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Here for Good.

The Dallas Foundation typically hosts three grant cycles per year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

The Spring Grant Cycle includes disbursements from endowed funds customized to align with a donor’s interest in a specific cause. They are entrusted to the Foundation to award grants that both meet the purpose of the fund and make an impact in our community. These Field of Interest Funds cover a range of issues, including animal welfare, the arts, domestic violence, and health.

Through our Summer Grant Cycle, The Dallas Foundation deploys resources from our Community Impact Fund and a select number of Field of Interest Funds that align with our strategic priorities, which focus 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 ensure community and economic resiliency.

The Fall Grant Cycle, listed first below, is dedicated to disbursements from the Racial Equity Fund of The Dallas Foundation, which seeks to address the ongoing disparities that directly impact Dallas’ Black and Hispanic residents. Grant investments focus on innovative and data-informed areas, including housing and neighborhood infrastructure; economic empowerment; workforce development; education; criminal justice; civic participation; and health.

Access TDF's Online Grant Portal

Grant Funding Cycle

Fall Grant Cycle

The Dallas Foundation (TDF) and Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) are excited to announce our partnership to launch a common equity grant application for nonprofits focused on accelerating equity in communities that have been historically and systematically disenfranchised. Specifically, our two foundations seek to partner with organizations whose work is rooted in equity, community building, and programming delivered with a culturally responsive lens.

The Fall Grant Cycle common equity grant application period is now closed. Final grant decisions will be announced in mid-April 2024.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions about the 2023-24 grant cycle is available here.

If you have questions about the process, please contact Brittani Trusty, Senior Director of Community Impact at The Dallas Foundation.

The Dallas Foundation’s Racial Equity Fund was established to help advance equity for Dallas’ BIPOC residents by strategically and purposefully directing philanthropic dollars to support nonprofit organizations that combat systemic inequities. Grants from The Dallas Foundation will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working in Dallas County within the areas of:

  • Housing and neighborhood infrastructure
  • Economic empowerment
  • Workforce development
  • Education
  • Criminal justice
  • Civic participation
  • Health

The 2022 Funding Cycle received 258 applications, and our team awarded 25 grants totaling $2.5 million. To see the list of 2022 grant recipients, click here.

2023 Equity Grant Application Webinar

On December 6, The Dallas Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas hosted a webinar to provide an overview of our common grant application process. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) is also available here.

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Spring Grant Cycle

The Dallas Foundation’s Spring Grant Cycle focuses on a limited number of interest areas as determined by the donors who established the granting funds. These funds are managed and disbursed by The Dallas Foundation to meet the community’s current needs within the areas below.

The 2024 Spring Grant Cycle is no longer accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs).

Organizations selected to move forward in this funding cycle will be notified in mid-March with full grant applications due Monday, April 1. Final grant decisions will be made in early June following The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors meeting.

To see the list of 2023 grant recipients, click here.

Grant Funding Cycle

Summer Grant Cycle

The Dallas Foundation's Summer Grant Cycle will focus on organizations that provide a Strong & Healthy Start and those that focus on Community & Economic Resilience. The Summer Grant Cycle includes disbursements from the Community Impact Fund as well as a limited number of donor-directed funds.

The Summer Grant Cycle will begin accepting LOIs on Wednesday, May 1 through close of business on Friday, May 31, 2024.

Those selected to move forward will be notified in late June, with a full application due by close of business on Friday, July 12, 2024. Final grant decisions will be made in late September following the fall Board of Governors meeting.

Funding will be considered for projects and initiatives that are specifically focused on the following areas:

  • Prenatal to Age 3 Care
  • Family Homelessness
  • Child & Youth Mental Health

Funding will be considered for projects and initiatives that are specifically focused on the following areas:

  • Education
  • Economic empowerment
  • Workforce development
  • Housing and neighborhood infrastructure

How to Apply for a Grant

The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry (LOIs) and grant applications through our online portal. To access an existing account or create a new account, please click on the link below. Once logged in, available LOI’s and grant applications are accessible by clicking on the “Apply” button.

Questions? Please contact Brittani Trusty, Director of Community Impact, at btrusty@dallasfoundation.org.

 

Access TDF's Online Grant Portal

Grant Restrictions

Funds are generally not available for:

Programs or services that do not serve Dallas County residents

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)

Endowments

Individuals

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.

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