Immediate Impact Grants

Immediate Impact Grant Guidelines

Target Population

Waco Foundation is especially committed to serving our most vulnerable residents – people in poverty, people with disabilities, the elderly, children and youth (including those in the juvenile justice system or aging out of foster care). To that end, we have developed our Immediate Impact Grants program to provide up to $5,000 to organizations that are delivering direct services to one or more of these populations.

Immediate Impact Grants can be used to provide program and/or operating support for local initiatives that are targeted towards the following populations:

  • People in poverty
  • People with disabilities
  • Elderly individuals with limited financial means/access to resources
  • Children and youth

Grant dollars may be used to support efforts such as out of school activities for children and youth; the delivery of general human services assistance; workforce readiness preparation and job placement; life skills training; parental education; the reduction of hunger; or service to the isolated elderly or people with disabilities. Grant funds cannot be used for religious activities.

Eligibility Information:

Eligible organizations include 501(c) 3 designated nonprofits and certain taxing entities* (e.g. McLennan County school districts, community & technical colleges, CPS & Juvenile programs). As with all Waco Foundation grants, applicant organizations must be physically located in and provide services to McLennan County residents.

Our first priority will be to support small, grassroots/independent organizations which have limited organizational assistance with regard to fundraising (e.g. do not have an affiliated foundation that can help them generate funds) and serve current residents as well as those interested in making the greater Waco area their home for the long term.

*For more information on the types of activities that taxing entities may seek support for, check out the section entitled: Immediate Impact Grants for Taxing Entities.

It is important to note that like all other Foundation grants, Immediate Impact Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis only, upfront dollars are not available.

Application Instructions for Nonprofits

Nonprofits seeking support via an Immediate Impact grant need only submit a narrative and the attachments mentioned below. Be sure to answer the questions listed, in the order listed, and use Times New Roman (or similar) 12 point font. Do insert a footer on each page as follows: “Your Organization’s Name Immediate Impact Grant Proposal” and page number. The application should not exceed three pages, including the budget.

The narrative and its required attachments must be submitted electronically to the Director of Grants & Capacity Building (nwynter@wacofoundation.org). Paper applications will not be accepted.

Organization Information:

  • Organization Name
  • Grant Contact Name, Title & Email
  • Executive Director Name & Email
  • Organization Address & Phone
  • Organization EIN#
  • Organization Mission

Project Information:

  • Project Name & Location, Start & End Date.
  • Project Description, Proposed Outputs & Outcomes: Briefly provide a narrative that indicates:
    • The issues that will be addressed, the significance of those issues, and their impact on McLennan County. Be sure to include a statement about need and as appropriate, data that indicates why this project is needed at this point in time.
    • Which specific populations will benefit and estimate the number of people/units to be served. Indicate the proposed cost per person/unit to be served. 
    • Describe how your project will expand or complement existing community services, plus any arrangements to collaborate with other organizations if appropriate.
    • Briefly list the anticipated outputs and outcomes for the project. Specifically mention the types of changes you anticipate from this effort (e.g. service or product capacity, condition or status) and how you intend to evaluate the project’s impact. Identify and explain the data collection methods you will use to evaluate whether outcomes are achieved. Outcome measurements are important to the Foundation, to learn more about them click here.
  • Community Impact: Describe how your project aligns with the mission and goals/objectives of the Foundation.
  • Project Budget & Determination: Submit a budget detailing the projected income and expenses related to the request. Note whether each funding source has already been secured or is anticipated. Be sure to describe how the cost of the project was determined.
  • Total funds raised to date and the sources of those funds.
  • Total funds being requested from Waco Foundation for this effort.

Attachments (pages counted separately):

  • Cover letter signed by Board Chair & Executive Director.
  • List of your board members, their terms & individual meeting attendance rates for the last 12 months and whether or not they have participated in any board (four hours or more) or fundraising training within the last three years.
  • Organizational budget for the current fiscal year & budget comparison (budgeted and actual spending) for the previous two fiscal years.

Immediate Impact Grants for Taxing Entities Guidelines

Target Population

Waco Foundation is especially committed to serving our most vulnerable residents – people in poverty, people with disabilities, the elderly, children and youth (including those in the juvenile justice system or aging out of foster care). To that end, we have developed our Immediate Impact Grants program to provide up to $5,000 to organizations that are delivering direct services to one or more of these populations.

