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Since its founding in 1977, the El Paso Community Foundation has awarded more than $219,505,246 in grants to nonprofit organizations and individuals in the greater El Paso region. We constantly look for innovative approaches to solve community problems and to meet our community’s ever evolving needs.

Grant Application Tips:

  • Application deadlines are February 1 and August 1. You may only apply online 30 days prior to the deadline.
  • Approved applicants from January 1 - February 1 cycle will be notified in May.
  • Approved applicants from July 1 - August 1 cycle will be notified in November.
  • Most awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • You can save your application to finish at a later time prior to submitting.
  • If you are required to submit a grant report, please do so before submitting a new grant application.
  • Nonprofit organizations can submit only one request for consideration per funding source in any 12-month period.
  • Please do not submit your application in all upper-case lettering.
  • If you have questions, feel free to call us at the El Paso Community Foundation at 915-533-4020.

Grants

If you have already started your application and need access to complete it, click here

The El Paso Community Foundation and its supporting organizations respond to the needs of nonprofit organizations by providing grants in the greater El Paso region.

El Paso Community Foundation

Application opens January 1st - Deadline February 1st at midnight - Only open for Arts and Humanities, Children, Education, Environment, Health and Disabilities, Human Services (basic human needs), Economic Development

Application opens July 1st - Deadline August 1st at midnight - Only open for Animals

Burkitt Foundation Perpetual Fund

Application opens July 1st - Deadline August 1st at midnight

The Cardwell Foundation

Application opens July 1st - Deadline August 1st at midnight

  • Provides funding for a variety of philanthropic projects primarily in the El Paso region, far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico
    Click here to apply for this grant
    Click here for budget form

  • *Please reference The Cardwell Foundation somewhere in your application as this is the same link as the El Paso Community Foundation link above.

Walter H. Hightower Fund

Application opens July 1st - Deadline August 1st at midnight

Stern Foundation Perpetual Charitable Fund

Application opens July 1st - Deadline August 1st at midnight

Stern Foundation Perpetual Medical and Scientific Research Fund

Application opens July 1st - Deadline August 1st at midnight

  • Provides funding for medical programs, research, professorships and projects primarily in the El Paso region (including Juarez, Mexico)
    Click here to apply for this grant

Grant Guidelines

Granting Areas of Interest:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Education
  • Environment/Animals
  • Health and Disabilities
  • Human Services (basic human needs)
  • Economic Development

Granting Priorities:

  • More effective ways of doing things - ideas that require risk-taking.
  • Projects where a moderate amount of grant money can have an impact.
  • Projects that show collaboration with other organizations.

We generally do not make grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Fundraising events/projects
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Annual appeals and membership contributions
  • Organizations that are political or partisan in purpose
  • Travel for individuals or groups
  • Organizations outside the greater El Paso geographic area
  • Endowment Funds
  • Past operating deficits

Scholarships

Applications open January 1st - Due to the pandemic the deadline has been extended to May 1st at midnight.

Click here to apply for scholarships

In 2019, more than 170 local students were recipients of El Paso Community Foundation scholarships. The students represent many public high schools in our area and have distinguished themselves through academic honors, extracurricular activities, volunteerism and leadership. The selection process is often handled through the scholarship offices at the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, and New Mexico State University.

If you are currently enrolled in University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College, or New Mexico State University, please contact the scholarship office on campus for more information on scholarships provided by the El Paso Community Foundation. Below is a sample of scholarships that graduating high school seniors may apply for at their schools.

• Dr. William Springer Scholarship for Philosophy
• Elroy Bode Scholarship — Austin High School (literary arts)
• LaNelle Boling Scholarship - Regional Day School Program for the Deaf
• The El Paso in Austin Scholarship Fund (for El Paso high school students who want to advance their educations in Central Texas)
• Ruth E. Gillett Scholarship - Andress High School
• Robert T. Golberg Scholarship - El Paso Independent School District high schools
• Rosa Guerrero Scholarship - El Paso High School
• Edgar L. & Sibley Cirlot Hunter - Tularosa High School, Tularosa, NM
• Carly Laverde Memorial Scholarship - Coronado High School
• Yashar Mahmood Memorial Scholarship - El Paso High School
• John and Everett Melby Scholarship - El Paso High School
• Robert G. Neill, Jr. Scholarship - Irvin High School
• Harlow L. Paul III Scholarship - Burges High School
• First National Bank Scholarship Fund for the Children of El Paso County/Ft. Bliss soldiers Killed in Action
• Makios Technology Fund - Will award tuition and educational related expenses to El Paso County students pursuing careers in Information Technology
• Bears Beyond the Border Scholarship Fund - Bowie High School
• Chris Powers Scholarship Fund — Medical field

Recipients are selected by counselors, principals and/or scholarship committees. Contact your counselor for an application. For information about scholarship applications, contact Bonita Johnson at 915-533-4020.

Join the generous El Pasoans who provide an ongoing investment in the youth of El Paso. For information on establishing a scholarship fund contact Eric Pearson at 915-533-4020.