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Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF) Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Schools, and Municipalities
for Community Benefit Programs in the Coastal Bend

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF)

Deadline Date:

06/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities for a wide range of community benefit activities in the Coastal Bend region. Focus areas include arts, culture, environment, families, children, health, education, public good, and human services.

Grants are awarded for new projects and the continuation of existing projects where there is compelling, documented impact and the project is compatible with the nonprofit’s mission. Requests may include existing personnel, equipment, supplies, and other expenses essential to the project.

CBCF awards annual grants from funds that support the following:
- Intellectually disabled
- Children’s programs
- Cultural activities
- Dogs and humane societies
- Historic and ecological preservation projects
- The elderly

As a community foundation, CBCF awards grants in many focus areas that benefit all citizens of the Coastal Bend:
- Arts and Culture- including performing arts/music programs, museum exhibits/classes
- Education – including library services, GED and adult literacy, youth programs
- Environment – including animal welfare, park improvements, conservation
- Families and Children – including family, youth, and elderly programs
- Health – including medical and patient services programs, diabetes programs
- Human Services – including counseling, drug programs, food pantries, and shelters
- Public Good – including disaster relief, housing, and community development

Within the funded areas, high funding priorities include:
- Programs that measurably raise the quality of life in the Coastal Bend
- Disadvantaged youth, elderly and families
- Education and job creation projects that bring people out of poverty
- Projects that are not easily accomplished without Foundation funding
- Projects that result in increased funding from additional sources

Low funding priorities include:
- Start-up funding for new organizations
- Publications, videos, etc.
- Projects that stray from the nonprofit’s mission

Factors that increase funding chances:
- Practical solutions to community problems
- Leveraging of additional resources
- Collaborative efforts that decrease duplications of service
- Strength and sustainability of both the nonprofit and the program

CBCF awards grants for general operations where the nonprofit’s “program” is its operation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181577

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grant awards are between $5-10,000. Awards are based on the stated need and the footprint/impact of the project. As requests for funding always exceed funds available, there is no guarantee of funding and grant awards frequently provide partial (as opposed to full) funding of requests.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed by September 30 of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) organizations are eligible. Also, government and school entities applying for projects outside of their basic/core services are eligible. Regardless of the location of the organization, services must be performed in CBCF’s seven county service area of Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties.

BCF is not likely to approve applications where it is the sole funder for projects significantly exceeding the average grant size.

Please note that salary requests for new employees are generally not considered.

The following types of requests are typically denied:

- Specific requests for salary for additional staff
- Large requests where the Foundation is the sole funder
- Annual fund drives
- Underwriting/sponsorships for special fundraising events
- Academic or scientific research projects
- Religious activities of religious organizations or programs that require participation in religious activities
- Private school scholarships or projects that do not impact the community at large
- Funding for individuals, specific schools or school groups or athletic teams
- Travel or transportation expenses
- Office, playground or other equipment, unless for efficiency or safety
- Brick and mortar projects – new construction, renovations, etc.,

These are generalities and are true in most grant-making situations. However, CBCF will make exceptions when appropriate and after discussion with the applicant agency.

Pre-Application Information:

The online Annual Grant Application opens each year on May 1st and closes June 15th at 11:59 pm. There are no exceptions to the deadline.

Organizations may submit one application unless they are serving as a fiscal agent for a partnership or collaboration, in which case they may also submit an application for themselves. Colleges and universities, including their foundations, may submit a total of three applications.

Nonprofits are notified of the Board’s decision after the August meeting. In September, CBCF hosts a press conference to announce the Annual grant awards and present the grant checks. Grantees and their staff, volunteers and boards are encouraged to attend the event.

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Nonprofit Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Nicole Ross

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties