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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 funder collaborative made up of North Texas foundations and United Ways that have come together to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who may be most negatively affected by COVID-19. This includes agencies who support individuals and families with access to food and/or healthcare; supplementing lost wages and/or housing costs or serving vulnerable populations such as seniors and/or those experiencing homelessness; as well as supporting academic learning and distance learning for low-income, low-access students while schools are closed.

Participating funders are working collaboratively to collect emergency funding requests, using a common online application, in order to simplify and streamline the process for nonprofits seeking emergency funds. Funders will use a shared portal to access information submitted by nonprofits via the common grant application.

The North Texas Cares application is now open and has no due date.

Applications from nonprofits are now being accepted on a rolling basis and will be evaluated weekly. Funding decisions will be made by each participating funder independently throughout the crisis period to facilitate the urgent need for funding in light of evolving community need. Approved requests may be funded both by individual funders as well as collectively, depending on the need. Funds will be donated directly to the grant recipients. Timelines vary by funder.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Must be 501c3 organization
  • Must provide services in the North Texas area
  • Must provide services that address immediate response or long-term relief efforts in response to COVID-19
  • Requests need to focus on first responders and/or support for vulnerable populations– (examples could include seniors, children, homeless, low-income displaced workers, first responders, medical professionals, and those without other resources).

As North Texans, we have a history of coming together to support one another because North Texas cares! #NorthTexasCares

Apply for support from North Texas Cares

Celanese Foundation
Communities Foundation of Texas
The Dallas Foundation
The Hersh 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

Frequently Asked Questions

North Texas Cares is a funder collaborative made up of North Texas foundations that are coming together to provide support for organizations that are providing critical services that will mitigate the short-term and long-term impact of the pandemic on our community.

  • 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

The participating funders have come together to work collaboratively to collect emergency funding requests through a single, common online application. You don’t need to apply separately to the funders listed. Participating funders will review the requests and determine what they may fund. Your request may receive funding from more than one funder. If you do not see a funder listed on this website, you will need to apply to them separately.

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

Organizations interested in applying for funds from the North Texas Cares Funder Collaborative must use the online application on this website: www.northtexascares.org

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

  • Must be 501c3 organization 
  • Must provide services in the North Texas area
  • Must provide services that address immediate response or long-term relief efforts in response to COVID-19
  • Requests need to focus on first responders and/or support for vulnerable populations (examples could include seniors, children, those experiencing homelessness, low-income displaced workers, first responders, medical professionals, and those without other resources).

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

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

Grant ranges will vary by funder.

The application will open on March 23, 2020 with no due date. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated weekly. Decisions will be made throughout the crisis period to facilitate responsive dispersion of funding against evolving community need.

Each funder can arrange payment by check; however, it could cause a delay in receipt of funds due to office closures.

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

Yes, HOWEVER, the first weeks of funding will be focused on extremely urgent needs that organizations are facing RIGHT NOW. Funding will be awarded in tranches based on priority (see levels below) and will not be used up before we get to Priority 3. We strongly recommend that if you are in need of funds for activities in levels 2 or 3 that you wait until you have a clear picture of those needs to apply. If your needs fit into Priority Level 1, please submit an application now, and if your needs evolve and you have a long term request, you will be able to submit a second application.

PRIORITY 1

  • Critically important emergency requests: access to food, access to essential health care, access to emergency assistance for vulnerable populations
  • Support to allow first responders, health care professionals, and other essential workers to continue working (supplies and equipment, childcare assistance, transportation, etc.)
  • Assistance for shelters and group living facilities to provide safe, healthy living conditions incorporating social distancing standards

PRIORITY 2

  • Access to alternative sources of income
  • Access to the internet and technology

PRIORITY 3

  • Ongoing operating funds for nonprofits providing essential services and support
  • Alternatives to volunteers for nonprofit staffing