Houston Endowment accepts proposals throughout the year – applicants are encouraged to speak with a program officer to discuss application timelines. Proposals must be submitted via the online Grant Management System, which can be accessed through the link below.

Step One: Review your organization’s eligibility.

Step Two: Review our current focus areas, funding criteria and frequently asked questions.

Step Three: Prepare to complete a pre-application or full application by reviewing our application checklists and logging on to the Grant Management System (GMS).

Pre-Application Checklist
Full Application Checklist

Refer to our Guide to Using GMS for detailed information on how to access the Grant Management System, including creating and managing login credentials and troubleshooting issues.

Review Process

Program officers conduct due diligence on each full grant application in order to learn more about the organization or entity requesting funding and the nature of the request. Requests for funding are typically reviewed by the entire program team, which makes funding recommendations based upon a number of factors, including alignment with Houston Endowment’s current grantmaking priorities and the strength of the proposal. Funding recommendations are reviewed by foundation leadership and voted on by the Board of Directors during four grantmaking meetings throughout the calendar year.

In order to protect the integrity of the grantmaking process, Houston Endowment respectfully requests that applicants and their representatives refrain from contacting Board members regarding pending grant requests. It is Houston Endowment’s policy that Board members refrain from participating in site visits or otherwise engaging with applicants or their representatives regarding pending requests.


Under certain circumstances, organizations will be asked to answer a few general questions as the first step in the submission process. This “pre-application” allows organizations to provide basic information so that Endowment staff can ensure alignment with Houston Endowment’s grantmaking interests and restrictions. If there is possible alignment, the organization will be asked to complete the full application.

Circumstances in which a pre-application is required:

  • The organization is applying to Houston Endowment for the first time
  • The organization has not received a grant from Houston Endowment within the past three years
  • The organization’s last two requests to Houston Endowment have been declined
  • The proposed work does not benefit the people of Harris County or its contiguous counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties)
  • The applicant is routed to the pre-application through the online Grant Management System
  • A foundation staff person/program officer requests a pre-application


Organizations should submit pre-applications through the online Grant Management System, and will typically receive a response by email within six weeks. Houston Endowment prefers to receive no more than one pre-application from an organization within a 12-month period.

Click here to access a checklist for applicants completing a pre-application.

Full Application

In some cases, organizations requesting funding may be routed to a full application by our online grant management system. In such cases, applicants must still speak with a program officer to discuss the grant application.

A new request for funding will not be considered active until the applying organization has spoken with a program officer to discuss potential eligibility and alignment.

Click here to access a checklist for applicants completing a full application.

Additional Notes

  • Applicants will receive acknowledgment via email confirming receipt of online submissions
  • The foundation will contact applicants to request any additional information needed
  • All applicants will be notified via email about funding decisions
  • The staff will not provide feedback about improving grant applications after a funding decision has been made


Please click here to access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Houston Endowment grant application process, including eligibility and timelines, additional information about completing funding applications and information about contacting Houston Endowment staff.