Library Building/Renovation Funding Sources

This list provides the names of Texas-based Foundations that have provided libraries in Texas with building or renovation funds and of those willing to fund such projects. It is by no means all encompassing, but may serve as a good research starting point. It is imperative to contact the foundation directly for guidelines and deadlines prior to submitting a proposal. Some limitations have been noted. Researching tip: Start with the city nearest to your community, then expand your search area.

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Abilene, Texas

Dodge Jones Foundation

Contact Information:

Lawrence E. Gill, Grants Administrator

P.O. Box 176

Abilene, TX 79604

915-673-6429

Size of grants:

$500 - $900,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Giving primarily in Abilene, Texas

Beeville, Texas

The Dougherty Foundation

Contact Information:

Daren R. Wilder

P.O. Box 640

Beeville, TX 78104-0640

361-358-3560

Size of grants:

$1,000-$10,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Giving primarily in southern Texas.

Corpus Christi, Texas

Coastal Bend Community Foundation

Contact Information:

Jim Moloney, Executive Director

The Six Hundred Building

600 Leopard St., Suite 1716

Corpus Christi, TX 78473

361-882-9745

e-mail: jmoloney@cbcfoundation.org

Size of grants:

$245-$50,000

Deadlines:

September 1

Restrictions/Limitations:

Funds only Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties.

Ed Rachal Foundation

Contact Information:

500 North Shoreline Dr., Suite 1002

Corpus Christi, TX 78471

361-881-9040

e-mail: edrachal@edrachal.org

Size of grants:

$500-$25,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only

Dallas, Texas

Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.

Contact Information:

J. Cook, VP Grants Administration

4605 Live Oak Street

Dallas, TX 75204

214.826.5231

e-mail: jcook@cftexas.org

Size of grants:

$50 -$300,000

Deadlines:

January 15 and July 15

Restrictions/Limitations:

Preference given to the North Texas area.

The Constantin Foundation

Contact Information:

Betty S. Hillin, Executive Director

4809 Cole Ave., LB 127

Dallas, TX 75205-3578

214-522-9300

Size of grants:

$10,000 - $65,000 average

Deadlines:

September 30 for letters of inquiry

Restrictions/Limitations:

Dallas County only.

Leland Fikes Foundation, Inc.

Contact Information:

Nancy J. Solana

Vice President

LIncoln Plaza

500 N. Akard St., Suite 3319

Dallas, TX 75201-3319

214-754-0144

Size of grants:

$1,000 - $500,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Primarily gives to organizations in Dallas area.

Hillcrest Foundation

Contact Information:

Daniel J. Kelly

Vice President, Private Bank

Bank of America, Trustee

P.O. Box 830241

Dallas, TX 75283-0241

214-209-1965

e-mail:dan.kelly@nationsbank.com

Size of grants:

$5,000 - $334,000

Deadlines:

November 30, March 31, August 31

Restrictions/Limitations:

Primarily gives to organizations in North Texas.

Hoblitzelle Foundation

Contact Information:

Paul W. Harris, Executive VP

5656 Sherry Lane, Suite 901

Dallas, TX 75225-6522

214-373-0462

Size of grants:

$10,000 - $100,000 average

Deadlines:

January 15, May 15, September 15

Restrictions/Limitations:

Limited to Texas, primarily Dallas.

Philip R. Jonsson Foundation

Contact Information:

Anne Marie Messier

P.O. Box 795365

Dallas, TX 75379-5365

972-380-6123

Size of grants:

$500 to $50,000

Deadlines:

May 15 and October 15

Restrictions/Limitations:

Gives primarily to Dallas, Texas.

The Eugene McDermott Foundation

Contact Information:

Mary McDermott Coke, President

3808 Euclid Ave.

Dallas, TX 75205

214-521-2924

Size of grants:

$1,000 - $25,000 average

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Gives primarily to Dallas, Texas.

