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Welcome Reception for Sue McMillin

Greater Texas Foundation thanks all who gathered and sent well wishes to welcome Sue McMillin as the foundation’s new President [...]

GTF Honors Former Board Chair with Scholarship

Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) announced a contribution of $25,000 to the Texas A&M Foundation in honor of GTF’s former board chair, [...]

Grant Announcement: ‘Tell Me What I Need to Do”

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $130,000 to The University of Texas at Austin to support [...]

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1511, 2017

Welcome Reception for Sue McMillin

Greater Texas Foundation thanks all who gathered and sent well wishes to welcome Sue McMillin as the foundation’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. We are grateful for your expressions of support and your commitment to remaining engaged with the foundation in its work to support Texas students. Below are [...]

1011, 2017

GTF Honors Former Board Chair with Scholarship

Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) announced a contribution of $25,000 to the Texas A&M Foundation in honor of GTF’s former board chair, Dr. Malon Southerland. Dr. Southerland retired from the board in 2016 after more than 30 years of service to the foundation and its predecessor entities, most recently serving as chair of [...]

2010, 2017

Grant Announcement: ‘Tell Me What I Need to Do”

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $130,000 to The University of Texas at Austin to support research conducted by Dr. Lauren Schudde and Dr. Huriya Jabbar, both assistant professors and GTF Fellows. The research titled “’Tell Me What I Need to Do’: How Texas Community College [...]

2010, 2017

Grant Announcement: High School Career Connect

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $1,627,826 to the University of North Texas in support of the new High School Career Connect (HSCC). HSCC is a career development and education service for middle school, high school and college students throughout Denton County. HSCC will improve postsecondary [...]

410, 2017

Grant Announcement: GTF TAMU Advising Corps 2.0

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $160,000 to Texas A&M University in support of their project, GTF TAMU Advising Corps 2.0.  The grant supports Texas A&M's Advise TX program, which provides two full-time college advisers to Bryan High School and Rudder High School. These advisers elevate each school's college-going culture by offering individual [...]

1409, 2017

GTF Hosts Fifth Annual Fellows Study Meeting

Fourteen GTF Fellows and their mentors met in Bryan, TX for the fifth annual GTF Fellows Study Meeting in August. The two-day event, designed to provide fellows with opportunities for professional development and networking, featured interactive discussions, a writing workshop, and panels of expert speakers. The second cohort of GTF Fellows proudly display [...]

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Grant Seekers FAQ


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.
  • The foundation funds:
    Within the context of the foundation’s funding principles, grant requests will be considered only from organizations operating in Texas that are tax exempt as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or certain others which have eligible tax-exempt status.
  • The Foundation will consider only one application from an organization (in the case of a college/university meaning unit or department) within a twelve month period.
  • 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.
Questions regarding the application process may be sent to the foundation’s grants manager.

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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.