Pattern Panhandle Wind - Competitive Grant Program

Amarillo Area Foundation

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Deadline: Feb 12, 2021 10:00am PST

Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $25,000

Fields of work: Education - K through 12 Civic Engagement & Education Disaster Preparedness Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Economic Services & Development Health & Medicine Wellness & Healthy Living Senior Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Carson County, Texas

Location of residency: Preferred: Carson County, Texas Other eligible locations: Counties in Texas: Armstrong County, Briscoe County, Castro County, Childress County, Collingsworth County Show all

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About this funder:




Pattern Energy's Panhandle Wind facility generates enough clean energy to power 115,000 Texas homes annually and is projected to add approximately $200 million to the regional economy over 25 years. Grateful for its economic growth, Pattern Energy used its increase in financial resources to establish two grant programs in 2015 to benefit the local community from which the energy is generated.

"Pattern Energy wanted to ensure the wind facility was supporting local causes throughout Carson County. Pattern Energy contributed an initial $1,500,000 to establish the Panhandle Wind Education Fund Endowment and the Panhandle Wind Civic Fund Endowment," said Glen Hodges, Vice President of Business Development for Pattern Energy. "The facility will contribute an additional $150,000 annually during the first ten years of operations, creating a new funding source for worthy local causes now and in perpetuity."

During the inaugural grant cycle in 2016, a total of $125,000 was granted from the Panhandle Wind Civic Fund and the Panhandle Wind Education Fund to benefit Carson County civic and education causes. "We would like to thank the Amarillo Area Foundation and the grant recipients for their dedication to Carson County" said Scott Creech, Panhandle Wind Facility Manager. "We look forward to continuing our support of local organizations that make this such a great community in which to live and work." 

Amarillo Area Foundation

The Amarillo Area Foundation is a community foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle. Since its inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.

Civic Fund

The Pattern Panhandle Wind Civic Fund will be used to support and develop new and existing programs that improve quality of life for Carson County residents and communities. The grants from the Civic Fund are expected to support, but are not limited to, the following focus areas: 

  • Civic Engagement
  • Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness
  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Health and Wellness Initiatives
  • Programs that serve Senior Citizens

Education Fund

The Pattern Panhandle Wind Education Fund will be used to support kindergarten through twelfth grade educational opportunities for Carson County public school students by granting funds directly to public schools or to organizations supporting public schools in Carson County.

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


  • The Advisory Committee for the Pattern Panhandle Wind Civic Fund and Pattern Panhandle Wind Education Fund, component funds of the Amarillo Area Foundation, will entertain proposals from nonprofit and charitable institutions serving Carson County residents.
  • The application process will be competitive and organizations who fit the eligibility requirements and whose work is in line with the priorities are encouraged to apply.


  • Priority is given to those nonprofit and charitable institutions located in Carson County.


  • Individuals and non-charitable organizations are not eligible.


This page was last reviewed December 29, 2020 and last updated December 29, 2020