Annual Grants

CBCF 9 Annual Grants

Grant application is available online from August 1 until September 15.
Deadline for application submission is September 15, 11:59 p.m. (CST).
Applications not submitted by the deadline will not be accepted – there are no exceptions.
Applications from Coastal Bend Day of Giving Participants will NOT be considered.

Donors in the Coastal Bend, through both current and testamentary gifts, have enabled the Foundation to “enhance and improve the quality of life” through grants to area nonprofit organizations. The Foundation’s grants from unrestricted funds cover a broad spectrum of projects from the Arts to Zoology. Examples of recent grants can be found here.

Eligible non-profit organizations located in the CBCF service area (Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, or San Patricio counties) whose projects qualify under our guidelines are encouraged to apply for Foundation annual grants.

Grants are awarded annually through a competitive process. After applications are reviewed by staff and the Grants committee, recommended awards are approved by the Board of Directors. (Note: grants from certain funds are limited by donor preference at the time the gift was made).

The application process is entirely online. Applications that miss the deadline, are out of cycle, do not meet the Foundation’s guidelines or are incomplete are not considered for awards.


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.