Eligibility and Application Process

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Giving Children the Tools to Succeed ToolBox Grant, the applicant must meet fall into one of the following categories:

  • Designated a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service and serving children age 0-8 in Tarrant County
  • Public schools, libraries, and other municipal agencies located in Tarrant County. ToolBox Grants are subject to the “No Substitution” criteria.

The program aims to improve the quantity, quality and accessibility of early learning opportunities in Tarrant County by providing grants of up to $15,000 to build capacity in one of six areas:

1.Family Leadership & Supports – Parents and families are children’s first teachers and best advocates. TBG supports strategies that provide engaging opportunities for families to increase their strengths and knowledge while providing meaningful opportunities for leadership and influence.

2.Health & Wellness – Pregnant mothers, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers need health supports to develop strong minds and bodies. TBG seeks to support programs that provide families with health and development interventions that optimize their children’s holistic development.

3.Early Learning Programs – Early learning occurs daily with families at home as well as in a diverse array of public and private programs that support children in environments with responsive professionals. TBG will support Early Learning initiatives that provide quality training to teachers and/or that connect community programs with schools.

4.Responsive Schools – Schools provide environments where children’s growing minds and curiosities are nurtured, families are involved in the learning process, and at-risk families are connected to community resources. TBG seeks to support initiatives that aid elementary schools to provide holistic supports to young children and families.

5.Data & Measurement – Effective data collection, measurement and analysis can help inform programmatic priorities, guide outreach to target populations, and track progress. The Foundation will offer grantees the opportunity to consult with early learning experts on the best tools to use for measurement, particularly for very young children.

6.Public Awareness & Policy – Any effort to make lasting change in the community requires a coalition of partners to collectively own and implement a robust community-wide strategy. TBG supports programs that generate public awareness and support to accelerate outcomes for pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers and their families.

Application Process

The ToolBox annual grant cycle begins in June of each year. On Tuesday, June 14, the North Texas Community Foundation hosted a capacity-building training workshop and a ToolBox Grants 2016 Application Orientation.

Grant seekers must submit a letter of intent no later than June 28. The North Texas Community Foundation will request proposals on July 25. Proposals must be submitted by August 19, and grants will be announced by mid-September.

If you are interested in submitting a letter of intent, please click here.

For more information about the fund, please contact Angela White at awhite@northtexascf.org or at 817.877.0702.