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Greater Texas Foundation Names External Committee Members

The Greater Texas Foundation Board of Directors appointed four external committee members to enhance organizational learning. Those selected will provide [...]

Grant Announcement: Back on Track to College

Jobs for the Future (JFF) will prepare to bring its evidence-based Back on Track to College model to Texas dropout [...]

Grant Announcement: Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant of $125,000 to the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund [...]

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1502, 2018

Greater Texas Foundation Names External Committee Members

The Greater Texas Foundation Board of Directors appointed four external committee members to enhance organizational learning. Those selected will provide advice and lend their expertise to the foundation through participation in the work of the board’s four committees. “We are proud to welcome our new external committee members,” said Ralph [...]

3101, 2018

Grant Announcement: Back on Track to College

Jobs for the Future (JFF) will prepare to bring its evidence-based Back on Track to College model to Texas dropout recovery programs with a $135,000 planning grant from Greater Texas Foundation. Back on Track to College addresses the poor postsecondary completion rates of students who fall off-track or drop out [...]

3101, 2018

Grant Announcement: Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant of $125,000 to the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund to support the Austin Opportunity Youth Collaborative (AOYC), led by Workforce Solutions Capital Area. The AOYC supports Austin-area opportunity youth in pursuing postsecondary education and works to eliminate systemic barriers [...]

3001, 2018

Grant Announcement: An Assessment for Collective Impact

A $299,367 grant from Greater Texas Foundation to West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) will support a research assessment of education and economic issues for rural communities in the Texas Panhandle. WTAMU and its regional partners will engage FSG, a trusted consulting and research firm, to gather qualitative and quantitative data [...]

801, 2018

Grant Announcement: Guided Pathways

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant of $500,000 to The University of Texas at Austin to create an innovative online tool students, educators, and higher education institutions can use to help students streamline postsecondary pathways. UT Austin’s Guided Pathways project tackles a problem thousands of Texas students face every year: [...]

612, 2017

Framing, Not Blaming: Improving Latino College Transfer in Texas

In 2016, Greater Texas Foundation announced a grant to Excelencia in Education (Excelencia) to support their research on Latino transfer students. Excelencia conducted extensive interviews with faculty and staff at four pairs of two-year and four-year institutions across the state to learn how Latino students experience transfer and to understand [...]

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Our grants range from $1,000 to $3M. The average grant is around $300,000; however, grant size is dependent on a number of factors so an average may be misleading.
Yes, the foundation supports multi-year grants. Generally, this is on a case-by-case basis depending on the complexity of the project.
At this time the foundation does not provide individual scholarships, but rather chooses to fund scholarship programs through grants to institutions of higher education.
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  • No proposal from an organization previously funded by the foundation will be considered unless a full and timely report of expenditure of the previous grant has been submitted.
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Selected Grants

College Forward – Success Partnerships

In 2014 GTF awarded College Forward a $500,000 grant to partially support its College Access and Success program supporting more than 4,100 underserved students. Additionally the grant will be used to teach school districts and postsecondary institutions how to replicate College Forward’s services and achieve their outcomes. Educational institutions will be empowered to help students make informed decisions about choosing a career path, taking the right courses in high school, gaining admission to the right postsecondary program, persisting in college, and moving into a lucrative career after graduation. To accomplish this, College Forward will refine its program into an effective and efficient curriculum that will be disseminated through strong partnerships with high schools, colleges, and regional collective impact initiatives. This initiative will ultimately benefit the millions of low-income students enrolled in Texas public schools and postsecondary institutions.

For more information on this initiative, please visit their website here.

Project Males – Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

The Texas Higher Education Consortium for Male Students of Color (“The Consortium”) seeks to cultivate a statewide network of cross-sector educational institutions that collaborate, share expertise, advance research, and leverage resources to positively impact educational outcomes for males of color from high school through post-secondary education. GTF contributed over $335,000 to the Consortium in 2012. The goal of this statewide Consortium is to align existing programmatic efforts and to stimulate new initiatives to enhance the participation and success of Hispanic and African American males within higher education. The Consortium’s objectives are informed by research and the first-hand programmatic success of male-focused initiatives at high school and college levels. It is headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin (in the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement), and it is led by Dr. Victor B. Sáenz (Associate Professor & Executive Director) as well as Dr. Emmet Campos (Director). The chief external evaluator for this project is Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.

As of September 2015, the Consortium consists of sixteen educational institutions across Texas, strategically located across the state and all engaged in creating and sustaining a dynamic research and learning community. The Consortium conducts four broad activities embodying the “collective impact” spirit needed to encourage additional regional and statewide approaches that address the education challenges faced by young men of color.

For more information on this initiative, please visit their website here.

RGV FOCUS – a collaboration with Educate Texas

The Rio Grande Valley FOCUS (RGV FOCUS) project is a multi-year large-scale collective impact initiative designed to dramatically improve educational and life outcomes for students by strengthening the pipeline from K-12 through postsecondary and into the workforce. GTF awarded $1.25 Million to this initiative in late 2013. The vision of this project is for all learners in the Rio Grande Valley to achieve a postsecondary degree or credential that leads to a meaningful career. The collaborative includes educators, nonprofits, community leaders, funders, businesses, and policymakers from Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties dedicated to making major, systemic improvements to educational and career attainment in the RGV.

Greater postsecondary success will be increased by focusing on increasing college readiness, improving the quality of teaching, reducing dropout rates/increasing student recovery, improving college access, and building higher quality college supports, and establishing better connections to the workforce. RGV FOCUS works with partners to implement, measure, and refine practices across these strategic areas. Based on the results of these efforts, we will help elevate and replicate these practices across the RGV.

For more information on this initiative, please visit their website here.