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$1.5M+ Awarded to 41 Local Nonprofit Organizations to Advance Equity

$1.5M+ Awarded to 41 Local Nonprofit Organizations to Advance Equity

Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation partner to fund programs and services for historically disenfranchised communities

Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation announce the recipients of their 2023-2024 Equity Fund Cycle Grants. In total, the two community foundations awarded $1.57M in grants to 41 nonprofit organizations.

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) and The Dallas Foundation (TDF) announce the recipients of their 2023-2024 Equity Fund Cycle Grants. In total, the two community foundations awarded $1.57M in grants to 41 nonprofit organizations in North Texas working to accelerate equity in communities that have been historically and systematically disenfranchised.

Grant funding from Communities Foundation of Texas prioritized North Texas nonprofit organizations that focus on advancing equity and building community power through civic engagement, narrative change, and/or coalition building and community organizing. Nonprofit grantees address diverse issues ranging from environmental equity, health equity, LGBTQ+ rights, human and civil rights, disability rights, and racial equity. These nonprofits also prioritize centering community voice in decision-making, recognizing the residents they work with as key stakeholders.

The Dallas Foundation’s Racial Equity Fund Grants invested in nonprofit organizations located in Dallas County working in the areas of housing and neighborhood infrastructure; economic empowerment; workforce development; education; civic participation; and health.

“Investing in organizations that are fostering and building equity across Greater Dallas is foundational to our work and critical to our mission of ensuring individuals and families can reach their full potential,” said Julie Diaz, President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “These grantees, who were selected from a very large pool of applicants, are driving real, measurable transformation and shaping the future of Greater Dallas for generations to come.”

CFT and TDF launched the common equity grant application to simplify the process for nonprofit organizations while also expanding the reach and influence of the available funding.

“Communities Foundation of Texas is committed to advancing equity as one of our strategic priorities to fulfill our mission and achieve the vision of building thriving communities for all. We truly believe we can accomplish more when we collaborate to fund needs in our community together, and it makes it easier on the nonprofits who are seeking funding for their work,” said Wayne White, president and CEO at Communities Foundation of Texas.

The Dallas Foundation’s Racial Equity Fund is made possible through generous donations from NexPoint Philanthropies, the Reis-Bisor Foundation, and The Dallas Foundation’s Community Impact Fund, among many others.

CFT’s equity grants were made possible by the generous support and legacy of more than 20 charitable funds established at CFT by local individuals and families, including the Sammons Foundation Fund, the Mabel Peters Caruth Fund, and the Katie Foundation Fund.


Communities Foundation of Texas’ 2023-24 Equity Fund Grantees include:

 

