonick Family Memorial Fund-Domestic Violence: Assists children and adult victims of domestic violence.
Jalonick Family Memorial Fund-Developmentally Disabled: Assists with the education of mentally handicapped and developmentally disabled children, to enable them to lead productive lives.
Joseph and Barbara McQuillan Memorial Fund: To support social services, healthcare and education projects/programs.
Morris Hartley Morgan, Jr. Fund: Assists low-income children who are suffering from debilitating diseases such as diabetes or cancer.
Lucile W. and George R. Pattullo Fund: To assist African American citizens.
George R. Schrader Innovative Education Fund: To support innovative programs for youth and education
Cottonwood Trail Fund: Construction, improvement, and maintenance of the Cotton Trail in and around Richardson and Dallas.
Louis B. and Mary Ratliff Fund for Critical Needs: Helps provide basic necessities of life, including food, clothing, emergency, and transitional shelter and medical care, to persons, particularly families, who are low-income, indigent, homeless, or ill.
Darwin and June Hodges Fund: Helps faith-based organizations providing assistance to disadvantaged children with food, clothing, shelter, or healthcare needs.
Jalonick Family Memorial Fund-Breast Cancer: Assists agencies that provide medical care and support programs for low-income persons with breast cancer.
James D. Webb Fund: For the research and cure of Parkinson's disease.
All nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for a Field of Interest grant regardless of when they last received a grant from the Foundation. All Dallas Foundation competitively awarded grants go to agencies that serve Dallas County unless otherwise noted.
Please note, however, that if you receive a grant from a Field of Interest Fund in 2023, you will not be able to submit another grant request to The Dallas Foundation until 2024.
Jean Baptiste "Tad" Adoue, III Fund: Grants for arts education are typically not considered.
Field of Interest funds are generally not available for:
- Programs or services that do not serve Dallas County residents, unless otherwise noted
- Annual Fund campaigns, underwriting of fundraising events, and marketing campaigns
- Religious purposes (although the Foundation does support educational and social service programs offered by faith-based organizations)
- The Foundation’s Field of Interest Funds grant cycle will be accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) between Tuesday, January 17 and 5pm, Monday, March 6.
- Applicants selected to submit a full grant application will be notified in late March.
- Applicants will have three weeks to complete the application (March 27 – April 17).
- Final grant decisions will be made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in mid-June.
- Louis B. and Mary Ratliff Fund: $300,000 available annually
- Betty Pope Fund: $800 available annually
- Erin Wylie Fund: $1,000 available annually
- Jean Baptiste "Tad" Adoue, III Fund: $165,000 available annually
- Audacy DFW and the Arts Fund: $9,000 available annually
- Annie L. Stevens Fund: $265,000 available annually
- Dale and Barbara Reed Fund for Abused Children: $5,000 available annually
- Elizabeth T. Robinson Fund: $25,000 available annually
- Bertice Carter Speck Fund: $25,000 available annually
- Jalonick Family Memorial Fund-Domestic Violence: $81,000 available annually
- Jalonick Family Memorial Fund-Developmentally Disabled: $81,000 available annually
- Joseph and Barbara McQuillan Memorial Fund: $14,800 available to grant annually.
- Morris Hartley Morgan, Jr. Fund: $110,000 available annually
- Lucile W. and George R. Pattullo Fund: $15,000 available annually
- George R. Schrader Innovative Education Fund: $10,000 available to grant.
- Cottonwood Trail Fund: $16,000 available annually
- Louis B. and Mary Ratliff Fund for Critical Needs: $300,000 is available annually
- Darwin and June Hodges Fund: $7,800 is available annually
- Jalonick Family Memorial Fund-Breast Cancer: $81,000 is available annually
- James D. Webb Fund: $9,000 is available annually.