Foundation / Corporation
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Grants to Waco-McLennan County, Texas nonprofit organizations for capital projects, programs, and operating expenses that contribute to the support of vulnerable populations. An LOI is required for large capital requests, programming and operating grants. All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation before submitting an application.
Applicants should apply for one of the following categories: Immediate Impact Grant, Small Capital Expense Support, Large Capital Expense Support, or Program/Operating Support.
Immediate Impact Grants of up to $5,000 can be used to provide program and/or operating support for local initiatives that are targeted towards the following populations:
- People in poverty
- People with disabilities
- Elderly individuals with limited financial means/access to resources
- Children and youth
The Capital Projects Grant Program, including Small Grants (up to $40,000) and Large Grants (starting at $40,000), has been established to support a nonprofit’s need to complete a significant capital project or acquire important capital equipment that lends to organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and mission completion. More specifically, Waco Foundation funds can be used to support:
- Building renovation and new construction.
- Equipment purchases that are directly used in the delivery of programs and/or services (e.g. kitchen equipment, security hardware, technology). Vehicle purchases of any sort are excluded from consideration. The Foundation will not fund transportation-related needs.
- Information technology and communications (ITC) hardware and software that will add to a nonprofit’s organizational efficiency, effectiveness and ability to guarantee mission completion. To be eligible for ITC support consideration, the applicant must be able to demonstrate they have:
1. Created a general operating reserve fund and have made contributions to it (and as such there is a future funding stream for ITC needs); and/or
2. Included technology and communications related costs – including maintenance and replacement - as a regular line item in their operating budget (and as such, can cover future technology costs).
Given the constant changes in information technology and the extent to which upgrades are needed as a result of such changes, the Foundation encourages nonprofits seeking IT funding assistance to consider lease agreements that allow for regular upgrades, as opposed to outright purchases.
Program/Operating support grants are provided to nonprofits or groups of nonprofits that are seeking to address systemic issues affecting the greater Waco-McLennan County community.
High Priority Areas:
Funding organizations which provide support and service to our most vulnerable residents – people in poverty, people with disabilities, the elderly, children and youth (primarily through Immediate Impact Grants).
Helping people overcome poverty permanently. Priority will be given supporting to the most focused, cost-effective methods of:
- Significantly reducing teen pregnancy
- Significantly increasing graduation rates from high school, technical school, community college and college
Supporting valuable projects that are:
- Interesting, unique and energizing; and which seek to make Waco a vibrant, inclusive and attractive community
- Considered to be critical components and high priorities of the entire community
Increasing the capacity of McLennan County’s nonprofit sector and the ability of the community-at-large, to address challenges by:
- Strengthening nonprofit sustainability
- Helping local organizations collaborate
- Increasing leadership capacity and pathways
Additionally, activities that create general awareness about problems that pose significant challenges to the community but are not receiving the community's focus or attention may be funded.
GrantWatch ID#: 181267
- Immediate Impact Grants provide up to $5,000.
- Small capital grants provide up to $40,000.
- Large capital grants start at $40,000.
The Foundation does not consider itself an annual funder and as such, typically does not provide multiyear or repeat funding for a single project/initiative. However, some projects may be invited to return with a subsequent request for funds if the Board deems it appropriate.
Waco Foundation only grants awards to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are physically located in and serve the Waco-McLennan County, Texas area.
While the priority is to fund small, grassroots/independent organizations that have limited organizational assistance with regard to revenue generation, the Foundation does recognize that due to cuts in public funding and the stipulations tied to many government dollars, institutions often lack some of the support they need to deliver creative and high impact programs/services to youth and their families. As such, some institutions may be eligible to receive funding. Please see the link to additional eligibility requirements below in Pre-Application Information.
The Foundation considers the following to be low priorities:
- Annual operating expenses of established agencies including debt reduction or retirement, deficit financing, reducing operating deficits or replenishing resources used to pay for such purposes;
- Historic preservation;
- Individuals, except through our educational scholarships;
- Local, state or national fundraising or awareness activities (including annual fund drives, benefit tickets, event sponsoring and telephone solicitations);
- Maintenance expenses or maintenance issues created due to deferred maintenance;
- Medical or scholarly research;
- Membership fees;
- Organizations located outside the Waco/McLennan County area even though their project may benefit local residents and communities;
- Political lobbying or legislative activities;
- Publications, videos, etc.;
- Religious activities or programs that serve, or appear to serve specific religious groups or denominations. Projects that will serve a broad segment of the general population will be considered on the same basis as proposals from other agencies;
- Retroactive funding for current projects, programs or equipment;
- Start-up funding for new organizations;
- Tax supported entities (e.g. cities, schools)*; and
- The use of and payment for services of a fiscal agent.
Typically, grants are not made for research.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the grant guidelines, including the Organizational Readiness Checklist (see Supporting Documents below), and contact the Director of Grants and Capacity Building to discuss their project before proceeding.
It is important to note that Foundation grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis only; upfront dollars are not available.
- Requests received by July 1, 2018 will be reviewed by October 1, 2018.
- Requests received by January 1, 2019 will be reviewed by April 1, 2019.
Letter of Inquiry Process: The Board will review Letters of Inquiry for large capital and program/operating grants and determine which organizations will be invited to submit a grant proposal. Submitting organizations will be notified by email of the Board’s decision and will receive a copy of their proposal questions after they are invited to continue on with the grantmaking process. Applicants submitting a Letter of Inquiry should add a minimum of 2 months wait time to their schedule.
Small Capital Projects and Immediate Impact Grant Process: Similarly, the Board will review all applications for small capital projects and Immediate Impact Grants and determine which projects should receive funds. Submitting organizations will be notified via email of the Board’s decision.
Additional eligibility requirements and application preview:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register and apply online:
Nicole Wynter, Director of Grants & Capacity Building
USA: Texas: Waco-McLennan County