The Children’s Fund, Inc. is a group of approximately 60 member couples that raises money each year for charitable purposes directed at assisting children in the Houston, Texas area. We are an all-volunteer organization and have no paid staff. During this past difficult year, we proudly awarded grants to 10 organizations after reviewing over 100 proposals. Because we look for proposals that identify a specific need that will be addressed either by the purchase of equipment, facilities, or through the hiring or training of individuals to provide services, we are reluctant to provide funding for general operating expenses or budget support. Our first-year grants typically range from $20,000 to $25,000.
The Children’s Fund maintains focus in awarding grants and looks to support charities that will thrive in part because of our support. Therefore, we typically look for the following criteria:
- Serves children in the Houston area
- Small budgets
- Minimal internal or external fundraising capabilities
- Limited exposure to the Houston business community
- Nominal (or no) support from government or other large charitable organizations (i.e. United Way)
- Small administrative departments
If you have a program or a need that you believe fits the criteria, we encourage you to apply for a grant on our website (www.childrens-fund.org) by December 1, 2021. On the application on the right side of this page, you will be asked for basic information about your charity and the proposed project to be funded. Historically, charities that have received funding have included detailed information about specific intended uses of proposed grant request (line itemed proposals welcome, as an attachment), as well as comprehensive financial details about your organization (additional funding arrangements, annual budget, etc.). Please provide as much additional information as you deem necessary, including the anticipated impact of the program (number of children served, selection process, performance metrics, etc.). All of the documents can be uploaded as attachments once you have completed your online application.
Your organization may make up to 3 proposals but please submit them together as alternatives or multiple options within a single application. Please indicate which proposal is your primary request. Finally, it is a requirement to submit your most recent financial statement and proof of charitable status (i.e. 501 (c)3 certification). Please feel free to attach any pertinent brochures or other printed material.
Two important notes:
- All uploaded documents must be in PDF format.
- Please name all attachments with your charity name and the name of the document (ex: Charity XYZ – 2019 Budget).
Please remember that funds for the proposal you make in December of 2021, if selected for funding, will not be available until June 2022.
While we ask that all pertinent information be submitted online by the December 1, 2021 deadline, please feel free to send materials that you are unable to upload to our address at:
The Children’s Fund, Inc.
Attn: Carrie & John Hays Compton
5773 Woodway Drive, #189
Houston, TX 77057
All new applicants, returning applicants and previous grant awardees must submit a new application each year to be considered for a grant.
Finally, if you know of a charity serving Houston-area children that may not have heard of us, please spread the word! Our fundraising success is based on our ability to show our contributors that their generosity supports some of the most interesting, innovative and dedicated charitable individuals and organizations in Houston. The wider the circle of those we help becomes, the more money we will be able to raise and distribute.
If you have any further questions concerning this process, Carrie and John Hays Compton can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrie and John Hays Compton
Charity Selection Committee Co-Chairs
The Children’s Fund, Inc.
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