The North Texas Community Foundation supports land conservation efforts
in our region through the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund.
Established at the North Texas Community Foundation in 2013, The Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund has awarded over $190,000 to land conservation efforts. Grants are awarded for the preservation of North Texas area ranchland and open-space land utilized for agricultural purposes, wildlife, or botanical resources. In addition, the fund supports programs providing education regarding the importance of protection of the land and natural resources.
Grant amounts are based on project scope and need within a range of $5,000-$25,000 per organization.
Funding is available for agencies, as well as land trusts, engaged in land conservation and/or education efforts in the following counties: Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Young, Jack, Denton, Wise, Hood, Somervell, Bosque, and Hill. 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).
The Animal Welfare and Land Conservation Grant Cycle will open in September 2020. Grants will be awarded in November.
For more information about the fund, please contact Garrett March at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817.877.0702.
Anita Berry Martin
In the 1960s and 70s, Mrs. Martin attained professional success in the male-dominated sphere of computer systems engineering. Her personal interests in genetics fueled her second career in Arabian horse breeding. Her enterprise, Greystone Arabians, became one of the premier Arabian breeding and show horse ranches in the country. Mrs. Martin worked with various Arabian horse organizations to support Cook Children’s Hospital. Based on her professional background and personal interests, close family members recommended that the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund award grants to agencies in North Texas that provide services in support of land conservation, equine therapy or equine welfare.
2019 Grantees: $110,720
- Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society: To produce the Second Annual May Training Challenge and Adoption Event.
- Camp Fire First Texas: To provide funding for Title 1 schools to attend the Texas Outdoor Education Center.
- Camp Summit, Inc.: To add a 40 acre grassy pasture as second grazing area for horses.
- Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: To help protect, conserve, and re-establish native Texas habitat through juniper management and planting native grass.
- Humane Society of North Texas: To restore pastures and hay fields to allow for better grazing and hay production.
- National Wildlife Federation: To help the recovery of monarch butterflies through empowering Fort Worth ISD students, teachers and community members to create milkweed habitats.
- Parker County Sheriff’s Reserve: To provide specialized veterinary services for abused and neglected horses in Parker County.
- Riding Unlimited: To replace wood fencing.
- River Legacy Foundation: To support educational programming for the approximately 14,700 children who attend Field Investigations each year.
- Stars and Strides Therapeutic Riding Center: To assist in the overall care of the horses including veterinary and farrier expenses.
- S.T.E.P.S. with Horses: To expand free equine assisted counseling services for veterans and their family members.
- Wings of Hope: To support the horses and provide for new tack.