North Texas Cares Grant Program

North Texas Cares Funder Collaborative

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Economic Services & Development Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Health Care Access & Delivery Human & Social Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Dallas County, Tarrant County

Location of residency: Counties in Texas: Dallas County, Tarrant County

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Overview:

NOTE: The North Texas Cares application is now open and has no due date.

Applications from nonprofits are now being accepted on a rolling basis and will be evaluated weekly. Funding decisions will be made by each participating funder independently throughout the crisis period to facilitate the urgent need for funding in light of evolving community need. Approved requests may be funded both by individual funders as well as collectively, depending on the need. Funds will be donated directly to the grant recipients. Timelines vary by funder.

As North Texans, we have overcome many difficult situations together over the years.

Natural disasters, man-made disasters, economic emergencies—but nothing quite like the health emergency we face today.

North Texas Cares is a funder collaborative made up of North Texas foundations and United Ways that have come together to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who may be most negatively affected by COVID-19. This includes agencies who support individuals and families with access to food and/or healthcare; supplementing lost wages and/or housing costs or serving vulnerable populations such as seniors and/or those experiencing homelessness; as well as supporting academic learning and distance learning for low-income, low-access students while schools are closed.

Participating funders are working collaboratively to collect emergency funding requests, using a common online application, in order to simplify and streamline the process for nonprofits seeking emergency funds. Funders will use a shared portal to access information submitted by nonprofits via the common grant application.

Grant ranges will vary by funder. Average grants will range from $5,000 - $40,000. However, larger amounts may be considered depending on the request and the amount of funding available.

What activities and services will be funded through this grant opportunity?

  • Ensuring nutritious food access to high risk and vulnerable groups
  • Ensuring safety for high risk and vulnerable groups
  • Ensuring safe shelter and/or housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness or domestic violence (shelter or hotels)
  • Addressing older adult healthcare and safety in order to lessen the impact of illness and cover costs related to medical treatment
  • Providing mental health supports and telehealth access for community members, especially for first responders and others whose work is considered essential
  • Providing medical and cleaning supplies and staffing for community clinics supporting COVID-19 response
  • Offering immediate, short-term financial assistance for those experiencing income disruption
  • Providing support to displaced workers, including connecting displaced workers with jobs that are open for immediate hire
  • Supporting academic learning and distance learning for low-income, low-access students while schools are closed
  • Providing distance learning options for career pathways program participants 
  • Providing childcare for parents whose employment is critical, including first responders
  • Deploying strategies to engage clients during agency closures
  • Large system supports that could include improving food distribution systems, supporting schools/districts with kids/youth for mentoring and connection, or expanding meal delivery services for seniors and homebound populations

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Who is eligible to apply?
    • Must be 501c3 organization
    • Must provide services in the North Texas area
    • Must provide services that address immediate response or long-term relief efforts in response to COVID-19
    • Requests need to focus on first responders and/or support for vulnerable populations
      • examples could include seniors, children, homeless, low-income displaced workers, first responders, medical professionals, and those without other resources, and
      • efforts that address viral racism related to COVID-19, specifically focused on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
    • Additionally, it is highly recommended that organizations are able to accept grant payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) in order to expeditated grant funding.

Preferences:

  • We also recognize that the challenges created by the COVID-19 Pandemic are significantly more devasting for already disenfranchised and marginalized populations; therefore we will prioritize efforts that overtly address those racial disparities.

Ineligibility:

  • Who is NOT eligible?
    • Individuals
    • Organizations that do not have a current 501c3 status
    • Church and religious organizations’ programs that are focused on evangelism are not eligible.