Q: When does the grant application process open?
Q: When does the grant application process close?
A: All grant applications must be submitted on or before July 31 of each year.
Q: When will I find out whether or not I received a grant?
A: Applicants are notified about the result of their application in September or October of each year depending upon the time necessary to review all applications.
Q: Are there any requirements to apply for a grant?
A: The grant process is open to any local 501(c)(3) nonprofit or the financially independent local branch/affiliate/chapter of any statewide, regional or national 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Q: Are there any requirements for the funds sought in a grant?
A: Any funds sought through our grant process must be used locally, which means they must be used to benefit projects, individuals, groups, and/or efforts within any of the following counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise.
Q: Are there any restrictions on the uses for the funds sought in a grant?
A: The North Texas Community Giving Foundation will not grant funds if such funds are sought for formal lobbying efforts, political campaigns, fundraising events or administrative costs (i.e., overhead). While there is not a prohibition on granting funds for capital campaigns, you should understand that the committee generally classifies capital campaigns as the lowest priority for granting North Texas Community Giving Foundation funds. That said, the status of the capital campaign, the remaining funds to be raised, and the purpose of the capital campaign all will be taken into account.
Q: Is there a limit for how much I can request in my grant application?
A: There is no dollar limit for grant requests, but applicants are reminded that the North Texas Community Giving Foundation gets many applications per year and seeks to help as many nonprofits as possible.
Q: What information am I required to provide with my grant application?
A: Applicants must submit a fully completed grant application, a copy of your nonprofit’s 501(c)(3) IRS final determination letter, a roster of your Officers and/or Board of Directors (if applicable), a detailed budget of your request or a copy of the bid/receipt for materials or services, and any other information you believe would be helpful to the Grants Committee and the Board of Trustees.
Q: How should applications be submitted?
A: Applications and supporting documentation may be submitted in paper form by mailing to the North Texas Community Giving Foundation, 8745 Gary Burns Drive, Suite 160-217, Frisco, Texas 75034 or by emailing the application and supporting documentation to [email protected]. Please remember that if you mail your application and supporting documentation, it must be mailed such that it is received on or before the application deadline.
Q: Can I still apply for a grant if you have awarded me a grant previously?
A: Yes, you can. While there are no rules regarding previous grant recipients and the ability to apply again, we try not to award grants to applicants more than two years in a row. This enables us to provide funds to many different organizations. Absent special circumstances, if you have received a grant from us for two consecutive years, we encourage you to seek funding elsewhere for at least one year and apply with us again in future years.
Q: How do you decide which grant applications to approve?
A: The North Texas Community Giving Foundation Grants Committee reviews all applications and makes preliminary determinations on which applications to approve. These determinations are presented to the full North Texas Community Giving Foundation Board of Trustees who, in turn, makes the final decision on which applications to approve. An approval or denial is made by the majority vote of the Board of Trustees.
Q: What do you take into account when reviewing grant applications?
A: We take into account the information provided in your application and your supporting documentation. Occasionally, the North Texas Community Giving Foundation Grants Committee may also review an applicant’s website, social media channels, and/or other readily available information about the applicant. While there are no specific parameters for which applications are chosen, the Grants Committee takes into account the impact of the funds on the project or effort the funds will support, the impact of the funds on the nonprofit itself, previous grants the applicant has received, the fundraising efforts of the applicant independent of the grant application, the financial condition of the applicant, the impact on the community of the project or effort the funds will support, and a host of other factors. Applicants are encouraged to be as descriptive as possible so that the Grants Committee has a full picture of the application.
Q: What if I need or want additional information?
A: If you have questions or would like additional information, you can contact us by phone at (844) 330-6833 or by email at [email protected]