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CFT Awards $625,000 in Grants to 19 Local Nonprofits Providing Social Services

CFT Awards $625,000 in Grants to 19 Local Nonprofits Providing Social Services

Grants will support nonprofits providing a comprehensive range of services to enhance the quality of life for North Texas residents

Communities Foundation of Texas awarded $625,000 to 19 North Texas nonprofits through its 2023-2024 Social Services Community Grant opportunity.

Taking a place-based approach, CFT made grant awards to nonprofits working in specified geographic areas that are providing comprehensive services to meet their community’s unique needs. Fifty percent of nonprofits that were awarded grants are based in Southern Dallas. Grants were awarded to nonprofits focused on building neighborhood-level relationships, providing services in response to community voice or neighborhood needs.

These organizations offer a range of services relevant to their local population, focusing on community needs such as education, healthcare, economic development, youth and senior citizen programming. These nonprofits also prioritize partnering with community stakeholders and residents to identify needs and plan programming.

“Within North Texas, there are a lot of small, grassroots-focused nonprofits providing vital services within specified neighborhoods or ZIP codes,” said Celeste Arista Glover, CFT’s Senior Community Philanthropy Officer. “Taking a place-based approach to this grant funding cycle enabled us to dive deeper into the work already happening in our communities and neighborhoods. There are many nonprofits that have been established in response to community needs as they arise that are doing incredible work that need additional funds to be able to grow and scale.”

CFT centered its place-based approach on organizations focused on a specific geographic area, aiming to address issues and improve conditions within that community. These organizations often work on a range of challenges relevant to the local population. The key characteristic of a place-based nonprofit is its commitment to a defined area, working closely with local residents, stakeholders, and other organizations to create lasting, positive change in the community.

The 19 nonprofits that received funding are: AB Christian Learning CenterBonton FarmsCelebrate Forever FamiliesCornerstone Community Development CorporationDallas Community Fellowship, Dallas Leadership FoundationFor Oak CliffFoundation Communities, Frazier RevitalizationHope For YouJubilee Park & Community CenterLVTRiseMansfield Mission CenterOwenwood Farm and Neighbor SpaceParker Co. Center of HopeServe DentonThe Golden SEEDS FoundationT.R. Hoover Community Development Corporation and Wesley-Rankin Community Center.

Nonprofit grantees also consistently use and reference program data to improve offered services and programming when addressing the diverse needs of populations served. Counties covered include Dallas, Denton, Hunt, Kaufman, Parker and Tarrant County, with 50% of awardees based in Southern Dallas.

Learn more about each of the nonprofits that received funding and what grants will support below: 

Name of Organization Supported  Grant Amount Awarded  What’s Being Funded   
 

AB Christian Learning Center

 

$30,000

Located in Tarrant County, AB Christian Learning Center offers a variety of programming, including food assistance, health insurance enrollment, senior engagement and education. Services are primarily directed at families with school-aged children in the Stop Six community of southwest Fort Worth, covering 4.1 square miles.

Funding from CFT supports digital access to families through improved online, website and mobile app capabilities and supports the hire of a part-time community liaison.

 

Bonton Farms

 

$30,000

Bonton Farms, serving the Bonton neighborhood in South Dallas since 2012, offers transformative programs based on seven human essentials: transportation, education, financial tools, community, health and wellness, economic stability and housing.

Funding from CFT supports capacity building to innovate scalable solutions.

 

Celebrate Forever Families

$50,000

Celebrate Forever Families, serving Kaufman County, offers initiatives addressing health, employment, legal support, infrastructure, transportation, emergency assistance and housing.

Funding from CFT supports bilingual resources, staffing and sustainability.

 

Cornerstone Community Development Corporation

 

$30,000

Cornerstone Community Development Corporation (CCDC) has been serving the South Dallas/Fair Park community since 1996. CCDC’s programs, deeply rooted in the community, provide essential services such as meals, clothing, showers and laundry facilities, while also supporting residents with education and home repairs, fostering a goal to break the cycle of poverty.

Funding from CFT supports the distribution of food, clothing, household essentials and home repair services for seniors.

 

Dallas Community Fellowship

 

$50,000

Dallas Community Fellowship serves the Kessler Heights community within the 75216-zip code of South Oak Cliff. Initiatives aim to uplift over 3,000 poverty-stricken residents by providing essential services such as food distribution, afterschool and seniors’ programs and financial literacy education, including GED training.

Funding from CFT supports staff expenses, supplies, technology and program materials.

 

Dallas Leadership Foundation

 

$25,000

Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF) partners with neighborhoods including Owenwood, Mill City, Dolphin Heights, Jubilee Park, Ideal/TR Hoover, Fair Parks Estates, and Bertrand. DLF helps neighborhoods build a platform of relationships, leadership, partners and joint action strong enough to reduce crime, improve housing, build hope and increase residents’ opportunities in education, employment and health.

Funding from CFT supports food boxes for the South Dallas/Fair Park community and salaries for Youth Staff and Workforce Development Training.

