GRANTS OVERVIEW

Fort Bend Cares staff and volunteers commit countless hours each year conducting a thorough grant review and approval process of all non profit applications. These amazing non profits serve thousands of disadvantaged kids in Fort Bend County.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe in investing in smaller/newer nonprofits that need that may not have the capacity/history to be approved for private foundation grants or other fundraising mechanisms.
  • We give the highest priority to basic needs (i.e. food, clothing, shelter) but will also consider educational, emotional, recreational and other needs as deemed necessary.
  • We are dedicated and focused to steward our donor dollars to programs and organizations that make a large impact in our community.

The Numbers

Fort Bend Cares awards between 25-35 grants yearly, mostly to small/moderate size nonprofit programs. The average grant is $5,000. Fort Bend Cares typically receives between 40-50 proposals each year.

MOST COMMON REASONS FOR A DECLINE

  1. Project request focuses on operating over program support. *Note – operating funds are eligible, but should not be the focus.
  2. Does not address “disadvantaged” children
  3. Simply not enough funds to award.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Organization does not have to be based in Fort Bend County, but grant funds must serve disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County.
  • 501(c)(3) organizations providing programs or services targeted at improving the lives of disadvantaged youth (typically 18 and under) in our community.
  • Cannot apply until previous funded Fort Bend Cares grant report has been submitted.
  • Applications are accepted December 1 -January 31.
  • Grant applications should be written for funds to be used June – December.
  • If you have already received a grant from Fort Bend Cares, you must submit a Grant Reports by December 31 of the year you receive your grant. This will be considered as part of the grant application for funding requests each year.
  • If you have a question while preparing your application, please email grants@fortbendcares.org or call 832-819-2005.
  • Grant applications recommended by the Grant committee for awards are submitted to the Board for approval in May.
GRANTEE FINAL REPORT (PDF)2018 Grant Application (PDF)

We impact thousands of children through grants to charitable 501(c)(3) organizations that provide:

Health

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Emotional

Educational

  • Life skills
  • Programs
  • Training

Social Services

  • Mentoring
  • Child Protection
  • Basic Needs

Capital Projects

  • Recreational
  • Social Needs
  • Equipment

Since its origin, Fort Bend Cares has bestowed grants totaling approximately $1,702,741