Grants are limited to eligible organizations (non-profit, governmental, educational institutions) for projects that will serve Hill County, Texas and Tarrant County, Texas. Preference will be given to projects that meet the following criteria:
1. Program Focus – priority will be given to promising new projects that address community needs identified below. Applicants may be existing organizations, a coalition of organizations, or a new organization. If the organization has been in existence, the proposal must be clearly outside the realm of possible inclusion in the regular ongoing operation budget.
(a) Areas of interest include: economic development, education, recreation, assisting the underprivileged, and the arts.
(b) Program grants – Priority will be given to local proposals that evidence volunteer leadership and/or grassroots participation and financial support. Projects will be evaluated on the basis of (1) feasibility and terms of leadership and plan, (2) significance in terms of employments of the issue being addressed, and (3) the project’s potential for success.
2. Future Funding – A project or program must have potential continuity through other funding sources in future years.
Areas Not Typically Funded
Grants to individuals, grants for scholarships, publication of books, conferences, ongoing operating budget beyond seed level.
The Foundation strives to give equitable consideration to all grant applicants. The Foundation will apply fair and objective procedures in reviewing grant applications. Board Members are requested to help maintain a standard of objectivity for all applicants. Lobbying and written/verbal endorsements of applications addressed directly to a Foundation Board member are considered inappropriate. The Foundation has limited discretionary funds and therefore, many exemplary proposals cannot be funded. Because of the volume of requests, the Foundation may not provide written feedback regarding proposals that are not funded.
To apply for a Dorothy Gaines Foundation Grant, please read our Grant Qualification page first and then click on the application button to download a form you can print and complete. Mail your completed form to the address below.