The New Braunfels Community Foundation is currently not accepting any grant requests.
As a community foundation, the NBACF does not limit its discretionary grant making to a particular field or area of interest. Rather, it seeks to support the entire range of needs in the New Braunfels area. This information addresses discretionary grants, which are made from the earnings of the Unrestricted Funds and the Field-of-Interest Funds of the community foundation.
Because the community foundation’s resources are limited, the directors are required to make judgments based on relative need and potential impact. Preference is given to applications that:
- Enable charitable agencies to perform essential services that reduce costs, increase efficiency, become more self-sufficient, and strengthen internal management capabilities;
- Demonstrate strong volunteer involvement and broad community support and significantly strengthen the capacity of existing institutions to reach a broader segment of the community;
- Are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups and those that promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and eliminate duplication of services.
Each year the community foundation will receive more worthy requests than can be supported. Therefore, the directors normally will not consider:
- A proposal that has been declined within the last 12 months unless there has been a significant change;
- A proposal from an organization that has not submitted a full financial report of a previous grant.
In general, the Foundation will not grant funds to the following types of organizations or projects:
- Political lobbying or legislative activities.
- Establishment or enhancement of endowments.
- Debt retirement, deficit financing, reduction of an operating deficit or liquidation of debt, or replenishment of resources used to pay for such purposes.
- Courtesy advertising, benefit tickets, telephone solicitations. General solicitation letters will not be acknowledged.
- Umbrella funding organizations for distribution of the requested funds at their own discretion.
- Organizations located outside the New Braunfels area.
To be eligible for funding, the applying organization must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as defined in Section 509(a)(1) and/or Section 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) or Section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or affiliated with a nonprofit organization, or a governmental unit. Individuals are not eligible applicants.
- Use grant funds within and for the benefit of residents and communities of the three counties of the New Braunfels area.
Grant-Making Funding Cycle – Important Dates
The New Braunfels Area Community Foundation follows the calendar below for considering and funding applications of eligible organizations:
- September 1 – Deadline for applicants to submit an Executive Summary
- September 25 – Applicants receive invitations to submit formal Grant Proposals
- October 10 – Grant proposals due
- December 1 – Awards granted
The NBACF Grants Committee reviews executive summaries of grant requests submitted by the September 1 deadline. The executive summary is a one- to two-page document that provides an overview of the grant request. It should include the scope of the project, amount of grant sought, timelines, and other funding solicited and/or received. After reviewing the Executive Summaries of projects, the Grants Committee then invites potential grant seekers to submit a formal grant proposal.
The invitation to submit a formal proposal does not indicate that a grant will be awarded. Conversely, if an invitation is not extended to a grant seeker, it is not to be intended as a reflection on the worthiness of a project. It could merely be due to limited funds available relative to the amount of the grant requested. Executive Summaries can be mailed to the address below, or can be e-mailed to info@NBACF.org.
Grant Proposal Guidelines
If an applicant’s Executive Summary is accepted by the Grants Committee, the applicant will be invited by September 25 to submit a formal Grant Proposal. In general, form is less important than content. Typically, a proposal should not exceed eight pages (not including attachments) and should include the following:
- Cover Letter
- Summary of Request
- Background of Organization
- Problem Definition
- Project Objectives
- Methods for Achieving Objectives
- Evaluation and Measurement of Project Success
- Future and/or Other Funding
- Project Budget and Narrative
- Supporting Tax and Financial Documentation
Submit Formal Proposal by October 10 to:
New Braunfels Area Community Foundation
801 West San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
If a grant seeker is invited to submit a formal request, a member of the community foundation staff and/or a member of the grants committee should be invited for a site visit of the organization requesting the grant.
Proof of Funds Expenditure
If a grant is awarded to a grant seeker, the grant seeker will be required to submit documentation to the community foundation within six to twelve months of funding that the funds were expended in accordance with the grant request approval.