Supporting public education, arts, conservation, and human services in Harris, Travis and Walker counties since 1967

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2121 San Felipe, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77019

Telephone: 713-523-7557

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As Texas’ urban areas continue to grow at such a rapid rate, it has become imperative to focus on maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment as well as provide a high quality of life for residents by setting aside and/or improving our outdoor spaces. Park space is critical to the mental, physical and emotional well being of residents. It also acts as an economic stimulus in an urban setting. The three counties in which The Powell Foundation provides grants each have different ecosystems and different needs. Emphasis is placed on those particular needs as well as educating youth so that they will become good stewards of their environment. Many environmental educational programs also provide an excellent means for hands-on math and science learning that is so critically needed in our school systems.

2017 CONSERVATION GRANTS - $1,365,000
Bamberger Charitable Trust
Support for education programs
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Operational support for hike & bike trails and bayou park creation & restoration
Camp Allen
Support for education and community outreach programs
Hermann Park Conservancy
General operations for the park
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Education and community Outreach programs
Houston Audubon Society
Education and community Outreach programs
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Education and community Outreach programs
Katy Prairie Conservancy
General operations including education programs
Memorial Park Conservancy
Park programs
National Wildlife Federation
Schoolyard habitat program in HISD
Development of neighborhood playgrounds on public school grounds
Travis Audubon Society- Austin
Support for education and conservation programs
Trees for Houston
Support for public education programs
The Woods Project
Wilderness exploration program for inner city youth
Trust for Public Land
Green mapping of the San Jacinto River in Walker County
Urban Harvest
School gardening programs
Waller Creek Conservancy – Austin
Community and education programs
The Woods Project
Youth outdoor leadership development program

See Past Grants