Competitive Grant Cycle
Current Competitive Grants Cycle: Important Dates
LOI Submission: November 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023
Application Information Session: November 07, 2023, 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m Central Time.
Application Submission (if approved): December 15, 2023 – January 31, 2024
Approval: Late April 2024
Distribution of Funding: May 2024
Contract Reporting Period: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025
Guidelines and Eligibility
If you are considering submitting an LOI for funding, please review the Guidelines and Eligibility information first. Details on eligibility can be found in TMF's Grants Portal.
- Be a 501(c)(3) organization
- Provide services in Texas and New Mexico
- Provide services that align with the focus areas
Key Criteria for Successful Applications
- Highlights the potential that may be seen if resources were available
- Outlines well-planned and efficient use of funds
- Identifies adequate local and extended support to sustain the project beyond the grant period
- Utilizes relevant collaborative partners and resources networks
- Includes sufficient volunteer leadership and staffing, where appropriate
Additional Organizational Criteria
In addition to determining basic eligibility, TMF considers the following as part of the due diligence process:
- Robust and stable leadership and governance
- Sound financial management
- Ability to achieve impact and help drive our vision and mission
- Recognition of the interconnected nature of challenges facing churches and communities
- Deep engagement with those whom the organization serves
- Demonstrate commitment to partner and collaborate to achieve impact
- Evidence that the proposed approach is likely to be effective and provide a significant opportunity to advance the field
- Commitment to defining clear goals and tracking results, learning and adapting, and sharing learnings with others
Grant funding is generally not available for:
- Organizations that do not have a current 501(c)(3)
- Capital expenditures
- Endowment funds
- Annual fund campaigns
- Debt retirement
- Programs or services that do not serve communities in Texas or New Mexico
- Lobbying efforts, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service
Typical Grant Award Size
Grant award amounts vary by request and are subject to funding available per year.
Number of Applications per Cycle
We allow one grant application from an organization per cycle. We encourage organizations to structure their application to reflect all the services and related costs for which they seek support.
If Our Organization is Invited to Submit Full Application
If you are invited to complete a full application, TMF staff members have determined that your idea may align with current priorities and we are interested in learning more.
The Grants team and committee will review submitted applications and present funding recommendations to the TMF Board of Directors. However, an invitation to complete a full application does not guarantee funding.
The selection process is highly competitive, and we are frequently unable to fund proposals even though they have merit.
Grant Writing Team and Contacts
Your grant writing team should include the people who have authority to make administrative decisions for the project and have access to budget and leadership data. Your primary contact in the TMF application system should be the CEO, Executive Director, Sr Pastor, or person responsible for the work.
Previously Funded Organizations
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