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Who Do We Fund?

Grantmaking policy and grant award decisions are made by the Board of Directors.

The Foundation serves the following 15 counties in the South Plains region:

  • Bailey County

  • Cochran County 

  • Crosby County

  • Dickens County

  • Floyd County

  • Garza County

  • Hale County

  • Hockley County

  • King County

  • Lamb County

  • Lubbock County

  • Lynn County

  • Motley County

  • Terry County

  • Yoakum County

The Foundation restricts support from Community Funds (unrestricted funds established by generous donors for the benefit of this community) to organizations in Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains area which are 501(c)(3) or the government equivalent. Grants may be made for start-up funding, general operating support, program support and demonstration programs. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for political purposes, to retire indebtedness or for payment of interest or taxes. To learn more about our funding impact, see our Defining Impact white paper.

All grant recipients must report on the expenditure of grant funds and results of the supported project within one year of the award. Typical grant awards range from $500 – $2,500 with $5,000 as the maximum from Community Funds. Grant applications are reviewed throughout the year. 

Field of Interest Funds make it possible for the Foundation to concentrate funding on areas of interest specified by our donors. Funding for the arts in Lubbock and Hale Counties is available through the Sybil Harrington Endowment for the Arts. Animal welfare needs are addressed through the Community Foundation of West Texas Animal Welfare Endowments. Historic Preservation needs are addressed through the E. Jay Matsler Trust for Historic Preservation

Mini-Grants for Teachers are for K-12 schools (public and private) in the South Plains area. This program provides small grants to elementary and secondary school teachers to enable them to try out creative teaching techniques and buy enriching teaching materials not provided for in school budgets.

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