NTCF’s Better Together Fund Awards More Than $800K in COVID Relief Grants to Tarrant County Nonprofits

Better Together Fund

North Texas Community Foundation announces grants totaling $811,260 have been disbursed through the Better Together Fund to 27 local nonprofits supporting people and communities experiencing hardships caused by COVID-19.

The Better Together Fund launched in early April with a $400,000 challenge grant from Wholly Guacamole! founder, Don Bowden. To date, Community Foundation fundholders and investors have collectively contributed over $840,000 to the Fund, 100% of which is being deployed to address immediate needs arising from the outbreak and long-term recovery.

The grants – ranging in size from $12,500 to $83,000 – support projects focusing on community recovery, including education, workforce development, service industry support, medical and mental health care, and other basic needs.

“In times of crisis, coordination is vital in getting critical resources to those who need them most. Our nonprofit leaders are using every resource at their disposal – including resilience, ingenuity and tenacity – to implement solutions that are making a difference,” said Rose Bradshaw, president/CEO of North Texas Community Foundation.

Funds were allocated by The Better Together Fund Grants Committee, led by Michael Appleman and including Stephanie Brentlinger, Amy Brown, Adelaide Leavens, and members of the Bowden family. Appleman, a partner at Cantey Hanger, noted, “we are grateful to North Texas Community Foundation fundholders, as well as private and corporate donors, who helped fuel this effort.”

“In the months and years ahead, North Texas Community Foundation will keep a finger on the pulse of our community by actively connecting with partner organizations and listening to our fellow North Texans,” said Bradshaw. “This Fund gives proof that we are all better, together.”


Grant recipients include:

Alliance for Children: to purchase laptops for the Crimes Against Children Units at Fort Worth Police Department and Arlington Police Department.

The Art Station: to provide onsite art therapy workshops for healthcare workers to help manage increased stress from COVID-19.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County: to provide curbside and mobile food distribution and programming.

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth: to provide financial assistance to clients served and support case management.

Community Healthcare of Texas: to purchase PPE for staff to continue serving patients in hospice care.

Community Enrichment Center: To provide rent subsidies for families living in Community Enrichment Center properties and to provide food for 100% of families that visit the organization’s food pantry.

Community Learning Center, Inc: to provide tuition relief scholarships for students entering the job training program and who have been affected by COVID-19.

Cornerstone Assistance Network: to support telehealth services to uninsured patients, food, financial assistance, and employment support for individuals and families in need.

Family Pathfinders: To provide emergency assistance to help eligible individuals and families meet basic needs, including (but not limited to) help with rent, utilities, food, gas, etc.

First Street Methodist Mission: to provide rental and utility assistance to community members in need.

Historic Southside, Inc.: to provide relief grants to restaurant and service workers experiencing financial hardship from COVID-19.

James L. West Center for Dementia Care: to purchase PPE for staff to continue serving patients and one hands-free temperature kiosk to help prevent the spread of disease.

Justin’s Place: to provide food and transportation assistance to clients in need.

The Ladder Alliance: to purchase 20 laptops and software to aid in remote learning for job training and computer literacy classes.

Meals on Wheel North Central Texas: to purchase a cargo van to assist with the increased demand of food distribution to the senior community in the 2,772 square mile, 3-county service area.

Meals on Wheel Wise County: to purchase a cargo van that will replace staff cars and an open air trailer and help with the 25% increase in food distribution to the senior community in their service area.

MHMR Visions: to provide respite care for 200 families with a baby or child that is medically fragile or has been diagnosed with a delay or disability.

Northside Inter-Community Agency: to help replenish the food pantry, replace the freezer compressor for food storage, purchase air conditioning units & fans for seniors and support staffing.

The Parenting Center: to support virtual counseling services to meet the growing demand and provide for a mobile-friendly website with scheduling portal.

Read Fort Worth: to provide summer porch visits and drive-in carnivals for Fort Worth ISD students.

Ruth’s Place: to purchase the PPE needed to re-open the community health clinic and provide food for community members in need.

SafeHaven of Tarrant County: to hire an additional High-Risk Team case manager to help reduce domestic violence deaths.

Taste Project: to support operations of the restaurant while continuing to serve those in need and for outdoor patio improvements.

Traffick911: To provide basic needs and transportation for survivors of sex trafficking and their families.

United Community Centers: to support 220 low-income students in their summer literacy program.

The Women’s Center: To provide emergency assistance for clients as well as provide critical technology needs for staff to be able to work remotely.

World Relief: to provide rental assistance, basic needs and employment services to their immigrant, refugee and asylee clients.


Donors Include:  

19/19 Investment Counsel

Karen and Larry Anfin

Anonymous (6)

Anonymous Fund

Jineen and Mike Bessire

Michele Boillotat

Bowden Family Fund

Natalie Bowen

Cindy and Jim Boyd

The Bradshaw Family

Malorie Brooks

Burr Family Charitable Fund

Linda Busdiecker

James Capp

Stefanie Cenkus

Brittany Christian

Rita and Cleve Clinton

Whitfield J. Collins Charitable Fund

Conerly Family Fund

Doss Foundation Fund

Esch Family Charitable Fund

Shelley Flores

Randall Ford

Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy Charitable Fund

Leann Guzman

GWR Foundation Fund

Angela Hall

Jane Walker Hardwick Charitable Fund

Robert and Linda Herchert Charitable Fund

International Children’s Fund

Christina Judge

Pat and Melanie Kennedy

Doug and Gina Kinsey

Ellison and Edward Lasater Charitable Fund

Mollie L. and Garland M. Lasater, Jr. Charitable Fund

Erma Lee

Martha V. Leonard Fund

Cathy Lewis

Garrett March

Kim Mason

The Meadows Foundation

Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation

Deanna and Rob Miller

Charles B. Milliken

David E. Minor Family Foundation

Sally P. and Scott W. Mooring III Charitable Fund

Ryan Park

Patel Gaines, PLLC

Laurie Pierce

Malyn Powers

Chuck and Kathleen Primm

Walter and Lori Rainwater Fund

Tracy Rector & Greg Fitzgerald Charitable Fund

Carol Roark

Sara Robison

The Satori Foundation Inc.

Catherine Schmuck

Christina Sears

Susan Shaw

Cathy R. and Scott Sheffield Charitable Fund

Jessica Siegel

Destiny Silva

Patsy B. Small

Ken Smith and Susan Swan Smith

Nancy and John Snyder Foundation

Christina Tomerlin

Cynthia Vandersleen

Sara Weaver

Wells Fargo Foundation

Kristine Williams

Donna and Dennis Winborn Charitable Fund

Jack W. and Paula J. Winter Charitable Fund


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