Latitude Fund

The purpose of the Latitude Fund is to provide quick-turnaround grants of $2,500 to $7,500 to support unbudgeted opportunities that enhance internal capacity, functioning and impact of grassroots groups working on environmental and reproductive justice in Texas.


Eligible applicants include 501(c)3 or fiscally sponsored grassroots, community-based groups based in Texas with budgets of approximately $500,000 or less that lead with a justice lens and whose work aligns with one of the Foundation’s focus areas: environmental justice and conservation, reproductive rights and justice, parks and open space, environmental education, and animal welfare. In addition, small groups that would like to adopt a justice lens may be eligible to apply if the requested funds are intended to support such a shift. Groups need not be current or past JTHF grantees to apply.


Latitude Fund grants are intended to support the following types of time-sensitive internal organizational needs:

  • Leadership trainings and executive coaching
  • Specialized consultants or facilitators
  • Opportunities to “seize the moment”
  • Self-care and healing practices

Examples of needs that would not qualify include:

  • Ongoing operational expenses such as payroll or rent
  • Core programming/day-to-day programming
  • Longer-term activities that could be addressed through JTHF’s regular grantmaking cycles
  • Disaster relief activities*
  • Activities that are typically outside the Foundation’s scope, such as fundraising events


The Latitude Fund Committee, composed of individuals who have served as grassroots leaders, is charged with making grant award decisions.

Committee members include:

If you would like to apply for a Latitude Fund grant, please contact Elizabeth Love or Carolina Salmeron to see if you are eligible.  Eligible groups will be asked to complete a short application form. If a grant is awarded, we estimate that the time from application submission to payment will be between two to six weeks.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until fund depletion. This is a pilot project – we may change the process as we learn how it might be improved; if you won’t be starting the process today, please check back here for possible updates before you begin.


*The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation provided rapid-response funding to several frontline partners following the recent derecho storm in Houston and would consider similar funding in the wake of future climate disasters. This type of funding is distinct from what is offered through the Latitude Fund.