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The Priddy Foundation Grants

Grants to Texas and Oklahoma Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs,
and Hospitals for Arts, Education, and Human Services

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Priddy Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/31/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Texas and Oklahoma nonprofits, schools, universities, and hospitals to benefit communities within the Funding Source’s service area. LOIs are due August 1, 2018. Program areas include education, the arts, health, civic, youth, and human services. The Foundation seeks to support programs that provide significant potential for community improvement and individual development.

Within the categories listed above, the Foundation makes the following types of grants:

- Program Grants
The Priddy Foundation has significant interest in requests which create or expand program services. Program requests should deal effectively with identified problems and opportunities. In most cases, programs should be sustainable beyond the grant period and realistically match the requesting organization’s mission and capacity. Organizations should be able to evaluate results against defined standards of measurement.

- Operating Grants
The Priddy Foundation considers general operating requests, but is wary of fostering annual budget dependency. Operating grants typically require a grantee organization to present a practicable plan to achieve self-sufficiency and may require the organization to enter into a formal consulting arrangement with a Nonprofit Management Service Organization (MSO) to improve organizational capacity.

- Capital Grants
The Priddy Foundation considers capital projects for buildings and major items of equipment. Approval is more likely if the project has existing, broad support from organizations and individuals. Rarely will The Priddy Foundation’s contribution exceed 20% of the total project budget; often it will be much less. Organizations must attain their project fundraising goal and document that raised funds are sufficient to complete the project as presented in the grant application before a capital grant is funded.

- Organizational Development Support Grants:
The Priddy Foundation has an interest in increasing the capacity of an organization to serve more effectively in a complex and changing world. Requests for leadership development or capacity of board and staff, planning initiatives, technical assistance, and technology enhancements are considered. Organizational development grants must include a comprehensive plan supported by the organization’s board, outside professional assistance, if appropriate, and linkage between the leadership development plan and the ability of the organization to achieve and sustain its mission more effectively.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177042

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Before an application is considered, documentation of an exempt classification is required as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Additionally, the applicant must be considered "not a private foundation" within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code. The Foundation neither lends nor grants money to individuals.

Additionally, the Foundation makes grants to schools, universities, hospitals and, on a limited basis, municipalities.

The Foundation considers grant applications from the following counties:
- Texas: Archer, Baylor, Childress, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, King, Knox, Montague, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young
- Oklahoma: Comanche, Cotton, Jackson, Jefferson, Stephens, and Tillman

Typically organizations applying to The Priddy Foundation must have offices located within the designated service area. There are limited exceptions. Please call the Foundation office for more information.

The Priddy Foundation does not typically make grants for the following purposes:
- Basic or applied research
- Charities operated by service clubs
- Conferences or other educational events except through an organizational development grant
- Debt retirement
- Endowments
- Fundraising programs and events
- Grants that impose expenditure responsibility on the Foundation
- Grants that would obligate the foundation to future funding
- Grants to individuals, including individual scholarship awards
- Individual public schools (PreK-12)
- Marketing productions or publications
- Organizations that make grants to others
- Operating deficits
- Previously supported capital projects
- Religious institutions except for non-sectarian, human service programs offered on a non-discriminatory basis
- School trips
- Start-up funding for new organizations
- Volunteer fire departments (requests are supported through a fund established at the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation)

Pre-Application Information:

Qualifying organizations should submit a Letter of Intent, or LOI, (accessed through the website) based on the following grant schedule:

Spring Grant Cycle:
- Deadline for Preliminary Application: February 1
- Deadline for Formal Grant Application: March 1
- Notice of Award: mid-June

Fall Grant Cycle:
- Deadline for Preliminary Application: August 1
- Deadline for Formal Grant Application: September 1
- Notice of Award: mid-December

Please note: If the LOI or formal application deadline date falls on a weekend or a holiday, organizations must submit their application electronically by 5:00 PM on the previous business day. The Fall 2018 deadline will therefore be moved to August 31.

It is highly recommended that organizations with a fiscal year ending within ONE month of the grant deadline (March 1 or September 1) delay their request until the next cycle.

The foundation board meets in May and November to consider grant requests.

Several steps are necessary prior to a board decision on funding. Following an organization’s review of the Foundation’s guidelines and requirements for appropriateness of the request, the following process occurs:
- Online submission of the Letter of Intent (LOI)
- Organization is approved or declined to proceed to the full Formal Application
- Approved organizations are invited to attend the Grant Seekers Workshop
- Organizations complete and submit the Formal Application by the deadline
- A site visit is scheduled between the Foundation board/staff and applicant organization leadership
- Organization receives notification of grant award/decline


Contact Information:

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

Online LOI:

Pat Myers, Office Administrator
P: 940.723.8720
F: 940.723.8656

The Priddy Foundation
807 Eighth Street, Suite 1010
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oklahoma: Comanche, Cotton, Jackson, Jefferson, Stephens, and Tillman counties;   Texas: Archer, Baylor, Childress, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, King, Knox, Montague, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties