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The North Texas Community Foundation along with donors, civic leaders and other community
partners focus on improving the lives of children and families in our region through a variety of measures.


Children are a vulnerable population, and sadly many kids in Texas are not safe even in their own homes. In 2014, Tarrant County had more confirmed cases of abuse and neglect than any other jurisdiction in the state. The North Texas Community Foundation’s Martin H. and Helen M. Wikierak Memorial Fund for Abused Children is the legacy of the Wikieraks, who established a permanent trust to assist abused and battered children in Tarrant County. The Don and Barbara Kirk Endowment Fund supports nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of at-risk children in the greater Tarrant County area. The goal of the Kirk Endowment Fund is to empower at-risk children to overcome the difficulty and challenges they face to become successful members of society.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations (under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code) serving Tarrant counties in the areas of children and youth who have been battered or abused. Grants will provide general operating support in the amount of $5,000 per agency.

The 2017 Child Welfare Grant Cycle opened on Monday, March 6, 2017. Funding is available through the Don and Barbara Kirk Endowment Fund and the Martin H. and Helen M. Wikierak Memorial Fund for Abused Children.

  • RFP Announcement – Monday, March 6
  • Proposal Deadline – Friday, March 31
  • Proposals to Review Committee – Monday, April 3
  • Proposal Review – Wednesday, April 5
  • Grant Recipients Announced – Thursday, April 13

For more information about the fund, please contact Angela White at awhite@northtexascf.org or call 817.877.0702.