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2018-2020 Cycle: Building Nonprofit Capacity
to Combat Poverty in Our Neighborhoods

The North Texas Community Foundation joined fundholders, nonprofits, and community partners at The Fort Worth Club on April 26 to award nearly $316,000 in grants to 33 area nonprofits for the 2018 ToolBox Grants Program. Congrats to each nonprofit selected! Click here to view photos from the event.

ToolBox Grants provide Tarrant County-based nonprofit organizations with capacity building grants to improve their strength and stability. Capacity building projects address organizational effectiveness, leadership development, or operational efficiency, and are intended to be one-time, transformative investments. ToolBox Grants do not fund programs or general operations.

The 2018-2020 grant cycle is focusing on nonprofits serving the neighborhoods with the highest poverty levels in Tarrant County. Recent City of Fort Worth research, coupled with the Community Foundation’s report, Growing Up in North Texas, highlights the many ways in which multi-dimensional poverty (e.g. scarcity in education, health, income and employment) impacts local families. Specific neighborhoods in our community are disproportionately affected by the compounding impacts of poverty.

Applicant Categories

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in Tarrant County
  • Neighborhood associations in target neighborhoods (must have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor)

Nonprofit Focus Areas

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health (physical or mental)
  • Housing
  • Community Enrichment (arts, culture, beautification, etc)
  • Small organizations (Budget under $200K)                   $2,500-$7,500
  • Large organizations (Budget over $200K)                    $7,500-$15,000
  • Neighborhood associations (Budget under $20K)           $500-$1,000

Note: The request for ToolBox funding should represent 50-100% of the total cost of the project. See FAQ for further information.

  • Projects must address:
    • Organizational effectiveness
    • Leadership development
    • Operational efficiency
  • Projects must be linked to the organization’s capacity to make a significant difference in one or more of the target neighborhoods
  • Click the link below to read the full RFP for examples of eligible capacity building projects and additional information

December 21, 2018 – RFP Released to Nonprofits

January  –   Nonprofit Orientation

February 8, 2019  –  Deadline to Submit Letter of Intent (LOI)

March 22, 2019  –  Proposal Deadline

April  –  Award Notification

April  –  ToolBox Celebration



If you have any questions, please contact Garrett March
at gmarch@northtexascf.org or call 817.877.0702.

2014-2016 Cycle:
Giving Our Children the Tools to Succeed

The focus of the 2014-2016 cycle was the early learning sector. These grants allowed organizations to provide high-quality early learning opportunities to the children of Tarrant County. Through this investment, the North Texas Community Foundation aimed to improve outcome for children and produce lasting benefits for our community.

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