Immediate Impact Grants can be used to provide program and/or operating support for local initiatives that are targeted towards the following populations:

  • People in poverty
  • People with disabilities
  • Elderly individuals with limited financial means/access to resources
  • Children and youth

Program Parameters

While our priority is to fund small, grassroots/independent organizations that have limited organizational assistance with regard to revenue generation, the Foundation does recognize that due to cuts in public funding and the stipulations tied to many government dollars, institutions often lack some of the support they need to deliver creative and impactful programs/services to youth and their families.

To help minimize those challenges, the Foundation has created Immediate Impact Grants for Taxing Entities. Immediate Impact Funds will be made available for the types of efforts listed below.

Eligible activities include:

Prosper Waco (Collective Impact) Income Related Initiatives:

Grants may be used to help institutions successfully develop and implement the delivery of the Bridges Out of Poverty/Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World curriculum (and related materials) or similar resources to students and families. Funds may be used to cover the cost of resources, incentives, meeting logistics, facilitation, etc.

Case Worker Related Activities:

Grants may be used to help meet the critical needs of children/youth in poverty (including emancipated and homeless students). The funds may be used to cover items needed for Parent Resource Centers, general student supplies and, in special cases, the personal expenses of students. All needs must be sufficiently documented by the case worker and the institution.

Out of School Programs and Excursions (Intramural sports and athletic events are not eligible for support):

With sufficient documentation as to potential impact, grants may be used to cover the cost of excursions that seek to:
  • Provide new experiences to children/youth in poverty that have had little exposure to situations beyond their neighborhood/city/county; or
  • Deliver experiences that encourage children/youth in poverty to consider a wide variety of educational and/or employment opportunities upon the completion of high school.

Classroom Enhancements (Intramural sports and athletic events are not eligible for support):

The Foundation will provide grants to match DonorChoose.org donations secured by schools. Matching funds may be used by teachers/instructors working in any of the following fields: STEAM, Reading, Government/Social Studies, Manufacturing, Healthcare or Music. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes including the acquisition of supplies/equipment/instruments, books and other resources, etc. Any items purchased must be designated for and used by the program specified in the application.

It is important to note that like all other Foundation grants, Immediate Impact Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis only, upfront dollars are not available.

Application Instructions for Taxing Entities

It is important to note that if the applicant is a school, the application must reflect a coordinated request for support and must be applied for by the administrative oversight of the institution that will benefit. Individual teacher submissions will not be accepted.

Taxing entities seeking support via an Immediate Impact grant need only submit a narrative and the attachments mentioned below. Be sure to answer the questions listed, in the order listed, and use Times New Roman, 12 point font. Do insert a footer on each page as follows: “Your Organization’s Name Immediate Impact Grant Proposal” and page number. The application should not exceed three pages, including the budget.

The narrative and its required attachments must be submitted electronically to the Director of Grants & Capacity Building (nwynter@wacofoundation.org). Paper applications will not be accepted.

Organization Information:

  • Organization Name
  • Grant Contact Name, Title & Email
  • Director Name & Email
  • Organization Address & Phone
  • Organization EIN#
  • Organization Mission

Project Information:

  • Project Category (Income, Caseworker, Out of School or Classroom).
  • Project Name & Location, Start & End Date.
  • Project Description, Proposed Outputs & Outcomes: Briefly provide a narrative that indicates:
    • The issues that will be addressed, the significance of those issues, and their impact on McLennan County. Be sure to include a statement about need and as appropriate, data that indicates why this project is needed at this point in time.
    • Which specific populations will benefit and estimate the number of people/units to be served. Indicate the proposed cost per person/unit to be served. 
    • Describe how your project will expand or complement existing community services, plus any arrangements to collaborate with other organizations if appropriate.
    • Briefly list the anticipated outputs and outcomes for the project. Specifically mention the types of changes you anticipate from this effort (e.g. service or product capacity, condition or status) and how you intend to evaluate the project’s impact. Identify and explain the data collection methods you will use to evaluate whether outcomes are achieved. Outcome measurements are important to the Foundation, to learn more about them click here.
  • Community Impact: Describe how your project aligns with the mission and goals/objectives of the Foundation.
  • Project Budget & Determination: Submit a budget detailing the projected income and expenses related to the request. Note whether each funding source has already been secured or is anticipated. Be sure to describe how the cost of the project was determined.
  • Total funds raised to date and the sources of those funds.
  • Total funds being requested from Waco Foundation for this effort.

Attachments (pages counted separately):

  • Cover letter signed by Board/Governing Body Chair & Organizational Director.
  • Organizational budgets for the current & previous fiscal year.
  • List of Members of Governing Body & their terms.
Contact

Phone: 254-754-3404
Fax: 254-753-2887

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Waco, TX 76710
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