Grant Application

CBCF 9 Grants 9 Grant Application

The online Annual Grant Application opens each year on May 1st and closes June 15th at 11:59 pm. There are NO exceptions to this deadline.

All organizations must upload into their application their IRS Letter of Determination or most recent Affirmation Letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service regarding the organization’s current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 170(c). The letter must be dated within the last 5 years. If you do not have one, please visit the IRS website to request one.

The 2021 grant application will follow these guidelines: Due to the effects of the COVID19 pandemic, grants will not be made for specific programs or events, but rather the general operations of the organization at the discretion of the organization’s Board of Directors. Grants made to or for the benefit of a tax-supported college or university are to be used solely for direct student support, including Student Emergency Funds and Student Food Pantries.

For additional information or assistance please contact our Grants Director Garner Burford at or call Garner at 361.882.9745.

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The Mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Coastal Bend by building community endowment and addressing social, educational, environmental, and cultural needs through the awarding of grants and scholarships.

The Foundation’s Vision is to provide the Coastal Bend with:

  • Efficient gift options to meet donors’ charitable wishes
  • Effective grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to students
  • Ethical leadership to promote and enhance area philanthropy


Frequently Asked Questions

About Grants


Please check the “Guidelines and Priorities” page for information about grant focus areas, eligibility, deadlines, etc. If you still have questions, please contact us.

Should I contact someone in your office before submitting a grant?

If you have questions about the application or your organization’s eligibility, please call us.

What is the criteria for selecting grant recipients?

Our board looks for strong nonprofits with projects and programs that are likely to strengthen the Coastal Bend well beyond the requested period of funding. High priority is given to requests that are collaborative and focus on new solutions to old problems.

Will your grant policies remain the same in future years?

Our grant policies are reviewed annually and may change in future years. Current grant guidelines are always posted to this website.

Can my organization apply for grants from named funds at the Foundation?

No. All funds that have monies available for competitive grants are included in the Annual grant process.