Webber Family Foundation: Capacity Building Grants

Webber Family Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Bastrop County, Caldwell County, Hays County, Travis County, Williamson County

Location of residency: Counties in Texas: Bastrop County, Caldwell County, Hays County, Travis County, Williamson County

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Overview:

Guidelines for Capacity Building Grants

The Webber Family Foundation funds capacity building projects that:

  • Are aligned with the Foundation’s mission and one of the three funding initiatives.
  • Build the organization’s capacity to provide expanded, higher quality, and/or more sustainable services.
  • Operate in Austin TX.

Currently the Webber Family Foundation is not accepting unsolicited grant proposals from organizations located in and around Washington DC.

Grant Info

The Webber Family Foundation offers grants to organizations that are aligned with its mission of helping lower-income youth perform at the highest levels of achievement in academics and the arts. Currently there are three areas of focus:

  • School readiness/early literacy
  • Out-of-school time programs for grades 6-12
  • Charter schools

Each is discussed below in more detail. The report: Achievement Trap: How America is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families published by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in September 2007 may be useful in better understanding the Foundation’s areas of focus.

School readiness/early literacy

The objective of this initiative is to increase the number of lower-income students who enter Kindergarten as high-achievers (at or above grade-level norms). Grants will fund preschool programs that provide structured, school- or center-based education for children ages 3-5, with a focus on early literacy and parent engagement.

Out-of-school time programs for grades 6-12

The objectives of this initiative are to increase the number of lower-income students who:

  • enter high school as high-achievers;
  • are prepared for and enroll in selective colleges; and
  • develop artistic skills and talents without regard to financial barriers.

Grants will fund long-term, intensive programs that serve lower-income students in grades 6-12 who are exceeding grade-level norms. Specific interests include:

  • Enrichment programs that help students fulfill their potential through academics and/or the arts. This initiative does not include development of leadership and/or social skills, mentoring (except in the context of academics or the arts), nor remedial programs to help struggling students achieve grade-level expectations. In the arts, grants will fund programs that allow students to study music, dance, visual arts, and/or theater in depth. Artistic skill development – not exposure – is the goal.
  • College preparation and guidance programs that encourage high-achieving, lower-income students to attend selective colleges.

Charter schools

The objective of this initiative is to expand the capacity of outstanding charter schools that serve predominantly lower-income students. Grants will fund schools serving grades 6-12 that produce exceptionally well-prepared graduates.

Grant Sizes

Capacity Building Grants range from $10,000 – $25,000. Typically, the grant period is one year. However, if the project requires a longer grant period (e.g., the project is an 18-month research project), the funds may be expended over a longer period of time.

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

Eligibility:

  • The Foundation makes grants only to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations that have received a “not a private Foundation” determination letter (or preliminary ruling) from the IRS per Internal Revenue Code 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3).
    • In plain English, that means we fund traditional public charitable organizations.
    • We make no exceptions to this restriction. 
  • The Foundation uses three tests to determine whether something is within our geographic area. The primary test is that we must be able to drive to the location in a “reasonable” amount of time. The second test is that the location must not be closer to some other major city. For example, in Texas we will look at projects south of Austin up until the point that the area might more reasonably be considered as “outside of San Antonio” instead of “outside of Austin.” Finally, we will look at the audience served by the proposal – the target audience needs to be in those same geographic areas. We would not, for example, fund an Austin-based organization that is focused on providing education in South America.

Ineligibility:

  • The Foundation will not make contributions to
    • Individuals
    • Organizations not classified as public charities by the IRS
    • Religious organizations, unless the program contains no bias to any particular religion and is open to the entire community without regard to belief (see #4 in the FAQ for more details).
  • In addition, the Foundation generally does not fund private schools, in-school programs, or remedial programs.
  • We do not generally make multi-year or recurring commitments to an organization the first time we make a grant. 
  • Currently the Webber Family Foundation is not accepting unsolicited grant proposals from organizations located in and around Washington DC.