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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 the application for funding will be open until Friday, September 10. 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.

The Community Impact Fund grant cycle is open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 10th. To apply, please visit the “How to Apply” section at the bottom of this page.

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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

To apply for a grant, you must start by creating an account through The Dallas Foundation’s new online portal. (If you have an account but can’t remember your password, please use the “Reset Password” option on the home page of the portal.)

If you have not already created an account, please click this link to reach the online portal. Once you arrive at the Sign In page, click “Register” to create a new account. Grant seekers should only select the “Grant Applicant” role. If more than one person at your organization is responsible for applying for grants and you are their supervisor, you may also want to request the “Organization Admin” role.

Once your account is approved and you are signed into the system, please navigate to the Available Grants section in the Grant Applicant navigation menu to locate the grant(s) for which you’d like to apply.

Please note, our staff personally reviews each request for access to the grant section of our portal. Since the response is not automated, typically you will receive approval to access the portal within 24 hours.

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

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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.