THE FLEETWOOD MEMORIAL FOUNDATION FUND
Over the past 38 years, the Fleetwood Foundation has provided grants of
more than $4 million to officers and their families.
In 1974, W.I. Fleetwood established the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation to provide immediate financial assistance to certified Texas law enforcement or fire protection personnel who are injured or killed in the line of duty. Over the past 43 years, the Fleetwood Foundation has provided grants of more than $4 million to officers and their families.
In 2012, the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund became part of the North Texas Community Foundation, continuing the Fund’s vital legacy.
Requests for financial assistance will be reviewed by members of the Community Foundation based on the information on the application form and on independent inquiries made by the Foundation.
All requests for assistance will be evaluated based on need and circumstances, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion or gender. Please respond to all applicable questions in the application.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is the purpose of the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation’s grants?
A. The grants provide immediate financial aid to certified Texas law enforcement or fire protection personnel who are injured or killed in the line of duty, as well as their families. The grants are designed to cover the immediate expenses that arise in times of crisis. The funds provide support for a short duration, and are not intended as long-term support. The grants help cover the time between the incident and the establishment of more permanent monetary benefits that may be available from various other sources.
Q. How does one apply for injury or death grants?
A. In case of the death or injury of a Texas Peace Officer (as defined by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, TCLEOSE) or the death or injury of a Texas Firefighter, grants must be submitted by the department the individual was working for at the time of the incident.
Q. How does one apply for educational grants?
A. In the case of an educational grant and other benefits are not available, the North Texas Community Foundation will consider a grant to retrain the injured personnel if they are officially (by QUALIFIED medical opinion) declared permanently unable to perform the duties of their previous employment as a peace officer or firefighter. The amount of each grant will be considered on an individual basis by the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation.
Q. How does one apply for higher educational grants for dependent children of Texas Peace Officers or fire personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty?
A. Educational grants will be considered by the North Texas Community Foundation for students that qualify under Chapter 54, Sections 54.204 or Section 54. 2041, of the Texas Education Code for the State of Texas. Basically, these sections provide for a waiver of fees and tuition from Texas universities for the dependent children of any Texas Peace Officers and fire personnel killed or disabled in the line of duty. The Fleetwood Memorial Foundation grants will provide funds for a portion of their living expenses as long as the student meets the qualifications under Chapter 54, Sections 54.204 & 54.2041 of the Texas Education Code as is the student does not have to attend a state supported institution to be considered for a grant. The amount of the grant considered may change from time to time by a decision of the Board of Directors of the North Texas Community Foundation. The full text on Chapter 54, Sections 54.204 and 54.2041 of the Texas Education Code can be found on this website or by going to the official website of the State of Texas and searching for the Texas Education Code.
Q. What is considered “in the line of duty?”
A. The North Texas Community Foundation considers grants for death and injuries that are as a result of the hazardous nature of the duties of peace and fire personnel. “Line of Duty” does not automatically mean simply “on duty.” No injuries considered normal workers’ compensation will be considered, such as slips and falls unrelated to the hazardous nature of duty, strains from normal exercise and vehicle accidents not related to hazardous duties.
Q. What are the amounts of monetary grants for a death or injury in the line of duty?
A. The amount of each grant considered by the North Texas Community Foundation can change from time to time. The fluctuation could be because of the family circumstances of the injured or deceased personnel. For instance, the death of a peace officer that had no immediate family would not generate as much grant consideration as an officer that had an immediate family of a spouse and two children. Each grant application is considered independently based on the unique nature of the grant request. The amount of each grant could be affected by the varying amounts available for grants from the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund.
If you have any questions please email Cecilia Saldivar or call 817.877.0702.