Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation Grant

Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation (VBLF)

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Next deadline: Nov 1, 2019

Later deadlines: May 1, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

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

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Cameron County, Hidalgo County, Starr County, Willacy County

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that invests in and serves as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships, medical education, research and programs that improve the health and quality of life in South Texas. The Foundation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being.

The Legacy Foundation funds organizations that improve the quality of health in the lower Rio Grande area. It is our goal to work with others – both financially and strategically – to measurably improve the overall health in our area in the short- and long-term. Our #1 strategic priority is Obesity and Diabetes Prevention. However, will we consider funding for all types of health-related initiatives.

Program Areas

Our #1 strategic priority is Obesity and Diabetes Prevention. However, will we consider funding for all types of health-related initiatives. 

In order to strategically distribute foundation funds and streamline our process for our applicants, The Legacy Foundation has created a grant program that consists of several types of grants; Responsive, Collaborative, Matching and Foundation Initiatives. 

Types of Grants

Responsive Grants:

The Legacy Foundation will accept single year requests up to $50,000 from any qualified organization that meets our other eligibility requirements. These grants are for projects or programs that support specific activities carried out over a defined period of time and/or planned to achieve a specific result or goal.

Collaborative Grants: 

The Legacy Foundation will both accept and initiate (through an RFP process) applications for Collaborative Grants, requests that fall between $50,000 - $500,000. These are meant to encourage collaboration among organizations working on larger projects, but a single organization's larger project could qualify as well. If you have a project that exceeds $500,000 that you believe The Legacy Foundation would be interested in funding, please call or email us to discuss if it could be considered a Foundation Initiative.

A Letter of Interest (LOI) will be required first, once reviewed, the Foundation will notify the organization and if approved, then a more in-depth application will be required. 

Matching Grants: 

From time to time, an organization seeking funds will need to find a match to leverage funding. If that need arises, please call our office to describe your need. If it is something aligned with our goals, we will instruct you on how to apply for the matching funds.

Foundation Initiatives: 

The Legacy Foundation will seek out projects that support our strategic goals. Some examples of these could be large capital grants, emergency funding in the case of a crisis, participation in funding collaboratives, studies to assess healthcare needs in our area and so many more. These grants will typically exceed $250,000. Organizations who receive these grants will meet all our eligibility requirements, and will be instructed on how to apply for the funds.

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


  • In order to be eligible to receive funding from the Legacy Foundation, an organization must:
    • Be a nonprofit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501(a) or 170(c); or an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    • Serve residents of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr or Willacy counties.
      • Provided the project funds requested from the Foundation will be spent in one or more of these counties, and benefit primarily residents of those counties, organization based outside the 4-county area may still be eligible to apply. 
    • Request funding for projects or programs that demonstrate a positive effect on the health of residents within our funding area.
    • Have no funded requests on file within the previous 12 month period within the Responsive, Operational or Collaborative categories.
  • The Legacy Foundation WILL consider funding for:
    • New projects or programs,
    • Operating expenses,
    • Multi-year requests,
    • Capital purchases and projects,
    • Indirect costs up to 10%,
    • Matching funds, and
    • Staff positions (IF an adequate sustainability plan is in place for the position if it is permanent).


  • Priority will be given to proposals that impact many, are collaborative in nature, reflect effective stewardship of organizational resources, demonstrate replicable programs, and are supported by many in our community – volunteers and/or donors.


  • The Legacy Foundation will not consider funding for:
    • Insurance premiums
    • Endowments
    • Individuals
    • Fundraising event sponsorships
    • Debt retirement
    • Operational deficits