Houston Grants for Space City Art, Community and Student Programs

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Houston GrantsWith well over 2 million residents, the City of Houston is not only the largest city located in Texas but also the fourth largest metro inside the United States. It should come as no surprise that there are a great deal of locally focused Houston grants available. This funding is offered by groups based in Houston that support the local community. While most support is offered to non-profit organizations, this mix of area funding comes from the city itself and from a long list of private foundations and endowments. There is at least one local program that issues grant funding to individual artists. And there are also national, state and local student grants offered by the University of Houston to incoming undergraduates.

Albert & Margaret Alkek Foundation
This foundation was created in 1995 following the death of family patriarch Albert Alkek to continue the philanthropic pursuits he supported during his life. The foundation is based in Houston and offers grant support to both local and statewide non-profit organizations. The two main areas of focus for funding are education initiatives and medical research. To apply for funding, your non-profit organization must hold 501c3 status and be based in and serving communities within the State of Texas. The application process starts with a letter of inquiry. For more information, email info@alkek.org or call 713-652-6601.

Brown Foundation
Originally founded by several members of the Brown family in 1951, this group has issued $1.34 billion in funding to date. While it does offer grants on a nationwide basis, around 80% of its support is targeted to public charities working within the State of Texas and it places a special emphasis on support in the greater Houston area. The vast majority of grant support offered by the Brown Foundation goes to support public education efforts across the state. It also funds the arts and community service projects locally. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by the foundation, but it is suggested that you submit your proposal for funding no later than four months before funds are required for your project. The foundation does not offer funding to individuals. Only 501c3 holding non-profit organizations are invited to apply and only one application per organization will be accepted each year. For more information or help with the application process, contact Executive Director Nancy Pittman by sending an email to bfi@brownfoundation.org or by calling 713-523-6867.

City of Houston
All grant funding available locally through the City of Houston is handled by the Finance Department’s Grants Management office. This includes housing and community development funding and local capital projects. Visit the city’s website to sign up to receive grants updates by email and to browse current funding opportunities available in the City of Houston. Or contact Deputy Assistant Director Gloria Moreno by calling 832-393-9005 or emailing gloria.moreno@houstontx.gov for more information.

Houston Arts Alliance
This local non-profit was founded to support tourism and quality of life in the greater Houston area. In its short history, it has already provided over $3 million in grants to 220 individuals and non-profit arts organizations. In addition to grant funding, the HAA maintains a collection of civic art. Support for organizations includes general operating support, funding for art projects and budgets for arts marketing. Support for individual artists is offered through the Individual Artist Grant program. For more information about either, email grants@haatx.com or visit the Houston Arts Alliance website.

Houston Endowment
This endowment was created in 1937 by Jesse and Mary Jones and focuses its entire support in the greater Houston area. It accepts applications year round through an online process. To apply for support, you must be a non-profit organization based in or working within Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery or Waller Counties. Funding can be used for general operating support or to pay for a specific project. For more information about this Houston-based endowment, email info@houstonendowment.org or call 713-238-8100.

University of Houston
Students looking to attend the University of Houston should definitely check out this Financial Aid Office website. This office is there to help you with your search for college grants and scholarships to attend their school. Staffers can assist you in applying for all federal student grants such as the Pell Grant and FSEOG, Texas-based programs such as the Texas Educational Grant and school specific grant opportunities such as the University of Houston grant program. You must file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA no later than April 1 to be considered for all student grant funding. It’s suggested to get on the ball early. Stop by the Bursar’s office Monday through Tuesday from 8 AM to 7 PM or Wednesday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. Give them a call at 713-743-1010 or send your email to bursar@uh.edu.

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