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The Foundation carries out two grantmaking cycles each year. Grant applications first require submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) via our online portal, which may be submitted at any time during the year.
LOIs received by January 21, 2022 will be considered during our Spring 2022 grantmaking cycle. LOIs received after this date will be considered during the Fall 2022 grantmaking cycle.

An LOI is a brief summary of the work for which you are seeking funding. We aim to learn the mission and work of your organization, what you are seeking to achieve with grant funding and why you are seeking funds now. To see what is requested on the LOI form, click here.

After reviewing your LOI, if the Board believes a full proposal is warranted, you will receive an invitation to submit a grant application approximately four weeks after the date noted above. To see what is requested on the Application form, click here.


To submit an LOI, log in to our online portal. If you don’t have an account, you will need to first create one, then log in.

You will be able to preview the LOI form, fill it out, save your work in process, and submit your completed form. If your organization has received funding from the Foundation in the past, you will also be able to view past grants.


The Foundation’s primary areas of geographic focus are Texas and southwestern Colorado. We accept LOIs for work outside these regions by invitation only. If the work you are proposing is not in these areas, but you feel the work aligns strongly with the Foundation’s goals, you may contact Elizabeth Love.

Additionally, in its work to support community parks and animal care facilities, the Foundation focuses on greater Houston, central Texas and southwestern Colorado and accepts LOIs from outside these areas by invitation only.


The Foundation provides different types of support, including operating, project and capital grants. We are open to providing operating or project grants for terms of up to two years at a time. We typically provide just one grant toward a capital campaign.

We understand that some prior grantees may have anticipated submitting a renewal application for an upcoming grantmaking cycle. We have adjusted our processes to enable providing multi-year grants in lieu of annual renewals. We respectfully request that you proceed with the LOI process as outlined above. If you have questions, please contact Deborah Mueller.
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