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Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) believes investing in healthcare access helps build a thriving North Texas. 

CFT is seeking grant applications from organizations working to support access to affordable and attainable hearing, vision, and dental care.

CFT's 2023 Health Grant will prioritize organizations that:

  • serve pediatric populations defined as ages 0-18 or older adults over 65 years of age.
  • serve populations facing barriers to accessing dental, vision, and hearing exams and treatment.
  • have clear protocols and partnerships to ensure clients receive the appropriate level of escalating care, when needed.
  • advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization and/or in their programming. 

Funding Levels:

CFT will award grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations who support health and wellness through dental, vision, or audiology clinical services. The grant application opened Friday February 17, 2023 and closed Friday March 24, 2023. Grant notifications will be made in June 2023. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

See below for our eligibility requirements.

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Nonprofit organizations that meet all of the following requirements are eligible to apply for Health Grants: 

  • Have been in existence as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization for at least two years as of February 1, 2023 and are currently in good standing with the IRS
  • ​Operate programs that target North Texas, defined as at least 50% of the population served residing in one or more of following counties: Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Montague, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise
  • Operate or seek to launch programs that provide access to preventative and therapeutic services in one or more of the following areas:
    • Dental care: Includes preventive dental care, therapeutic care, orthodontics and/or oral surgery.
    • Vision care: Includes vision screenings, comprehensive exams, glasses and contacts fittings, and/or surgical procedures for visual impairment.
    • Audiology care: Includes hearing screenings, diagnostic exams, hearing aid fittings and/or surgical procedures to treat or prevent hearing loss.
    • Financial Assistance: The program should clearly demonstrate that funds will be used for hearing, vision and/or dental services. It is recommended that the funds are paid directly to the clinical services provider. 

  • Individuals
  • ​For-profit businesses
  • Non-US based organizations
  • Church and religious organizations’ programs that are focused on evangelism 

How do I apply?

Proposals were accepted through an online submission form. You can reference the application under Resources on the right side of the page. 

Application closed on Friday, March 24.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We will not have a webinar for this grant opportunity. We encourage you to read through the FAQs for clarifying information. If you still have questions, please sign up for office hours and we’d be happy to discuss them:

An organization is not required to meet the funding priorities to apply but must meet all other eligibility requirements. However, organizations that meet any of the funding priorities will be prioritized for grant funding. 

Yes, if you meet the eligibility requirements you may apply for a grant.  

Yes, provided you have clear protocols and partnerships to ensure clients receive the appropriate level of escalating care when needed and you meet the eligibility requirements.

Your program is eligible if your funds directly offset costs for clinical services, such as co-pays or direct payments.  You must clearly describe how you select individuals to receive assistance and if the funds will be directly paid to the clinical provider or other entity.  Programs that offer financial assistance for a variety of health-related services must be able to demonstrate that these funds will be used for hearing, vision and/or dental services.

At our discretion, we may elect to fund the full or partial amount of your request.

If you’d like to discuss your project with a program officer before you apply, please schedule office hours:

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