Foundation / Corporation
The George Foundation
Grants of up to $25,000 and greater than $25,000 to Fort Bend County, Texas nonprofits for programs that focus on human needs, health, education, and community enhancement, as well as for programming at George Ranch Historical Park. Applicants must submit an LOI for grant requests of more than $25,000.
Funding will be provided for general operating, program, and project support. Capital Project Grants are awarded on a very selective basis, with an emphasis on projects that strongly align with the Foundation’s grants strategy and demonstrate a compelling opportunity to directly and deeply impact Fort Bend County residents.
Funding will be provided for critical services and opportunities in the following funding areas:
- Education: The George Foundation funds education initiatives focusing on career readiness, dropout prevention, early childhood education, high performing public education models, K-12 public education, literacy, and parenting education. Priority areas of funding for Education include career readiness, early childhood education, and high performing public education models.
- Human Needs: Funding will be provided for programs focusing on abuse/neglect prevention and intervention, basic needs, homeless/housing assistance, law/legal, senior services, services to special populations and youth development.
- Health: Funding will be provided for programs focusing on addiction prevention and intervention, healthcare for the indigent and uninsured, medical construction, mental health, services to special populations. Priority areas of funding for Health include healthcare for the indigent and uninsured and mental health.
- Community Enhancement: Funding will be provided for efforts that enrich the tapestry of Fort Bend County, such as those focusing on civic engagement and volunteerism, libraries and museums, parks and recreation, and performing, visual, and cultural arts.
- George Ranch Historical Park: The Foundation provides grants to the Fort Bend County Museum Association to provide educational and community programming at the park.
In addition to funding the above issue areas, the Foundation supports certain special initiatives and endowments initiated by the trustees in response to compelling community needs.
The Foundation seeks to leverage support to the local community by encouraging collaborative partnerships that bring together multiple resources to address community needs. The Foundation also strives to invest in organizations and programs that have a demonstrable impact on the community.
To that end, applications are evaluated to determine whether the request demonstrates:
- A focus on meeting a critical need in Fort Bend County
- A strong alignment with the Foundation’s grant strategy
- The organization has leadership and staff in place to effectively implement the proposed activities
- The organization has sufficient resources, financial and otherwise, to ensure the activities can be implemented as proposed
- A clear evaluation plan which includes measurable outcomes that can be tracked and reported.
The George Foundation also provides a variety of scholarships to individual students at secondary schools and universities:
- The George Foundation High School Scholarship Program: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/scholarships/high-school-scholarships
- The George Foundation Higher Education Scholarship Program: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/scholarships/higher-education-scholarships
- The University of Houston Sugar Land Nursing Scholarship Program: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/scholarships/nursing-scholarships
- The University of Houston Bilingual Social Work Scholarship Program: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/scholarships/social-work-scholarships
- Various Endowed Scholarships at universities throughout Texas: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/scholarships/endowed-scholarships
GrantWatch ID#: 178898
The Small Grant Application is available to organizations applying for a grant of $25,000 or less.
The Operating and Program/Project Applications are available to organizations applying for a grant of an amount greater than $25,000.
The Small Grant Application is available to organizations applying for a single-year grant.
Basic Eligibility - To be eligible to apply, an organization must:
- Be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) and further classified as a public charity under section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be tax exempt under section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Provide programs or services that benefit Fort Bend County residents in Texas
- Meet the Foundation’s funding issue areas
- Demonstrate the proposed activities are in response to a documented community need
- Be in compliance with the Foundation on all previous grants
Ineligible Applications - The George Foundation does not typically accept applications from the following:
- Organizations that do not have a current Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) determination letter or equivalent
- Organizations that do not specifically provide programs or services that benefit Fort Bend County residents
- Churches or other organized religious bodies
- Re-granting organizations, i.e. organizations that distribute money to recipients of its own selection
- Religious or private schools
- Individual K-12 public schools
- Fraternal organizations
- Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation in policy or in practice.
The George Foundation does not typically accept applications for the following types of requests:
- Direct mail campaigns
- Loans or debt reduction
- Research or studies
- Regional, national or international programming
- Development of films, videos, books or other media projects
- Purchase of special event tickets, tables or advertisements
- Sponsorships for events, workshops, fairs, festivals, etc.
- Travel or fees for conferences, seminars, conventions, performances, or competitions
- Grants that impose expenditure responsibility on the Foundation
- Political interests of any kind.
- Grant Strategy: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/grants/grants-at-a-glance/#grants-strategy
- FAQs: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/grants/grants-at-a-glance/faq
- Eligibility Criteria: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/grants/grants-at-a-glance/#grant-eligibility
- Grants Process: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/grants/grants-at-a-glance/#grant-process
- How to Apply: http://www.thegeorgefoundation.org/grants/grants-at-a-glance/#apply
- Application Video Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etScRJXC2bE
- Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application tutorial document.
Letter of Inquiry Stage:
- Most organizations must complete an LOI as a required first step in the application process.
- Please note that a Letter of Inquiry is not required for requests of $25,000 or less. In this case, the organization is eligible to apply through the Small Grant Application below.
- Once your LOI is submitted, you will receive a confirmation of receipt via email. After the LOI has been reviewed by the Foundation, the organization will be notified via email on whether a full application is invited or declined. If a full application is invited, organizations should be prepared to submit the application within 3-months from the date of the LOI approval.
- LOI Deadlines: There are no deadlines for submission of Letters of Inquiry (LOI), as they are received and reviewed throughout the year.
Organizations seeking a grant of $25,000 or less are not required to submit an LOI and may go directly to the small grant application.
Small Grant Application:
- The Small Grant Application is available to organizations applying for a single-year grant of $25,000 or less.
- The Small Grant Application process that serves to increase access to the Foundation for small and developing groups and to help strengthen their capacity. The Small Grant process is not only an option for small organizations but may also be used by larger organizations that may only need to request a small grant to carry out critical programs.
Operating and Program/Project Grant Application:
- The Operating and Program/Project Applications are available to organizations applying for a grant of an amount greater than $25,000.
- A Letter of Inquiry is the first step in the process for submitting an Operating or Program/Project Grant Application.
- Applicants must meet the Foundation’s funding strategy and eligibility criteria.
- Applicants must adhere to the quarterly application deadlines listed below.
Quarterly deadlines for submission of applications are:
January 15 - for review February-April
April 15 - for review May-July
July 15 - for review August-October
October 15 - for review November-January
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online grants portal for submission of LOIs and applications:
Grant staff is always open to assisting applicants with questions regarding the grantmaking process. Please contact email@example.com or 281-342-6109.
The George Foundation
215 Morton Street
Richmond, TX 77469
310 Morton Street, PMB Suite C
Richmond, TX 77469
USA: Texas: Fort Bend County