and Criteria

Basic Eligibility

To receive Houston Endowment funding, organizations must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

  • The submitting organization is a 501(c)(3) organization described in section 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This includes public charities, governmental organizations, and eligible supporting organizations.
    • Organizations will be reviewed throughout the process to verify eligibility.
  • The concept will benefit the people of Greater Houston, including Harris County and its contiguous counties:
    • Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.

Funding Criteria

We seek partners who are driving outcomes that align with and can contribute to our current priorities and goals.

We consider the results that the applicant seeks to achieve, the applicant’s capacity to produce those results and how those results drive our priorities.

As part of our due diligence process, we consider whether the proposed approach is likely to be effective and/or provide a significant opportunity to advance the field; if there is a deep engagement with those whom the entity serves; and if a commitment to defining clear goals and tracking results, learning and adapting, and sharing results and learnings with others is evident.