GRANT GUIDELINES

Due to COVID-19's significant impact on the education and nonprofit sectors, we encourage existing WFF Grantees to contact us with questions or concerns about our guidelines, grantmaking and/or application and reporting processes. We recognize that flexibility during this time is important. Our continued focus is on helping our nonprofit partners have a lasting and important impact in our communities.

The Webber Family Foundation accepts grant applications from education-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations operating in Austin, Texas.  Currently, we are not accepting unsolicited grant proposals from organizations located in the Greater Washington, DC area.

Grant Types Offered

Capacity Building Grants are one-year grants that allow an organization to improve its systems and/or operations in order to work better and more efficiently. Capacity building grants can benefit both direct-service organizations as well as backbone organizations leading systemic work in one or more of the Foundation’s current focus areas. Grant request amounts range up to $25,000 per year.  More information on Capacity Building Grants below.

Partner Grants are multi-year, general operating grants for organizations whose missions are closely aligned with the Foundation’s goals and priorities. All Partner Grant applications are Board-initiated and by invitation only.  

Guidelines for Capacity Building Grants

The Webber Family Foundation funds Capacity Building projects that:

  1. Are aligned with the Foundation’s mission and one of the four focus areas.
  2. Build the organization’s capacity to provide expanded, higher quality, and/or more sustainable services.
  3. Benefit predominantly low-income youth. This means at least 50% of the population served by the organization comes from families earning less than the median US family income, adjusted for family size.
  4. Benefit predominantly high-achieving youth. This means the focus of the organization or program is to help students who already exceed grade-level expectations develop their full potential. Accordingly, at least 2/3 of the population served exceeds grade-level expectations and/or exhibits superior aptitude.
  5. Operate in Austin TX.

Deadlines

The Foundation Board meets twice a year, however we evaluate proposals on a continuous basis throughout the year.  While there are no set grant application deadlines, we encourage you to contact the Foundation staff if you have questions about the timing of a submission.

Organizations submitting proposals should limit their request to no more than one submission in any twelve-month period.

Other Limitations

The Foundation makes grants only to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations that have received a “not a private Foundation” determination letter (or preliminary ruling) from the IRS per Internal Revenue Code 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3). This  means we fund traditional public charitable organizations. We make no exceptions to this restriction. The Foundation will not make contributions to:

  1. Individuals
  2. Organizations not classified as public charities by the IRS
  3. International charitable organizations
  4. Religious organizations, unless the program contains no bias to any particular religion and is open to the entire community without regard to belief (see #4 on the FAQ page for more information).

In addition, the Foundation generally does not fund private schools, in-school programs (for grades 4-12), or remedial programs.

How to Apply

Please see the Apply page for instructions.