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As North Texans, we have overcome many difficult situations together over the years.

Natural disasters, man-made disasters, economic emergencies—but nothing quite like the health emergency we face today.

North Texas Cares is a common application that once submitted is reviewed by a collaboration of funders, including 30 North Texas foundations and United Ways, that have come together to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities most affected by all aspects of COVID-19. This includes agencies who support individuals and families in the focus areas of health, economic security, safety and wellbeing, education, and social justice.

Participating funders are working collaboratively to collect funding requests using this common online application to simplify and streamline the process for nonprofits seeking funds.

The second phase North Texas Cares application opened on August 11, 2020. Submissions will be accepted between now and October 2. 

Between April and mid-July 2020, 1,400 grants totaling over $40 million were awarded to 630 area nonprofits through the North Texas Cares application process from the 30+ participating funders.
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The second phase North Texas Cares application opened on August 11, 2020. Submissions will be accepted between now and October 2. As applications are submitted, they will be made available to each funder on a regular basis for their review. Each funder will use their own timeline and process to evaluate and award grant applications. Organizations will receive an official confirmation email in early October that their application has been received. If their application has been selected for a grant, organizations will hear from a participating funder directly. A decline notice will be sent out in February to applicants who did not receive funding.

Grant amounts will vary by funder. We ask you to share your total project budget on the application and specify the amount you seek from North Texas Cares partners. Approved requests may be funded from one or more participating funders. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis. 

Who is eligible to apply?

In order to be eligible for funding, agencies must meet the following criteria:
 
  • Must be a 501c3 organization
  • Must currently provide services in the North Texas area
  • Must provide services that align with focus areas detailed below
Note: Between April and mid-July 2020, the 30+ participating funders awarded 1,400 grants totaling over $40 million to 630 area nonprofits through the first phase of the North Texas Cares application process. Regardless of whether or not an organization received funding in phase one, all nonprofits that meet the above criteria are eligible to apply or re-apply for funding in phase two. Please read the FAQs below before applying. 

Apply for support from North Texas Cares

Priority Funding Areas

HEALTH

  • Organizations and programs focused on providing access to health services of all kinds, including those focused on addressing disparities; mental health services for children and youth; and supporting COVID testing and access to testing/tracing

ECONOMIC SECURITY

  • Organizations and programs focused on preparing people for living wage jobs in the COVID-19 environment (e.g., via rapid re-employment, upskilling or reskilling through partnerships with community colleges/schools and/or moving to online adult learning)
  • Organizations that provide supportive services for workers, such as childcare, food, or transportation
  • Providing safe, stable housing for families or individuals
  • Organizations that provide services to re-entry populations to assist them as they are returning to the community during this very challenging time

SAFETY & WELLBEING

  • Programs focused on personal safety from violence in the home
  • Programs focused on public safety in the community and eliminating violence directed at people of color, disenfranchised and marginalized populations

EDUCATION

  • Programs working to reduce learning loss and close the racial achievement gap
  • Programs focused on supporting teachers/students given current online learning challenges
  • Programs addressing the digital divide
  • In- and out-of-school engagement programs for children and youth
  • Programs that focused on education to cultivate anti-racism
  • Parent engagement programs to support learning at home

SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Programs that focus on education to cultivate anti-racism
  • Community organizing and movement building
  • Creative community engagement to promote equity, access, participation and rights, including through the arts or public green space
  • Programs that foster and build leadership for people of color within nonprofit organizations

See below for frequently asked questions, participating funders, and more.

North Texas Cares Phase 2 Collaborative Funders

Frequently Asked Questions

North Texas Cares is a funder collaborative with a common application form. Submitted applications are reviewed by participating funders, which consists of 30 North Texas foundations and United Ways that are coming together to provide support for nonprofits providing critical services in our community. 
 

HEALTH

  • Organizations and programs focused on providing access to health services of all kinds, including those focused on addressing disparities; mental health services for children and youth; and supporting COVID testing and access to testing/tracing

ECONOMIC SECURITY

  • Organizations and programs focused on preparing people for living wage jobs in the COVID-19 environment (e.g., via rapid re-employment, upskilling or reskilling through partnerships with community colleges/schools and/or moving to online adult learning)
  • Organizations that provide supportive services for workers, such as childcare or transportation
  • Providing safe, stable housing for families or individuals
  • Organizations that provide services to re-entry populations to assist them as they are returning to the community during this very challenging time

SAFETY & WELLBEING

  • Programs focused on personal safety from violence in the home
  • Programs focused on public safety in the community and eliminating violence directed at people of color, disenfranchised and marginalized populations

