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 or small business - 501(c)(3) organizations.


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.

Funding Request application maybe downloaded here. Any questions, please email

*Submission deadlines for 2024:
*Meeting Date:
8 Dec. 2023
8 Jan. 2024
5 Feb. 2024
4 Mar. 2024
12 Apr. 2024
13 May 2024
7 Jun. 2024
8 Jul. 2024
9 Aug. 2024
9 Sep. 2024
4 Oct. 2024
4 Nov. 2024
13 Dec. 2024
13 Jan. 2025
Applications MUST be received via email, 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

Email completed applications to After an application has been received, the Board will review the request and inform each organization of its decision. Completed application with required documentation received by the deadline, the Board will review and determine the next action during a board meeting. The organization is then informed of the Board’s decision after the meeting via email.


If previously awarded, to be considered for future funding, the “Report on Funding Award” must be completed and submitted via email to the Houston Foundation one year from the date of receiving a funding award letter. For example: received funding award letter dated November 5, 2018, the Report on Funding Award is on due November 6, 2019..

Any organization that submitted a funding request and was not awarded, can reapply no earlier than one year from the date of the Board’s decision. For example: received a letter of non-award dated November 12, 2018, you can reapply or submit for funding no earlier than November 12, 2019.

*Dates are subject to change without prior notice.