Arkansas and West Texas Grants

Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Feb 28, 2019 2:30pm PST (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Jun 15, 2019 2:30pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Aug 31, 2019 2:30pm PDT (Full proposal), Dec 15, 2019 2:30pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Arkansas: Arkansas County, Ashley County, Bradley County, Calhoun County, Chicot County Expand all

Location of residency: United States, Counties in Arkansas: Arkansas County, Ashley County, Bradley County, Calhoun County Expand all

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Since its founding in 1966, the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grants to nonprofits. Although the Foundation initially made grants across the country, the Foundation began to focus on Texas and Arkansas in 2004, and on specific regions within those states in 2009. The Foundation’s grants today serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area and defined portions of West Texas and Eastern and Southern Arkansas.

During the past five years, 65% of grants, in dollar terms, have gone to projects serving North Texas residents. But the Foundation’s goal is to increase its giving in West Texas and Arkansas. 

Grants to projects serving the indigent, children, and education, wherever located, have represented about 75% of our grants in recent years. 

The Foundation’s grants are most typically for program support. Capital grants represent only about 10% dollars awarded annually, and most of those grants are directed to the rural areas we serve.

What We Fund

The King Foundation awards grants in West Texas and Arkansas:

Aging Population

Meeting the physical and emotional needs of the elderly, especially efforts to preserve and promote the independence, health, and quality of life of seniors; to improve the quality and availability of both nursing home care and alternatives to nursing home care; and to protect seniors from abuse or financial exploitation.

 Arts, Culture, and History

Supporting artistic, historical, or cultural experiences that enhance learning in school-age children, or extend the benefit of the arts to children, the elderly, and others who might not otherwise have access.

Children and Youth

Meeting the physical and emotional needs of young people, especially efforts to prevent child abuse or neglect or mitigate their effects; to provide healthcare; and to promote and to develop sound character and values in young people.


Preparing young children for school; supporting the educational process broadly through means such as parental involvement and teacher training; promoting adult literacy; improving English-language skills in both children and adults; and supporting student-focused programs at the college level that advance other areas of the Foundation’s mission.


Moving the indigent toward economic independence; encouraging their economic and civic integration into society; providing emergency shelter and assistance; providing healthcare; offering transitional housing and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; and promoting the creation of affordable housing.

Nonprofit Capacity

Building the infrastructure of agencies working in the foregoing areas of interest.

Types of Support

The majority of Foundation funding is for program support, but the Foundation also awards capital support.

The Foundation observes a two-year window between grant awards. (As an example, if an agency were funded in the fall 2014 grant cycle, it would be eligible to apply for new funding in the fall 2016 cycle.) There is no waiting period if a request is declined.

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  • The King Foundation distributes grants to agencies that are either located in or directly serving residents in 38 counties in West Texas, and 32 counties in Arkansas.
    • Our service area in Arkansas includes the Delta and South Arkansas.
    • Our service area in West Texas includes the Permian Basin, Concho Valley, and Big Bend regions.
    • Agencies based outside our service area may be eligible to apply for funding. Please contact the Foundation to discuss your eligibility before submitting a request.


  • The King Foundation does not award grants:
    • To individuals. 
    • To organizations or programs that do not serve residents of our geographic focus in Texas or Arkansas.
    • To organizations that are not tax exempt or have not received their 501c3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service.
    • For general operating support, annual fund drives, or funds to offset operating losses including retiring debt incurred to cover those losses.
    • To create endowments.
    • Toward galas, balls, luncheons, or other events benefitting charitable organizations.
    • To efforts to treat or cure a single disease or condition.
    • To support medical research.
    • To church or seminary construction, or religious programs.
    • Toward the cost of hosting or attending professional conferences or symposia, or participating in amateur sports competitions or similar activities.