Coastal Bend Community Foundation Grant

Coastal Bend Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 15, 2019

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Aransas County, Bee County, Jim Wells County, Kleberg County, Nueces County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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CBCF is a public charity serving the Coastal Bend region of Texas and is beginning its fourth decade. Over these years, our founders, donors, board members, and staff have worked together to provide millions of dollars in grants and scholarships to the people of this geographical region, while imbuing CBCF with a reputation for honesty, integrity, stewardship and effectiveness.

Simply put, thanks to the vision of those leaders who established CBCF in 1981, we are able to:

  • Help achieve individual charitable goals;
  • Evaluate community needs;
  • Make strategic grants to nonprofits;
  • Assist students to achieve a higher education through competitive scholarships;
  • Steward permanent charitable funds;
  • Honor donor intent;
  • Increase the size of charitable gifts over time through quality investments and
  • Strengthen our region’s nonprofit organizations.

CBCF has provided a vehicle for long-term philanthropy for those who wish to broadly support our communities. CBCF serves as our communities’ charitable endowment; we are fortunate to be able to use our assets to “improve the quality of life in the Coastal Bend.”

Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF) awards grants from unrestricted and certain other funds yearly through the Annual Grants process.

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; and
  • Public Good – including disaster relief, housing, and community development.

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  • 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible.
  • Also, government and school entities applying for projects outside of their basic/core services are eligible.
  • Regardless of the location of the organization, services must be performed in CBCF’s seven county service area of Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties.
  • CBCF awards annual grants from funds that support the following:
    • intellectually disabled;
    • children’s programs;
    • cultural activities;
    • dogs and humane societies;
    • historic and ecological preservation projects; and
    • the elderly.
  • Grants are awarded for new projects and the continuation of existing projects where there is compelling, documented impact and the project is compatible with the nonprofit’s mission.
  • Requests may include existing personnel, equipment, supplies and other expenses essential to the project.
  • CBCF awards grants for general operations where the nonprofit’s “program” is its operation.
  • CBCF welcome applications from eligible organizations/coalitions for projects.


  • Within the funded areas, 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; and
    • Projects that result in increased funding from additional sources.
  • Coastal Bend Community Foundation board looks for strong nonprofits with projects and programs that are likely to strengthen the Coastal Bend well beyond the requested period of funding.
  • High priority is given to requests that are collaborative and focus on new solutions to old problems.


  • Low funding priorities include:
    • Start-up funding for new organizations;
    • Publications, videos, etc.; or
    • Projects that stray from the nonprofit’s mission.
  • Requests that are typically denied
    • Specific requests for salary for additional staff;
    • 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 or school groups or athletic teams;
    • Travel or transportation expenses;
    • Office, playground or other equipment, unless for efficiency or safety; or
    • Brick and mortar projects – new construction, renovations, etc.,
  • Salary requests for new employees are generally not considered.