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Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Areas to Enhance the Quality of Life in Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mary E. Bivins Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/23/20 Noon


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations, special districts, and government entities in eligible areas for charitable programs and projects that enhance the quality of life for local residents. Priority funding is intended to support community-focused activities and services that assist in furthering the Foundation’s main charitable objective of eldercare. Past recipients include organizations dedicated to health and human services, the arts and humanities, youth development, and more. Eligible applicants serve the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192806

Estimated Size of Grant:

In general, the Foundation will not consider a grant request for less than $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, the applicant organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is classified as a public charity and must use the grant funds within and for the benefit of the residents and communities of the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. This includes entities classified as a political subdivision of the State of Texas (i.e. governmental unit such as a county, city, town, or special district such as a school district, hospital district, etc.) per Section 170(b)(1)(A)(v) and tax-exempt per Section 170(c)(1).

The project/organization must not be part of an overall system (e.g. university, school district, etc.) that has a parent organization or other organization eligible and responsible for grant requests for the system.

The Board will not consider a request from an organization that has an open grant; therefore, all grant requirements, including reports, must be complete before an organization is eligible to apply.

In general, the Foundation is less likely to support the following activities and views them as a low priority:
- Annual operating expenses;
- Conferences, workshops, seminars, symposia, etc.;
- Publications, videos, etc.;
- Tax support replacement or projects that could be supported through raised taxes; or
- Organizations located outside of the twenty-six county area (even though project efforts may benefit Panhandle residents and communities).

In general, the Foundation does not grant funds for:
- New organizations (i.e. less than three years of operations);
- New initiatives that do not receive their primary funding through other sources;
- Reduction of an operating deficit or debt reduction;
- Fundraising activities, such as annual campaigns, courtesy advertising, benefit tickets, special events, and telephone solicitations;
- Travel, tours, trips;
- Capital campaigns of area nursing homes and assisted living facilities for building and facility projects; or
- Endowments.

The Foundation will not grant funds for:
- An individual or for an individual/s benefit;
- Political lobbying or legislative activities; or
- Capital projects or campaigns of area churches for building and facility projects.

Pre-Application Information:

- October 1, 2020 – Application opens
- November 23, 2020, at noon: Application due
- December 2020 and early January 2021: Site visits
- Late February 2021: Funding decisions made

Upcoming standard community grant cycle (tentative):
- April 1, 2021: Application opens
- May 28, 2021, at noon: Application due
- June and early July 2021: Site visits
- Late August 2021: Funding decisions made

Applicants should contact the Foundation prior to submitting an application so that staff may discuss your proposed project and answer any questions you might have about the process. These meetings are extremely helpful for both the applicant and the Foundation and are strongly encouraged.

Organizations should not request funds more than once in a 12-month period and it is recommended that organizations wait at least two years between requests.


Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Jessica Tudyk, Program Officer

Mary E. Bivins Foundation
2311 W. 16th Ave.
Amarillo, TX 79102 - 2303

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: 26 northernmost counties of the Panhandle

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