Waco Foundation Grantmaking

Waco Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Jul 1, 2020 9:59pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 1, 2021 9:59pm PST

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $1,100,000

Fields of work: Education - Higher Education Community Development & Revitalization Youth Services Disability Care & Services Senior Services Child Welfare Services Teen Parenthood Education - High School Poverty Alleviation & Services Vocational & Trade Education Civic Leadership Development Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: McLennan County, Texas

Location of residency: McLennan County, Texas

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Waco Foundation Grant-Making

Waco Foundation strives to make grant decisions that not only promote solutions to community challenges, but also build the capacity of service providers to partner collaboratively with others.

The Foundation awards grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are physically located in and serve McLennan County, Texas.

Funding Priorities

Helping people overcome poverty permanently. Priority will be given to the most focused, cost-effective methods of:

  • Significantly reducing teen pregnancy
  • Significantly increasing graduation rates from high school, technical school, community college and college

Supporting valuable projects that are:

  • Interesting, unique and energizing; and which seek to make Waco a vibrant, inclusive and attractive community
  • Considered to be critical components and high priorities of the entire community

Increasing the capacity of McLennan County’s nonprofit sector and the ability of the community-at-large, to address challenges by:

  • Strengthening nonprofit sustainability
  • Helping local organizations collaborate
  • Increasing leadership capacity and pathways

Funding organizations which provide support and service to our most vulnerable residents – people in poverty, people with disabilities, the elderly, children and youth (primarily through Immediate Impact Grants).

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


  • Waco Foundation only grants awards to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are physically located in and provide services to McLennan County, Texas. 


  • The Foundation considers the following to be low giving priorities:
    • Annual operating expenses of established agencies including debt reduction or retirement, deficit financing, reducing operating deficits or replenishing resources used to pay for such purposes.
    • Historic preservation.
    • Individuals, except through our educational scholarships.
    • Local, state or national fundraising or awareness activities (including annual fund drives, benefit tickets, event sponsoring and telephone solicitations); 
    • Maintenance expenses or maintenance issues created due to deferred maintenance.
    • Medical or scholarly research.
    • Membership fees.
    • Organizations located outside the Waco/McLennan County area even though their project may benefit local residents and communities.
    • Political lobbying or legislative activities.
    • Publications, videos, etc.
    • Religious activities or programs that serve, or appear to serve specific religious groups or denominations. Projects that will serve a broad segment of the general population will be considered on the same basis as proposals from other agencies.
    • Retroactive funding for current projects, programs or equipment.
    • Start-up funding for new organizations.
    • Tax supported entities (e.g. cities, schools).
    • The use of and payment for services of a fiscal agent.