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The Palacios Area Fund puts your dollars to work by supporting the ongoing needs in our community.

After 11 years of service to the Palacios community, Sally Kurtz has retired from the Palacios Area Fund. CFT could not be more grateful for Sally’s leadership, kindness, and love for Palacios and wish her and Scott all the best in their move to Nacogdoches. We are delighted to announce that a new Area Fund Coordinator, Michelle Williams, has joined CFT to oversee the Palacios Area Fund.

Michelle will maintain the following office hours:

  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Palacios Area Fund, established on March 23, 1981, is a tax exempt, nonprofit community foundation supported by donors, large and small, who care about the community of Palacios and its future. Over the years, PAF has awarded several sizable grants as well as many small grants to lend support when and where it was needed. The original gifts to establish the Palacios Area Fund and supporting funds were made by the Trull and Herlin families of Palacios. These gifts were designated for improving the quality of life for the citizens of Palacios, Texas.

Communities Foundation of Texas efficiently and effectively manages and invests our assets. The Distribution Committee, made up of local citizens, makes recommendations for using the funds wisely.    

We are fortunate to have donors like you who are passionate about Palacios Area Fund and its purpose.  Through your gifts, donations, and contributions you invest in our community and improve the lives of others. PAF puts your dollars to work by supporting the ongoing needs in our community. 

Your act of generosity, our longevity

Palacios Area Fund has been the recipient of memorials and philanthropic gifts that honor many local citizens and loved ones who have contributed to Palacios through their service in our community. By giving, you can provide long-lasting support for the Palacios Area Fund while enjoying benefits for yourself.  We can help you put your money to work. Contact us today to get started.

Would you like to support our work? Donate today.

Gifts and donations for Operation Santa Claus can be dropped off at the Palacios Area Fund office during the hours listed below.

Applications for Operation Santa Claus assistance may be obtained at the following locations in Palacios:  

  • Palacios Area Fund office, 454 B Main Street (Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Fridays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Matagorda County Precinct 3, Justice of the Peace office, at 405 Commerce Street from (Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm)

All applications must be submitted no later than November 30, 2023.  A photo ID, proof of residency, and proof of enrollment for children living in the household will be required to apply.

The Palacios Area Fund Distribution Committee Members include: Rhonda Bates, Patsy Gibson, Paul Hunt and Chairman, Lynda Richter.

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Palacios Area Fund Stats

$1.7M
CUMULATIVE TOTAL GRANTED BY PALACIOS AREA FUND
$76K
GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE AWARDED IN 2019-20
25
NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING GRANTS/ASSITANCE IN 2019-20
Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus

Palacios Area Fund’s Operation Santa Claus is the largest and oldest non-profit food and gift outreach program in Palacios. Since 1985, Operation Santa has been providing a full holiday meal and distributing wrapped Christmas gifts to community children, families and many senior citizens that are in need during the holiday.

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Let us help you invest your money wisely and put it to work in the Palacios Area. We can help you identify a gift to fit your goals. Together we can make a significant impact on our community. There is power in planning!

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