To be eligible for a grant from the Powell Foundation, the requesting organization must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable entity, as described in Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. This includes public charities, government organizations, and eligible supporting organizations.
The Powell Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in education, the arts, conservation, and human services. Funding is focused on the Foundation’s geographic areas of interest in Harris, Travis, or Walker Counties, Texas.
Types of Requests
The Powell Foundation will consider funding requests for operating costs, agency programs, or specific projects within the Foundation’s areas of interest. Requests for capital projects are considered on a case-by-case basis. On average, capital projects represent less than 2% of the Foundation’s annual grant awards.
The Powell Foundation does not make grants to:
- Endowments or endowment campaigns
- Scholarship funds
- Other private foundations
- Fundraising and marketing events (e.g. galas)
- Debt retirement or to cover past operating deficits
- Candidates for political office or to influence specific legislation (lobbying)
- Organizations for realizing religious or doctrinal purpose¹