Safety Net Funding Cycle

Grants are awarded quarterly.

Full applications are accepted throughout the year and applicant agencies must be providing critically needed services in Dallas County.  Additionally, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit organizations that are facing a short-term financial shortfall affecting their capacity to provide critically needed services.
  • Shortfalls must have a direct link to recent economic downturn, either through increased demand for services, decreased revenues and contributions, or both. 
  • Applicants must be nonprofit organizations in overall good health with a proven track record, and they must be able to show a measurable impact in meeting the critical needs of people in Dallas County. 
  • Critical needs are defined as those related to hunger, shelter, clothing, safety or health.
  • Priority will be given to those organizations who demonstrate the ability to maximize grant dollars in terms of the number of people served.

Samples of emergency need scenarios include:

  • A Dallas agency offering comprehensive social services, including food provisions, reports a 110% increase in the number of individuals receiving food between February and September of 2008.  In addition to this significant increase in demand, the organization’s 2009 budget anticipates a 10% decline in individual donations.
  • A domestic violence shelter has had an 8% increase in requests for help. The agency turned away 376 people in 2008 because of lack of funds.

Within the funding parameters above, funding can be used for the following:

  • Program costs
  • Salaries of full-time or part-time employees
  • Occupancy costs
  • Other needs related directly to maintaining operations or meeting clients’ critical needs

Safety Net Fund grants may not be used to pay for conferences and meetings, event underwriting, bonuses or other discretionary expenditures.

The Dallas Foundation has established an Advisory Committee composed of Dallas Foundation Governors, staff, donors, and outside volunteers. 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be sent at any time.
Requests are reviewed quarterly.

The Safety Net Fund will consider funding existing and/or new programs or services and capital requests, through single-year grants. No minimum or maximum grant amount has been specified.

Safety Net Fund - Application (DOC, 148KB)

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