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North Texas Cares

32 Area Funders and United Ways Partner to Create Second Phase Common Grant Application for Nonprofits to Support COVID-19 Response

$40M granted; second phase of North Texas Cares application now open: 30 area foundations and United Ways come together again to support continued and emerging needs of nonprofits in response to COVID-19 

DALLAS – August 11, 2020 – In continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 32 North Texas foundations and United Ways have come together for a second phase of North Texas Cares, a funder collaborative with a common application form. North Texas Cares initially launched in late March with 15 partners and grew quickly to more than 30. 

Between April and mid-July, 1,400 grants totaling over $40 million were awarded to 630 area nonprofits through the North Texas Cares application process from the 30+ participating funders to serve communities and people most affected by COVID-19. 

Now, participating foundations and United Ways are working collaboratively to field a second round of funding requests via, once more utilizing a shared online application to simplify and streamline the process for nonprofits seeking funds. Nonprofit organizations that support individuals and families in the priority focus areas of health, economic security, safety and wellbeing, education, and social justice are encouraged to apply for funding at (Please find detailed focus area criteria below). 

“This level of collaboration with this many prominent North Texas funding organizations was unheard of until North Texas Cares launched. To be able to deploy $40 million from 30 different support organizations through a shared grant application during a time of unprecedented crisis has been nothing short of remarkable. We’re thrilled that so many of the partners from phase one have returned to join 

together for a second phase of application review to help nonprofits in need, and that new partners have joined as well,” said Dave Scullin, President and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas. 

“United Way is honored to partner with these incredible leaders again to power North Texas Cares. This collective solution, that aims to distribute funds equitably across North Texas, demonstrates the deep desire of the philanthropic community to create long term impact through aligned funding,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton CEO and President, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Lifting up a common application to reduce obstacles for nonprofits and streamlining the entire grantmaking process has created a new template for business as usual in North Texas. The extraordinary results of this collaborative effort is another endorsement of what we already know—we’re better together.” 

The 32 collaborative funders as of August 11 include: The Addy Foundation, American Prosperity Fund, Bank of America, The Boone Family Foundation, The Catholic Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation, DuBose Family Foundation, Embrey Family Foundation, Hersh Foundation, Hoblitzelle Foundation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Mavs Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, Muse Family Foundation, North Texas Community Foundation, Oncor, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, The Rees-Jones Foundation, State Fair of Texas, Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation, Tolleson Wealth Management, United Way of Grayson County, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, United Way of Tarrant County, United Way of West Ellis County, and Anonymous (6). 

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the extraordinary response to North Texas Cares underscores the importance of our sector for the well-being of our community. Both we as funders and our nonprofit partners continue to work tirelessly to mobilize and identify the most impactful ways to deploy funding resources,” said Matthew Randazzo, president & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “As we continue to see the economic fall-out from this pandemic, the second phase of this effort will be equally, if not more, important than the first.” 

Participating funders will review the requests and make individual funding decisions. Each funder will allocate their own separate funds, timeline and process to evaluate and award grant applications, so one application may potentially result in grants from multiple funders. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in the North Texas area. 

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-term effects on the North Texas community,” said Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “United Way of Tarrant County is proud to be part of the North Texas Cares partnership and provide funding to organizations that are assisting those impacted by COVID-19. The funding has been a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of families in the Tarrant County community. The ongoing efforts of the partnership continues to play an important role as we work toward meeting the urgent needs of our friends and neighbors.” 

“Our local nonprofit leaders in Tarrant County have been working incredibly hard over the last five months to respond to immediate needs arising from COVID-19. As we move into the rebuilding phase, continued philanthropic investment is essential. This platform provides an efficient and effective means of conveying emerging needs and opportunities. With all of us pulling in the same direction, we’ll see this through together,” said Rose Bradshaw, President/CEO of North Texas Community Foundation.

North Texas Cares Collaborative Funders as of 8/11

Logos of NTC Funders

Funders and United Ways interested in joining the North Texas Cares collaborative or nonprofits with questions should contact Wende Burton at or Ashley Brundage at

Looking to give or learn more about our community’s COVID-19 relief efforts?

COVID-19 Relief Fund at The Dallas Foundation

Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Better Together Fund at North Texas Community Foundation

North Texas Community Response Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas

United Way of Tarrant County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

What activities and services will be funded through the second phase of the North Texas Cares grant opportunity?



  • Organizations and programs focused on providing access to health services of all kinds, including those focused on addressing disparities; mental health services for children and youth; and supporting COVID testing and access to testing/tracing



  • Organizations and programs focused on preparing people for living wage jobs in the COVID-19 environment (e.g., via rapid re-employment, upskilling or reskilling through partnerships with community colleges/schools and/or moving to online adult learning)
  • Organizations that provide supportive services for workers, such as childcare or transportation
  • Providing safe, stable housing for families or individuals
  • Organizations that provide services to re-entry populations to assist them as they are returning to the community during this very challenging time



  • Programs focused on personal safety from violence in the home
  • Programs focused on public safety in the community and eliminating violence directed at people of color, disenfranchised and marginalized populations



  • Programs working to reduce learning loss and close the racial achievement gap
  • Programs focused on supporting teachers/students given current online learning challenges
  • Programs addressing the digital divide
  • In- and out-of-school engagement programs for children and youth
  • Programs that focused on education to cultivate anti-racism
  • Parent engagement programs to support learning at home



  • Programs that focus on education to cultivate anti-racism
  • Community organizing and movement building
  • Creative community engagement to promote equity, access, participation and rights, including through the arts
  • Programs that foster and build leadership for people of color within nonprofit organizations




About Communities Foundation of Texas
With the goal of building thriving communities for all, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works locally and across the state through a variety of charitable funds and strategic initiatives. The public foundation professionally manages 1,000 charitable funds for individuals, families, companies and nonprofits in addition to powering several key initiatives such as Educate Texas at CFT, W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at CFT and CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. CFT has awarded more than $2 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. Learn more at Follow us on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Instagram (

About The Dallas Foundation
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About North Texas Community Foundation
North Texas Community Foundation is dedicated to strengthening our region through effective philanthropy and civic leadership around key community issues. We serve local individuals, families and corporations by helping them achieve their charitable goals in a meaningful way – during and beyond their lifetimes. The Community Foundation is privileged to work in collaboration with our fundholders, their trusted professional advisors, nonprofit partners and civic leaders to make sure North Texas is strong for generations to come. For more information, visit

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About United Way of Tarrant County
United Way of Tarrant County has worked to improve the lives of those in our communities since 1922. As a nonprofit leader, we bring together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting Tarrant County. Each year, United Way of Tarrant County helps more than 300,000 people through its resources. United Way of Tarrant County has no fees on donor designations, with 100 percent of the donations going to the selected agency or cause.

This article was published on: Aug 12, 2020