Supporting public education, the arts, conservation, and health in Harris, Travis and Walker counties since 1967


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Thank you for your interest in The Powell Foundation. Please note that all requests must be submitted online through a two-step process. Submission and approval of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form is required before a full proposal may be submitted. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.


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How to Apply

All requests must be submitted through a two-step, online process. Submission and approval of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form is required before a full proposal may be submitted. The Foundation's Board of Directors meets twice per year. The LOI submission window for the fall 2018 board meeting is May 1 through June 22. The LOI submission window for the spring 2019 board meeting is November 1 through December 7. Upon LOI approval, an applicant will be invited to submit a complete application and assigned an application deadline. Submitting a request earlier in the grant cycle is always recommended.

Visit the Foundation’s online application homepage to begin the application process. An agency should not register multiple times in the online system. If you are unsure if your agency has previously registered, if you do not have your individual log in credentials, or if you need to add log in credentials for a new individual, please contact Crystal Ross at or 713-523-7557. If you are registering your agency for the first time, watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to create an organizational profile and individual username and password.

A Foundation staff member will review each request and conduct the necessary due diligence which may include a site visit. Applicants will be notified regarding the disposition of applications in the timeframe between submission and the period immediately following a board meeting.

If your request is approved, please promptly return the grant contract you receive from the Foundation with a funds acknowledgement. Keep us updated during the grant period if there are any substantial changes in your programming or organization, including personnel changes and physical address/contact information. Within one year of the grant payment or before re-application, whichever is earlier, submit the required grant report. You should not hesitate to reach out to the Foundation at any time to discuss your approved grant.


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