Meadows Foundation

Contact Information:

Bruce Esterline, Vice President Grants

3003 Swiss Ave.

Dallas, TX 75204-6090

214-826-9431

email: besterline@mfi.org

Size of grants:

$25,000 - $250,000 average

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only

Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust

Contact Information:

Daniel J. Kelly

Vice President, Private Bank

Bank of America, Trustee

P.O. Box 830241

Dallas, TX 75283-0241

214-209-1965

e-mail:dan.kelly@nationsbank.com

Size of grants:

$2,500-$200,000

Deadlines:

December 31

Restrictions/Limitations:

In Texas, priority given to grants from organizations in the Dallas area.

Fort Worth, Texas

Robert S. and Joyce Pate Capper Charitable Foundation

Contact Information:

Joyce Pate Capper

48 Valley Ridge Rd.

Fort Worth, TX 76107

817-336-0494

Size of grants:

$25-$12,500

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Amon G. Carter Foundation

Contact Information:

John H. Robinson, Exec. VP Grant Admin.

201 Main St., Suite 1945

P.O. Box 1036

Fort Worth, TX 76101

817-332-2783

e-mail: jhrobinson@agcf.org

Size of grants:

$450-$7,000,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Grants are basically directed to the Fort Worth/Tarrant County, Texas area. Primary fields of interest include the arts; education; health and medical services; human and social services; programs benefiting youth and elderly; civic and community endeavors that enhance quality of life.

Sid W. Richardson Foundation

Contact Information:

Valleau Wilkie, Jr., Executive Director

309 Main St.

Fort Worth, TX 76102

817-336-0494

Size of grants:

$1,000-$835,000

Deadlines:

March 1, September 1

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only

Houston, Texas

The Brown Foundation

Contact Information:

Nancy Pittman, Executive Director

P.O. Box 130646

Houston, TX 77219-0646

713-523-6867

email: bfi@brownfoundation.org

Size of grants:

$1,000 -$9,000,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only

The Cullen Foundation

Contact Information:

Alan M. Stewart, Executive Director

601 Jefferson, 40th Floor

Houston, TX 77002

713-651-8837

email: astewart@cullenfdn.org

Size of grants:

$100,000-$500,000 average

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Limited to Texas, with emphasis on Houston

Dumraese Trust

Contact Information:

2800 Post Oak Blvd., 6th Floor

Houston, TX 77056

Grant types:

Materials, Capital

Application:

Libraries eligible to receive application materials will be selected using the annual statistics compiled by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Applications will be mailed directly to eligible libraries in the fall.

Restrictions/Limitations:

Rural Texas libraries serving populations less than 7000.

The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation

Contact Information:

L. Michael Hajtman, President

6131 Westview Drive

Houston, Texas 77055

713-681-7868

email: albertandethel@herzsteinfoundation.org

Size of grants:

$150 - $500,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Grants are made only to qualified non-profit organizations. Preference will be given to grant requests from eligible organizations in the Houston area or within the State of Texas.

Houston Endowment Inc.

Contact Information:

Steven Fenberg, Public Liaison

Grant Department

600 Travis, Suite 6400

Houston, TX 77002-3007

713-238-8100

email: sfenberg@houstonendowment.org

Size of grants:

$1,000 - $4,500,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Priority placed on organizations and programs serving the people of the Houston area and the State of Texas.

Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation

Contact Information:

Alvin Owsley, Trustee

65 Brair Hollow Lane

Houston, TX 77027

713-229-1272

Size of grants:

$500-$100,000

Deadlines:

None, but board meets in March, June, September and December. Submit before board meets.

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only. Application process is a letter no more than 2 pages in length with no attachments.

Rockwell Fund, Inc.

Contact Information:

Judy Ahlgrim, Grants Administrator

770 S. Post Oak Ln., Suite 525

Houston, TX 77056

713-629-9022

email: info@rockfund.org

Size of grants:

$500-$100,000

Deadlines:

February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only, primarily in the Houston area.

