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Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF) Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for General
Operating Support During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF)

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities serving eligible counties to support general operations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended for applicants providing services to local residents in Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties.

The 2021 grant application will follow these guidelines: Due to the effects of the COVID19 pandemic, grants will not be made for specific programs or events, but rather the general operations of the organization at the discretion of the organization’s Board of Directors. Grants made to or for the benefit of a tax-supported college or university are to be used solely for direct student support, including Student Emergency Funds and Student Food Pantries.

As a community foundation, CBCF awards grants in many focus areas that benefit all citizens of the Coastal Bend:

  • Arts and Culture- including performing arts/music programs, museum exhibits/classes
  • Education – including library services, GED and adult literacy, youth programs
  • Environment – including animal welfare, park improvements, conservation
  • Families and Children – including family, youth, and elderly programs
  • Health – including medical and patient services programs, diabetes programs
  • Human Services – including counseling, drug programs, food pantries, and shelters
  • Public Good – including disaster relief, housing, and community development

High funding priorities include:

  • Programs that measurably raise the quality of life in the Coastal Bend
  • Disadvantaged youth, elderly, and families
  • Education and job creation projects that bring people out of poverty
  • Projects that are not easily accomplished without Foundation funding
  • Projects that result in increased funding from additional sources

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181577

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grant awards are between $5,000-$10,000. Awards are based on the stated need and the footprint/impact of the project.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed by August 31 of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) organizations are eligible. Also, government and school entities applying for projects outside of their basic/core services are eligible. If you are not a 501(c)(3) or eligible school or government entity, please contact the Foundation to verify eligibility before submitting a grant application.

Requests that are typically denied and/or are prohibited spending of CBCF grants:
- Specific requests for salary for staff
- Large requests that drastically exceed the typical grant size
- Large requests where the Foundation is the sole funder
- Annual fund drives
- Underwriting/sponsorships for special fundraising events
- Academic or scientific research projects
- Religious activities of religious organizations or programs that require participation in religious activities
- Private school scholarships or projects that do not impact the community at large
- Funding for individuals, specific schools, school groups, or athletic teams
- Travel or transportation expenses
- Office, playground or other equipment, unless for efficiency or safety
- Brick and mortar projects – new construction, renovations, etc.,

* These are generalities and are true in most grant-making situations. However, CBCF will make exceptions when appropriate and after discussion with the applicant agency.

Pre-Application Information:

The online Annual Grant Application opens each year on May 1st and closes June 15th at 11:59 pm.

Organizations may submit one application unless they are serving as a fiscal agent for a partnership or collaboration, in which case they may also submit an application for themselves. Colleges and universities, including their foundations, may submit a total of three applications.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To Apply:

For additional information or assistance please contact the Grants Director, Garner Burford at or call Garner at 361.882.9745.

Coastal Bend Community Foundation
555 N. Carancahua St, Suite 900
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
ph: 361.882.9745
fax: 361.882.2865

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USA: Texas: Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties

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