Finance Department

Trust and Funds Management - The Houston Foundation

The Houston Foundation, founded in 1915, is a public trust providing financial assistance to new and existing programs which serve the humanitarian needs of the people of Houston. Through the generosity of Houstonians, the Foundation is an endowment to serve future generations. The Foundation typically provides funding and support for the disadvantaged.

Such needs are in the following categories:

  • Care of dependent and helpless children;
  • Nursing the sick;
  • Free bureau for securing employment;
  • Humane treatment of children and animals; and
  • Bureau for social service information.

The Board of Directors is composed of nine board members appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval. *The Board meets six times a year - in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Applications for funding requests may be downloaded here or call to request a packet at 832.393.9058.

*Submission deadlines for 2018:

Submission Deadline:
20-April 2018
15-June 2018
17-Aug 2018
5-Oct 2018
*Meeting Date:
21-May 2018
16-July 2018
17-Sept 2018
5-Nov 2018
Applications MUST be received via email, United States Postal Services, and/or other delivery services NO LATER THAN the submission deadline date.

Click Guidelines for information regarding the application and the request process. Any additional questions should be sent via email to

Completed applications should be submitted to email. After an application has been received, the Board will review the request and inform each organization of its decision. The review process can take up to 120 days from the time an application is submitted.

*Dates are subject to change without prior notice.