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Here for Good.

Through our Community Impact Fund, The Dallas Foundation focuses on driving meaningful results for children and families. Building on our legacy of nurturing early childhood programs, our strategic priorities have evolved to include investments in the ages of birth to three that ensure a strong and healthy start, as well as programs that address advancing racial equity and inclusion.

Field of Interest Funds are endowed funds that can be customized to align with a donor’s interest in a specific cause. They are then entrusted to the Foundation to award grants that both meet the purpose of the fund and make an impact in our community. Field of Interest Funds cover a range of issues, including the arts, critical needs, low-income clients, and animal welfare.

The Dallas Foundation generally offers two funding cycles each year.

Community Impact Fund

The Dallas Foundation's Community Impact Fund serves as our general endowment and supports a variety of causes for the betterment of our community. The Community Impact Funding cycle occurs each fall and is now closed. To align with the Foundation's strategic priorities and the needs of Dallas, the 2021 funding cycle will focus on::

Grant applications focused on providing access to quality childcare in under-served communities; evidence-based home visitation programs, prenatal to age three in under-served communities; and policy/advocacy work in the prenatal to three space.

Projects or initiatives that provide temporary and permanent solutions for family housing and homelessness issues.

Grant applications focused on programs and services that address prevalent mental health issues at the earliest stages in life.

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Field of Interest Funds

Established by donors to support the issues area(s) they care most about, Field of Interest Funds are managed and disbursed by The Dallas Foundation to meet the community’s current needs within these areas. The Field of Interest Funding Cycle occurs each spring.

Animal Welfare

Promotes the health and welfare of companion animals, including prevention of cruelty to animals; provision of veterinary care to animals whose owners cannot otherwise pay for their care; funding of spay and neuter programs; support of feral cat protection projects; creation and operation of sanctuaries for companion animals; promotion of responsible pet ownership; support of animal shelters; and promotion of the adoption of stray and unwanted animals; $264,000 available to grant annually.

To assist animals; $750 available to grant annually.

Promotes animal welfare and wildlife conservation and protection; $1,000 available to grant annually.


Supports the arts in Dallas County. Grants from this fund tend to be for the performing and visual arts to honor the spirit of Mr. Adoue’s gift. Grants for arts education are typically not considered. $155,000 available to grant annually.

Children and Families

Assists low-income older adults or disabled, abused, neglected, or economically disadvantaged children; $260,000 available to grant annually.

Assists abused children in Collin County (Nonprofit agencies applying for funds must be located in and serving Collin County); $5,000 available to grant annually.

Assists children in need and older adults; $25,000 available to grant annually.

Assists disabled, blind, deaf, or economically disadvantaged children; $23,000 available to grant annually.

Assists children and adult victims of domestic violence; $59,000 available to grant annually.

Assists with the education of mentally handicapped and developmentally disabled children, to enable them to lead productive lives; $59,000 available to grant annually.

Assists low-income children who are suffering from debilitating diseases such as diabetes or cancer; $80,000 available to grant annually.

To assist African American citizens; $15,000 available to grant annually.

Critical Needs

Helps provide basic necessities of life, including food, clothing, emergency and transitional shelter, and medical care, to persons, particularly families, who are low-income, indigent, homeless, or ill. $266,000 available to grant annually.

Helps faith-based organizations providing assistance to disadvantaged children with food, clothing, shelter, or healthcare needs; $7,000 available to grant annually.


Assists agencies that provide medical care and supportive programs for low-income persons with breast cancer; $59,000 available to grant annually.

For the research and cure of Parkinson’s disease; $8,500 available to grant annually.

How to Apply for a Grant

The Dallas Foundation is not accepting grant applications at this time. Our spring Field of Interest Funds grant cycle will open in early 2022. Please check back at that time for more information.

If you are interested in applying for a grant from AWARE Dallas, please visit their website for more information.

If you have questions about the grants process, please email Brittani Trusty, Director of Community Impact.

Grant Restrictions

Funds are generally not available for:

Annual Fund campaigns, underwriting of fundraising events, and marketing campaigns

Religious purposes (although we do support educational and social service programs offered by faith-based organizations)

Programs or services that do not serve Dallas County residents



Non-discrimination Statement

The Dallas Foundation (the “Foundation”) is an equal opportunity provider and funder of services and respects, celebrates, and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is the policy of the Foundation to support organizations, projects and programs that do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, physical or mental disability of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in a uniformed service, engaging in legally protected activity, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

The Foundation encourages its grantee and partner organizations to adhere to these principles. The Foundation does not knowingly award grants to organizations that discriminate in their hiring, those they accept as volunteers, or the clients they serve.