 

For Oak Cliff

 

$30,000

For Oak Cliff (FOC) has served the South Oak Cliff community in Dallas since 2015, focusing on the “Superblock” area within the 75216-zip code. FOC’s programs are built on four main pillars: Education, Advocacy, Community Building and the Arts, utilizing a two-generation approach that simultaneously serves children and their parents.

Funding from CFT supports personnel, programming development, community outreach and maintenance of the Community Campus.

 

Foundation Communities

 

$50,000

Foundation Communities provides affordable housing directly through two apartment complexes around Pantego within Arlington. It also provides wraparound services including financial stability, healthcare services, out of school time education and basic needs assistance.

Funding from CFT supports educational opportunities for Out-of-School Time students and high-quality wraparound services for residents.

 

Frazier Revitalization

 

$30,000

Frazier Revitalization is a transformative force in the Frazier neighborhood of Dallas, focusing on revitalizing the community through strategic developments like the Hatcher Station Village. Its holistic approach encompasses real estate development, health services and educational programs, all driven by community feedback and leadership.

Funding from CFT supports positive community development, home improvements, resident empowerment, capacity building and holistic programming for children.

 

Hope For You

 

$25,000

Hope for You, based in Greenville City and serving Hunt County, provides support to individuals and families facing economic challenges, including the low-income population, seniors, veterans and domestic violence victims. Its team addresses diverse community needs through programs focused on financial assistance, education support, food assistance and more.

Funding from CFT supports upgrading emergency shelter facilities and services for financial assistance and financial education.

 

Jubilee Park & Community Center

 

$30,000

Jubilee Park & Community Center is dedicated to uplifting Southeast Dallas. Serving 2,500 residents in low-income neighborhoods, its team addresses housing, education, health, safety and economic challenges. Programs include home repairs, housing and workforce education, Out-of-School Time youth education, medical and dental care access, community safety, emergency assistance and more.

Funding from CFT supports general operations for programs to operate free of charge.

 

LVTRise

 

$30,000

LVTRise serves the Las Vegas Trail neighborhood in Fort Worth. Established in 2018, it offers programs addressing community safety, financial stability, racial equity and food insecurity.

Funding from CFT supports community safety, adult and youth education, housing, workforce development, health screenings and nutrition education.

 

Mansfield Mission Center

 

$50,000

Mansfield Mission Center has a longstanding presence in the Mansfield ISD area, serving a diverse community through a whole-person care approach. With specialized programs that cater to all demographics, from youth to seniors, it focuses on community engagement and empowerment, emphasizing mental health support alongside comprehensive service offerings.

Funding from CFT supports free onsite mental healthcare, health screenings, emergency financial assistance and food distribution.

 

Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space

 

$20,000

Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space focuses on Far East Dallas, specifically zip codes 75228 and 75227. Owenwood operates as a community hub, offering educational and support programs for seniors, youth and mothers. Key programming includes food and diaper distribution, afterschool and summer youth programming, community gardening, arts and senior engagement.

Funding from CFT supports computer lab staffing, equipment and software to allow for digital access, computer training and career building workshops.

 

Parker Co. Center of Hope

 

$30,000

Parker Co. Center of Hope supports residents facing crises, hunger and poverty. It provides essential services like food assistance, financial aid for utilities, medical and dental expenses, and counseling. The Center’s educational programs focus on financial literacy, career development and adult education, including GED and ESL classes.

Funding from CFT supports food and emergency financial assistance and materials for career and financial education programs.

 

Serve Denton

 

$25,000

Serve Denton develops and manages high-quality social service centers that offer an array of services to meet the needs of a community based on its input, demographics, service gaps and existing services.

Funding from CFT supports operations and capital funding to cover the costs of the expansions underway.

 

The Golden SEEDS Foundation

 

$30,000

The Golden SEEDS Foundation serves the neighborhood known as The Bottom within the 75203-zip code. Programs include food distribution, financial education, home ownership, engaging the community in neighborhood beautification, advocating for improved city services, code enforcement efforts and land-use planning.

Funding from CFT supports food distribution, a community garden, and financial education sessions on wills and estate planning.

 

T.R. Hoover Community Development Corporation

 

$30,000

T.R. Hoover Community Development Corporation operates in the South Dallas Ideal/Rochester Park neighborhood area. It offers a range of services, including a community grocery drive-thru, health events, job fairs, education on financial literacy, homeownership workshops, ESL classes and more.

Funding from CFT supports the salary of an on-site case manager to help deliver services to the community.

 

Wesley-Rankin Community Center

 

$30,000

Wesley-Rankin Community Center in West Dallas, serving the Los Altos neighborhood in the 75212-zip code, is dedicated to fostering community, nurturing education and empowering individuals. Programs include afterschool and summer learning, special interest clubs and the Scholars Program for youth, along with adult education and empowerment initiatives like the Adult Academy and Leadership Council.

Funding from CFT supports program staff and program expenses such as textbooks for students, materials for hands-on learning activities or technology upgrades.

 

Celeste Arista Glover
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Celeste Arista Glover
Senior Community Philanthropy Officer

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