CAUSE AREA &
Organization Name  
Grant Amount   Designation  
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS 
Dallas Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
$30,000 A Cry for Justice and a Call to Action
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS 
Dallas Chinese Community Center
$10,000 Promoting Civic Duties and Civic Engagement in Election Year
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS 
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
$30,000 Upstander Partnership
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS Fair Elections Center $32,000 Campus Vote Project – Dallas Metro Area
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS 
March to the Polls
$50,000 Increasing Electoral Participation by Youth and People of Color
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS 
Urban Leaders Fellowship
$30,000 Developing a Pipeline of Diverse Public Servants in Dallas
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS (ARTS) 
Decolonizing the Music Room
$20,000 Music Education and Performance Programs
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS (ARTS) 
Friends of Garland’s Historic Magic 11th Street
$10,000 Programming, personnel and costs for obtaining a Texas Historical Marker
HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS (ARTS) 
Teatro Dallas
$18,000 La Pizca-A Bilingual Touring Project about Undocumented Youth Working in Agriculture
DISABILITY RIGHTS 
North Texas Disability Chamber
$15,000 North Texas Disability Community Forums
ENVIRONMENTAL EQUITY 
Downwinders at Risk Education Fund
$25,000 Spanish-Language Environmental Justice Organizer
HEALTH EQUITY 
Abide Women’s Health Services, Inc
$25,000 Advancing Equity in Maternal Health
HEALTH EQUITY 
BRAVE/R Together
$30,000
Braver Together 76104
$30,000 Braver Together 76104
HEALTH EQUITY 
Joppy Momma’s Farm
$10,000 The JMF Learning Kitchen and Classroom Project
HEALTH EQUITY 
The Afiya Center
$40,000 An Unapologetic Quest to Protect and Save Black Women’s Lives
LGBTQ RIGHTS 
Dallas Hope Charities
$25,000 Collective Hope Coalition
LGBTQ RIGHTS 
Equality Texas Foundation
$33,000 Equality Texas Engagement (North Texas)
RACIAL EQUITY (ECONOMIC SECURITY) 
Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC)
$40,000 The DEC Network Innovation Center
RACIAL EQUITY (ECONOMIC SECURITY) 
Every Texan
$30,000 Advancing Equity and Outcomes through the People’s Budget
RACIAL EQUITY (ECONOMIC SECURITY) 
Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center
$50,000 Building Wealth Strategies for Families Low-Income Families Living in South Dallas
RACIAL EQUITY (EDUCATION) 
African American Education Archives
$15,000 Changing the Race Narrative
RACIAL EQUITY (EDUCATION) 
BH 365 Education Foundation
$10,000 Black History 365 Education Foundation Project
RACIAL EQUITY (EDUCATION) 
Child Care Associates
$35,000 The North Texas Early Educator Workforce Analysis & Needs Assessment
RACIAL EQUITY (EDUCATION) 
Dallas Afterschool Network
$25,000 DASN Professional Development
RACIAL EQUITY (EDUCATION) 
Educational First Steps
$25,000 Four Steps to Excellence
RACIAL EQUITY (EDUCATION) 
National Alliance for Partners for Equity (NAPE)
$37,500 Student Voice and Community Engagement Resource Guide
RACIAL EQUITY 
BoardBuild
$25,000 Building Community Voice on Boards
RACIAL EQUITY 
Opening Doors International Services
$30,000 Removing Access Barriers to Immigration Legal Services
RACIAL EQUITY 
Project Unity
$25,000 Together We Dine
RACIAL EQUITY 
Remembering Black Dallas Inc.
$19,000 Historical Site Markers

In total, CFT granted $800,000 to 30 local nonprofits. 

Learn more about the details of what each of CFT’s grants will support here.


The Dallas Foundation’s 2023-24 Racial Equity Fund Grantees include:

 

CAUSE AREA &
Organization Name  
Grant Amont Designation  
EDUCATION
AT LAST!, Inc.
$50,000 AT LAST!, Inc.
HEALTH
Community Does It
$75,000 General operating support for Cuenta Conmigo Center for Family Mental Health Services
HEALTH
Texas Trees Foundation
$100,000 Trees for All: Community-based, Equity-focused Tree Planting to Better Social Determinants of Health
CIVIC PARTICIPATION
Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
$50,000 Racial Justice Community of Practice
CIVIC PARTICIPATION
Advocate Foundation Inc
$100,000 Dallas Free Press
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Founders First Community Development Corporation
$50,000 Accelerate Texas
HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE 
Act (Advocates for Community Transformation
$70,000 Legal Advocacy and Community Development for Safer, More Equitable Neighborhoods
HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE 
Dallas Eviction Advocacy Center
$100,000 Pro Bono Legal Defense for Tenants Facing Eviction
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Dallas Education Foundation
$51,250 Call Me MISTER
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
$100,000 The Empowered CEO
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The Walls Project
$25,000 The Walls Project Culture Club Afterschool and Juneteenth Day of Service

In total, The Dallas Foundation granted $771,250 to 11 local nonprofits.

To read more about our partnership for 2022-2023’s Equity Grantees, click here.

Candace Thompson
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Candace Thompson
Community Philanthropy Officer

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