Sterling-Turner Foundation

Contact Information:

Patricia "Pat" Moser

Executive Director

815 Walker Street, Suite 1543

Houston, TX 77002-5724

713-237-1117

email: patricia.moser@stfdn.org

Size of grants:

$1,000-$231,700

Deadlines:

March 1

Restrictions/Limitations:

To be considered for funding in 2004, organization must have offices located in one or more of the following counties to be considered. The counties are: Tom Green, Kerr, Fort Bend, and Harris.

Swalm Foundation

Contact Information:

Mimi Minkoff, Secy., Admin. and Grant Mgr.

11511 Katy Freeway, Suite 430

Houston, TX 77079

281-497-5280

Size of grants:

$15,000 - $100,000

Deadlines:

90 days prior to board meetings.

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only.

Lubbock, Texas

The CH Foundation

Contact Information:

Nelda Thompson

P.O. Box 16458

Lubbock, TX 79490

806-792-0448

Size of grants:

$492 - $1,250,000

Deadlines:

May 1

Restrictions/Limitations:

Primarily for the South Plains, Texas area.

Lufkin, Texas

The Pineywoods Foundation

Contact Information:

Bob Bowman

515 S. 1st Street

Lufkin, TX 75901

936-634-7444

Size of grants:

$1,500 - $29,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Giving limited to these Texas counties: Angelina, Cherokee, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Panola, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler.

Midland, Texas

Abell-Hanger Foundation

Contact Information:

David L. Smith, Executive Director

P.O. Box 430

Midland, TX 79702-0430

915-684-6655

email: AHF@abell-hanger.org

Size of grants:

$10,000 - $50,000 average

Deadlines:

February, May, August, and no later than November 15th

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only, preference given to West Texas.

Pampa, Texas

David D. & Nona S. Payne Foundation, Inc.

Contact Information:

Vanessa G. Buzzard, President

2000 Charles St.

Pampa, TX 79065

806-665-3488

email: acolwell@pan-tex.net

Size of grants:

$5,000 - $10,000 average

Deadlines:

September 23 and March 23

Restrictions/Limitations:

Limited to organizations in the Texas Panhandle area.

Port Neches, Texas

Wilton & Effie Mae Hebert Foundation

Contact Information:

Pauline Womack, Director

P.O. Box 908

Port Neches, TX 77651

409-727-2345

Size of grants:

$2,500 - $100,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only.

San Antonio, Texas

Albert & Bessie Mae Kronkosky Charitable Foundation

Contact Information:

Palmer Moe, Executive Director

112 East Pecan, Suite 830

San Antonio, TX 78205

210-475-9000 or 888-309-9001

email: kronfndn@kronkosky.org

Size of grants:

$10,000 - $100,000 average

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Limited to Bandera, Bexar, Comal and Kendall, Texas counties only.

Amy Shelton McNutt Charitable Trust

Contact Information:

Jack Guenther, Trustee

1777 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 1512

San Antonio, TX 78217-5290

Size of grants:

$50 - $25,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only with emphasis on San Antonio.

J.E. Smothers, Sr. Memorial Foundation

Contact Information:

Mary Ann Bruni, Trustee

2200 Nacogdoches

San Antonio, TX 78209

210-829-1783

Size of grants:

$1,500 - $50,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Texas only

SBC Foundation

Contact Information:

Gloria Delgado

175 East Houston, Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78205

210-351-2259

General information call 1-800-591-9663

Size of grants:

$1,000 - $50,000

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Funds organizations in cities with SBC presence. SBC targets issues within five program-funding areas, prefers goal-oriented projects with specific evaluation plans and potential to be self-sustaining. Detailed guidelines on website.

Tyler, Texas

R.W. Fair Foundation

Contact Information:

Wilton H. Fair

P.O. Box 689

Tyler, TX 75710

903-592-3811

Size of grants:

$1,000 - $10,000 average

Deadlines:

March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1

Restrictions/Limitations:

Primarily gives in the Southwest, with emphasis on Texas.

Victoria, Texas

Kathryn O'Connor Foundation

Contact Information:

D.H. Braman, Jr., President

One O'Connor Plaza, Suite 1100

Victoria, TX 77901

361-578-6271

Size of grants:

$10,000 - $50,000 average

Deadlines:

None

Restrictions/Limitations:

Giving limited to southern Texas, with emphasis on Victoria and Refugio counties and surrounding area.