EDUCATION

  • Programs working to reduce learning loss and close the racial achievement gap
  • Programs focused on supporting teachers/students given current online learning challenges
  • Programs addressing the digital divide
  • In-and out-of-school engagement programs for children and youth
  • Programs that focused on education to cultivate anti-racism
  • Parent engagement programs to support learning at home

SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Programs that focus on education to cultivate anti-racism 
  • Community organizing and movement building
  • Creative community engagement to promote equity, access, participation and rights, including through the arts
  • Programs that foster and build leadership for people of color within nonprofit organizations

The participating funders (featured on this website) are working collaboratively to review applications submitted through the North Texas Cares common application. The funders have come together to create a single, common online application so that you don’t need to apply separately to each funder. Participating funders will review the requests and make individual funding decisions. You may receive funding from one or more funder on your request. If you do not see a funder listed on the website, you would need to apply to them separately.
 
As applications are submitted, submissions will be made available to each funder on a regular basis for their review. Each funder will use their own timeline and process to evaluate and award grant applications. Organizations will hear from a participating funder directly if their application has been selected for a grant award.

No, each funder will use their own separate funds to award grants to organizations, so one application could potentially result in multiple grants from multiple funders.


Organizations interested in applying for funds from the North Texas Cares Funder Collaborative must use the online application at this website.

In order to be eligible for funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a 501c3 organization 
  • Must provide services in the North Texas area
  • Must provide services that align with the focus areas detailed on the North Texas Care website

Additionally, it is highly recommended that organizations are able to accept grant payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) in order to expedite grant funding.

Between April and mid-July 2020, the 30+ participating funders awarded 1,400 grants totaling over $40 million to 630 area nonprofits through the first phase of the North Texas Cares application process. Regardless of whether or not an organization received funding in phase one, all nonprofits that meet the below criteria are eligible to apply or re-apply for funding in phase two:
 

  • Must be 501c3 organization
  • Must currently provide services in the North Texas area
  • Must provide services that align with focus areas detailed on this website

  • Individuals
  • Organizations that do not have a current 501c3
  • Church and religious organizations’ programs that are focused on evangelism are not eligible. 

Click the link below to view an interactive map of the locations that have received funding from the first phase of North Texas Cares.

View Interactive Map

Grant award amount ranges will vary by funder.

The application opened on August 11, 2020. Submissions will be accepted between now and October 2. As applications are submitted, they will be made available to each funder on a regular basis for their review. Each funder will use their own timeline and process to evaluate and award grant applications, so timing may vary.

Participating funders can arrange for payment by check; however, it could cause a delay in receipt of funds.

Requests for funds for Employee Assistance Funds will be reviewed on a case by case basis by each funder.

Yes, but we would encourage applying organizations to structure their application in a way that reflects all of the services and their corresponding costs for which they are seeking support that are in alignment with the focus areas of this grant opportunity. If there are drastic changes to programming or new needs that arise prior to October 2, 2020, a new application could be submitted.

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Applications for the first phase of North Texas Cares opened on March 23 and closed on Friday, July 10th. 1,400 grants were awarded to 630 nonprofits, totaling over $40 million, from the 30+ participating funders.

  • Ensuring nutritious food access to high risk and vulnerable groups
  • Ensuring safety for high risk and vulnerable groups
  • Ensuring safe shelter and/or housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness or domestic violence (shelter or hotels)
  • Addressing older adult healthcare and safety in order to lessen the impact of illness and cover costs related to medical treatment
  • Providing mental health supports and telehealth access for community members, especially for first responders and others whose work is considered essential
  • Providing medical and cleaning supplies and staffing for community clinics supporting COVID-19 response
  • Offering immediate, short-term financial assistance for those experiencing income disruption
  • Providing support to displaced workers, including connecting displaced workers with jobs that are open for immediate hire
  • Supporting academic learning and distance learning for low-income, low-access students while schools are closed
  • Providing distance learning options for career pathways program participants
  • Providing childcare for parents whose employment is critical, including first responders
  • Deploying strategies to engage clients during agency closures
  • Large system supports that could include improving food distribution systems, supporting schools/districts with kids/youth for mentoring and connection, or expanding meal delivery services for seniors and homebound populations

Thank you to the 30+ funders who collaborated on Phase 1 of North Texas Cares (March – July)

Celanese Foundation
Communities Foundation of Texas
The Dallas Foundation
DuBose Family Foundation
The Hersh Foundation
Hudson Foundation
Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation
The Morris Foundation
Rees-Jones Foundation
Texoma Health Foundation
Toyota
Cooke County United Way
United Way of Denton County
United Way of Grayson County
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way of West Ellis County
Wing Stop Charities