The Simmons Foundation Grant - Human Services

Grants to Greater Houston, Texas Nonprofits for
Homelessness, Domestic Violence, Advocacy, and Re-Entry

GrantWatch ID#: 178793
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Simmons Foundation



10/13/17 5:00 PM CT

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Grants to Greater Houston Area, Texas nonprofit organizations for human services programming that enables adults to build healthy lives and start over. The mandatory information session is scheduled for August 29. LOIs are due September 15. Funding is available for program or operating support.

The Foundation will pay particular attention to organizations and proposals that show collaboration within the community and focus on utilizing best practices toward a goal of long-term sustainability.

The Foundation is particularly focused on supporting advocacy from the ground up – empowering both organizations and individuals to advocate for the issues impacting their community. The Foundation is particularly interested in trauma-informed interventions that are client-centered.

Program Areas:

-Advocacy related to root causes and systemic barriers: Efforts to support and complement the Foundation’s Human Services field of interest.

-Homelessness: Prevention and intervention aligned to systems change work

-Domestic Violence: Education and outreach, survivor-centered care, and ending violence in all relationships

-Re-Entry: Restorative justice and supportive services

Multi-year grants are available.


-Organizations applying for funds must be tax-exempt under sections 501 (c)(3) or 170 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity under section 509 (a) of the Code;
-Organizations must be located in and around the greater Houston area or in pre-selected cities;
-Organizations and agencies may request funds only once during a calendar year;
-Organizations must demonstrate direct impact on at least one of the Foundation's areas of focus;
-Organizations that have been previously funded must submit a final grant report before receiving additional funds; and
-Organizations receiving multi-year grants may not request additional funds until the grant has been paid in full and a final grant report has been submitted (exceptional circumstances will be taken into account).

The Foundation does not provide support for capital campaigns or endowments. Funding for capacity building may be awarded as part of an operating or program request.

General Restrictions:

-Underwriting or contributions to luncheons, galas and social fundraisers
-Requests to support candidates for political office, political parties or PACs
-Requests for individual scholarships
-International organizations
-Major arts organizations
-Grants to local, national or international organizations' annual giving or holiday campaigns
-Grants to 509 (a) (3) Type III supporting organizations
-Medical research or disease-specific organizations

The Simmons Foundation funds faith-based organizations. However, the Foundation will deny funds to organizations that require clients to participate in religious worship or practices as a condition of service. Additionally, the Foundation will not fund organizations that deny assistance, including access or comprehensive information related to family planning, contraception and abortion services, or discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Childhood immunizations: The Foundation expects primary care clinics serving children to incorporate immunizations as part of their comprehensive primary care and pediatric services.

Sexual Health: The Foundation believes that women (including LGBTQ women) should have access to comprehensive care. This includes, among other things, a full range of sexual and contraceptive education, counseling, methods, and services so that women can better avoid sexually transmitted diseases and delay or prevent pregnancy or space their pregnancies to promote optimal birth outcomes.

Nondiscrimination Policies and Practices: The Simmons Foundation is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, have equal opportunities and can contribute fully to their communities. The Foundation disapproves of discrimination by organizations against individuals based on their age, employment status, socioeconomic status, military status, religion, pregnancy status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, ethnicity and national origin.

The Simmons Foundation appropriately conforms to provisions of the USA Patriot Act.

In 2017, all applicants are *required* to attend the quarterly information session that corresponds to the category in which they are applying. The information session is an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the Foundation, our process and our current areas of interest.

The upcoming 4th Quarter Information Session is scheduled for August 29, 2017.

If your organization is headquartered outside of the Greater Houston area, you will participate in the info session remotely. Out-of-town applicants can contact Kay Davis in order to receive additional information.

Online registration for all other applicants can be accessed via the homepage 3-4 weeks before the session is scheduled to occur.

All deadlines are 5:00 PM (CT).

4th Quarter Schedule:
-August 29, 2017: Information Session
-August 29, 2017: Begin accepting Letters of Inquiry—upon approval notification, applications may be submitted at any time
-September 15, 2017: LOI deadline
-October 13, 2017: Application deadline
-December 2017: Winter Board meeting

Eligibility,Criteria and Restrictions:

Grant Calendar:


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

Apply Online:

Kay Davis

The Simmons Foundation
109 N. Post Oak Lane, Suite #220
Houston, TX 77024

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