Wichita Falls, Texas

The Priddy Foundation

Contact Information:

Debbie C. White

Director of Grants

807 Eighth Street, Suite 1010

Wichita Falls, TX 76301-3310

940.723.8720

email: debbiecw@priddyfdn.org

Size of grants:

$500 - $1,765,00

Deadlines:

Preliminary applications: February 1, August 15; Formal applications: March 1, September 1

Restrictions/Limitations:

The foundation considers grant applications from organizations in the Wichita Falls, Texas area. (In Texas, the following counties: Archer, Baylor, Childress, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, King, Knox, Montague, Palo Pinto, Stephens, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young. The foundation board will consider capital projects for buildings and major items of equipment. Approval is more likely if the project has broad support from organizations and individuals to the extent that The Priddy Foundation’s requested share of the project does not exceed 20% of the total project budget.

Other

USDA Rural Development - Rural Housing Service

The Rural Development Division of the USDA provides a program called the Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loans and Grants.This Community Program administers programs designed to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include schools, libraries, childcare, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through its Community Programs, the Department of Agriculture is striving to ensure that such facilities are readily available to all rural communities. Community Programs utilizes three flexible financial tools to achieve this goal: the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program, the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program, and the Community Facilities Grant Program. For additional information contact your local USDA Rural Development Office (Texas) or visit the USDA Rural Development website.

The Texas Historical Commission - Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grants

Contact Information:

Texas Historical Commission

Architecture Division

PO Box 12276

Austin, TX 78711

512.463.6094

The Texas Historical Commission awards grants for preservation projects.These grants pay up to one-half of total project costs to help preserve Texas’ cultural resources. Grant funds are awarded for acquisition, development, planning and education.Project types eligible for grant assistance include:
  • Archeological sites
  • Commercial buildings
  • Public buildings such as schools, city halls, libraries and museums
  • Unique historic structures such as bridges, water towers, lighthouses and ships
  • Monies for training individuals and organizations about historic resources and preservation techniques
For fiscal year 2004, the THC reviewed more than 70 requests for grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. Twenty-seven matching grants totaling $415,000 were awarded.

For an application and complete details concerning the grants, please visit the Texas Historical Commission's web site.

The Kresge Foundation

Contact Information:

3215 W. Big Beaver Road

Troy, Michigan 48084

Tel. (248)643-9630

email: info@kresge.org

The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private foundation, was created in 1924 by Sebastian S. Kresge. Although Mr. Kresge also founded the S.S. Kresge Company, now known as Kmart, the Foundation is not affiliated or associated with that or any other corporation or organization.

The Foundation has no predetermined grant budget by category, geography or type of project.



The Foundation is known for making grants for capital projects. However, they believe a challenge grant toward an organization's capital project does more than just build a building or reward good programs. Grants range from $150,000 to $600,000. Please visit the foundation's website for complete grant guidelines.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation

The Foundation considers large-scale requests and in order to address issues of importance to local communities, looks for support by local store and district management when reviewing proposals. The Foundation provides funding only to 501(c)(3) organizations in cities where Lowe’s operates. It's primary philanthropic focus areas are:

  • Education
  • Community improvement projects (examples include projects at parks and other public areas, housing for the underprivileged and innovative environmental initiatives)

Due to the large volume of requests, the Foundation is unable to grant every request. Unsolicited requests and proposals not aligned with our focus areas will not receive funding.The Foundation only accepts grant applications submitted via online application. Please visit th foundation's website for complete details at www.lowes.com.

This list is compiled from information directly from the foundations or in published sources including the Directory of Texas Foundations, 22nd Edition, produced by the Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas (http://www.nprc.org/) and the National Guide to Funding for Libraries and Information Services, Seventh Edition, by the Foundation Center (http://www.fdncenter.org/). Visit one of the Foundation Center's Cooperating Collections in Texas for additional resources (http://www.fdncenter.org/collections/cctx.html).

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