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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Programs that Benefit Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation (HF)

Deadline Date:

10/24/20 12:00 Noon


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Texas nonprofit and faith-based organizations, agencies, schools, and IHEs in eligible locations to improve the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended to support smaller or all-volunteer nonprofits. Eligible projects and programs benefit communities in the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168845

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests between $2,500 to $20,000

Term of Contract:

The Board is less likely to accept requests for multi-year funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, the applicant organization must:
1. Hold a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. This includes a traditional nonprofit agency that has current 501(c)(3) status; a recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency that is requesting funds exclusively for public charitable purposes; a K-12 public school, community/junior college, state college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large. Individuals are not eligible applicants.
2. Use grant funds within and for the benefit of the residents and communities of the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle. Please note that the Board is less likely to grant funds to organizations located outside the Panhandle (even though the project may benefit Panhandle residents and communities).
3. Adhere to the financial requirements as detailed on the URL for RFP (see Financial Chart on URL for Full Text, below).

The Board does not grant funds to the following types of projects:
- Projects that serve communities or residents that are located outside the top twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle.
- Religious activities or programs that serve or appear to serve specific religious groups or denominations.
- Parochial or private schools primarily funded through student tuition.
- Direct political lobbying or legislative activities (except if lobbying aligns with core purpose of the Foundation).
- Debt retirement or deficit financing.
- Projects already completed.
- Fundraising activities and events

Additionally, the Board will not consider:
- A proposal from an organization within twelve months of the last proposal.
- If funded, a proposal from an organization within twelve months of the date of the last grant payment.
- A proposal that has been previously declined by the Board (unless there has been a significant change).
- A proposal from an organization that has not fulfilled reporting requirements of a previous grant.
- A proposal for additional funding for a project that has been previously funded by the Foundation.
- A proposal for the same program within a three-year period.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff to arrange an discuss the potential request or with any questions.

Applications are due at 12:00 noon on the following dates:
- June 26, 2020
- October 24, 2020

Proposal deadlines:

Application information:


Contact Information:

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

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Grants Team:

Amarillo Area Foundation
801 S. Fillmore, Suite 700
Amarillo, Texas 79101

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Texas: 26 Northernmost Counties of the Texas Panhandle

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