Effective August 2019: Houston Endowment has transitioned to a new grants management system (and grantee portal) called GivingData. As a result you will no longer be able to start new applications in GMS.

As part of the transition, we will be decommissioning our former grants management system, GMS, later this year.

Please note: You will not be able to view submitted applications and reports for your organization’s previously awarded grants (i.e., funding history) in the GivingData grantee portal. If you do not have copies in your records of these documents, please log in and download them from GMS as needed before November 15, 2019.

While many of our grants are either renewal grants or grants to organizations with which we have an existing relationship, we also provide funding to organizations that have not previously received a grant from the foundation. There are two primary pathways to sharing information about your work with – and potentially receiving a grant from – Houston Endowment.


Proposals Invited by Program Staff

Houston Endowment staff members are deeply engaged in our community and are actively seeking opportunities to drive our priorities. If appropriate, this may lead them to extend invitations to eligible organizations to complete full applications in GivingData, our grant management system.

Please note that such an invitation does not guarantee funding.

Learn more about full/invited applications


Self-Initiated Inquiries

We are also open to new ideas and new partners, and we welcome inquiries from those who believe their work aligns with Houston Endowment’s priorities.

If you would like to share your idea with us, please complete a pre-application in GivingData.

The pre-application allows you to provide us with basic information so that the program team may evaluate your idea. If we think there is possible alignment with our priorities, you will be contacted and invited to complete a full application.

Please note that submitting a pre-application does not guarantee that an invitation to complete a full application will be extended.

learn more about pre-applications


Additional Notes

In order to protect the integrity of the grantmaking process, Houston Endowment respectfully requests that applicants and their representatives refrain from contacting foundation board members regarding pending or anticipated 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 or anticipated requests. Current applicants (those with full/invited applications pending) may contact Houston Endowment staff members with any questions.

We will review and reply to all inquiries submitted via GivingData in accordance with our application process as explained on this website. Please note that if you use other methods to provide information or request funding, you are unlikely to receive a response.

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 members.