Grants

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of the citizens of Texas by providing support to qualified organizations in the areas of education, civic and community, health and human services, science and research, and arts and culture.   It funds special projects of other nonprofit 501(c)(3) endeavors and public entities. Unsolicited grant requests are restricted to organizations based in the Greater Dallas area.

Contact Information

The Harry W. Bass, Jr Foundation
4809 Cole Ave., Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75205
214-599-0300
214-599-0405 (fax)

Electronic grant applications should be submitted to dcalhoun@hbrf.org (no file attachments, please). A printed copy of the application should follow all electronic submittals.

Administrative staff

F. David Calhoun
Executive Director
The Directors of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation have established a grants budget of $1 million for 2009. We will continue to seek grant-making opportunities in our five areas of high interest: education, civic and community, health and human services, science and research, and arts and culture.

 

Grant Application Guidelines

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of the citizens of Texas by providing support to qualified organizations.  Under the terms of its charter, the foundation can distribute grants only to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) charities. The Foundation neither lends nor grants money to individuals.

Grants are made in these five areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Civic and Community
  • Science and Research
  • Health and Human Services
  • Education

Grant applications for specific programs or projects, capital projects or, less often, general operations are considered. Endowment gifts are rare. The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation also considers program-related investments as part of its grant-making activities.

The foundation strives to be responsive to the needs of all eligible organizations and considers requests of any amount. There is no formal application form. Grant requests are accepted at any time throughout the year. Each organization is limited to one application within a twelve-month period. Requests are usually processed within three to four months. For more information, contact the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation.

In the event a grant is approved, the recipient organization will be unable to submit another grant request for two years due to the foundation policy of not providing subsequent year grants.

The Foundation looks for one or more of the following conditions in an application:

  • Foundation support would be vital or catalytic to a proposed project's success
  • A collaborative network exists that multiplies the impact of the grant
  • The proposed project is likely to continue and expand after the grant period
  • The proposal is innovative and efficient in its use of funds
  • Expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies or groups
  • The project is well-planned
  • The project promotes better human relationships and a sense of community

In general, grants are not made for purposes of:

  • Church or seminary construction
  • Annual fundraising events or general sustentation drives
  • Professional conferences and symposia
  • Out-of-state performances or competition expenses
  • To other private foundations

Applications should include:

  • A copy of the determination letter from the IRS showing it is a tax-exempt organization under 501 (c)(3) dated within the last five years.
  • A brief history of the organization and its work
  • A concise description of the proposed program
  • The specific request to the Foundation and date payment is needed
  • A list of all entities asked to give financial support to the proposed project (including their responses to date and dollar amount committed)
  • A project budget with both income and expenses, as well as plans to support the project after the grant period
  • Specific plans to evaluate the project
  • A list of trustees or directors and corporate officers that includes profession, ethnicity and gender
  • The number of times each year that the Executive Committee and/or Board meet
  • Names and qualifications of staff involved with the proposed project
  • The organization's last year and current year-to-date financial statements
  • The last IRS Form 990 filed
  • A copy of the latest verification of tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service under Section 170 of the IRS Code

A grant contract will be executed before a grant is made and a report to the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation on the accomplishments of the grant at the end of the project is required. Submit only one unbound application. The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation discourages pre-application meetings, preferring to schedule any necessary meetings after receiving an application.

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation accepts applications submitted over the Internet, but cannot guarantee the confidentiality of information contained in electronic submittals. Submit Internet grant applications to dcalhoun@hbrf.org (no file attachments, please). A printed copy of the application should follow all electronic submittals.

Please address grant correspondence to:

Grants Department
Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation
4809 Cole Ave., Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75205
214-599-0300
214-599-0405 (fax)