Funding Guidelines

 

The Priddy Foundation is dedicated to the support of programs in human services, education, the arts, and health, which offer significant potential for individual development and community improvement.

Interested primarily in programs that have the potential for lasting and favorable impact on individuals and organizations, the Foundation considers grant applications that have a physical location within the following counties:

TEXAS

Archer, Baylor, Childress, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, King, Knox, Montague, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young.

OKLAHOMA

Comanche, Cotton, Jackson, Jefferson, Stephens, and Tillman.

 

Before an application is considered, documentation of an exempt classification is required as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Additionally, the applicant must be considered "not a private foundation" within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code. The Foundation neither lends nor grants money to individuals.

Within the categories listed above, the foundation makes the following types of grants:

  • Program Grants
    The Priddy Foundation has significant interest in requests which create or expand program services. Program requests should deal effectively with identified problems and opportunities. In most cases, programs should be sustainable beyond the grant period and realistically match the requesting organization’s mission and capacity. Organizations should be able to evaluate results against defined standards of measurement.

 

  • Operating Grants
    The Priddy Foundation considers general operating requests, but is wary of fostering annual budget dependency.  Operating grants typically require a grantee organization to present a practicable plan to achieve self-sufficiency and may require the organization to enter into a formal consulting arrangement with a Nonprofit Management Service Organization (MSO) to improve organizational capacity.

 

  • Capital Grants
    The Priddy Foundation considers capital projects for buildings and major items of equipment. Approval is more likely if the project has existing, broad support from organizations and individuals. Rarely will The Priddy Foundation’s contribution exceed 20% of the total project budget; often it will be much less. Organizations must attain their project fundraising goal and document that raised funds are sufficient to complete the project as presented in the grant application before a capital grant is funded.

  

  • Organizational Development Support Grants
    The Priddy Foundation has an interest in increasing the capacity of an organization to serve more effectively in a complex and changing world.  Requests for leadership development/capacity of board and staff, planning initiatives, technical assistance, and technology enhancements are considered. Organizational development grants must include a comprehensive plan supported by the organization’s board, outside professional assistance, if appropriate, and linkage between the leadership development plan and the ability of the organization to achieve and sustain its mission more effectively.

 

The Priddy Foundation does not typically make grants for the following purposes:
  • Basic or applied research


  • Charities operated by service clubs
  • Conferences or other educational events except through an organizational development grant


  • Debt retirement


  • Endowments


  • Fundraising programs and events


  • Grants that impose expenditure responsibility on the foundation 

  • Grants that would obligate the foundation to future funding
  • Grants to individuals, including individual scholarship awards
  • Individual public schools (PK-12)


  • Marketing productions or publications
  • Organizations that make grants to others 

  • Operating deficits

  • Previously supported capital projects
  • Religious institutions except for non-sectarian, human service programs offered on a non-discriminatory basis 

  • School trips 


  • Start-up funding for new organizations 

  • Volunteer fire departments (requests are supported through a fund established at the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation)

 

Qualifying organizations should submit a Letter of Intent, or LOI, (accessed through our website) based on the following grant schedule:

Grant Cycles

Deadline for Letters of Intent

Deadline for Formal Grant Application

Notice of Award

Spring

February 1

March 1

mid-June

Fall

August 1

September 1

mid-December

PLEASE NOTE**-If the LOI or fomal application deadline date falls on a weekend or a holiday, organizations must submit their application electronically by 5:00 PM on the previous business day. 

**It is highly recommended that organizations with a fiscal year ending within ONE month of the grant deadline (March 1 or September 1) delay their request until the next cycle.

The foundation board meets in May and November to consider grant requests.

Several steps are necessary prior to a board decision on funding.  Following an organization’s review of the Foundation’s guidelines and requirements for appropriateness of the request, the following process occurs:

  • Online submission of the Letter of Intent (LOI)
  • Organization is approved or declined to proceed to the full Formal Application
  • Approved organizations are invited to attend the Grant Seekers Workshop
  • Organizations complete and submit the Formal Application by the deadline
  • A site visit is scheduled between the Foundation board/staff and applicant organization leadership
  • Organization receives notification of grant award/decline

The LOI may be accessed by clicking here or on the Logon tab above.  PLEASE NOTE THAT the grant process has changed and that all organizations interested in applying for a grant, even if you have applied in the past prior to the fall of 2017, must register their organization.   Passwords from the application system used before the fall of 2017 will not work with the new system.  If you have more than one individual who will need to access your application, you must email Pat in our office to ask her to add the additional user(s).  Click on the following link to reach Pat.   patm@priddyfdn.org