Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust Grant

Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust Grant

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Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Arkansas, Texas

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Texas: Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, Kaufman County, Rockwall County Other eligible locations: Arkansas, Texas

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The Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust was established in 1981 to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services and health care programming for all people.

Roy Sturgis was one of ten children of an Arkansas farmer and homemaker. He dropped out of school after the tenth grade to join the Navy during World War I. Mr. Sturgis returned to his family home in southern Arkansas after the war and went to work in the local sawmills. In 1933, Roy Sturgis married Texas native Christine Johns. They became very successful in the timber, lumber and sawmill industries in Arkansas, owned other prosperous business enterprises and had notable success managing their investments. Mr. and Mrs. Sturgis spent most of their lives in Arkansas and Dallas, Texas. They did not have children, but were particularly interested in educational opportunities for young people. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Sturgis supported organizations working in the areas of health, social services and the arts.

The majority of grants from the Sturgis Charitable Trust are 1 year in duration. On occasion, multi-year support is awarded. The Sturgis Charitable Trust encourages requests for the following types of grants:

  • capital project-related
  • medical research
  • endowment campaigns

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


  • Grants are awarded to qualified charitable organizations in both Arkansas and Texas.
    • Approximately 65% of the Trust's annual distributions are made within the state of Arkansas.
    • The remaining 35% of grants are distributed within the state of Texas. 
  • Funding for start-up programs and limited general operating requests will also be considered.
  • Organizations that receive a 1-year grant from the Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust must skip 2 years before submitting a subsequent application.


  • For grants made within the state of Texas, strong preference is given to organizations located in the Dallas area.