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East Texas Communities Foundation is committed to supporting an array of funding opportunities that serve the diverse needs of our communities. Browse our available grants by clicking on the grant fund name below. Please contact Mary Lynn Smith with any grant application questions at

The Tyler Library Foundation Fund supports the public libraries in Smith County and Smith County Area Libraries Together (SALT). The purpose of this grant is to add to the collection, develop new projects, or enhance existing projects that benefit the areas served by the libraries. Grant requests for facility maintenance and furniture are discouraged. Total grant funds available are $33,800.

Application for this grant is by invitation only. The link to the application will be emailed on May 7, 2018. The grant deadline is June 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Recipients will be announced in July, 2018.

Through their generosity Edwin A. “Blue” and Janice Owen Miller established a charitable fund at East Texas Communities Foundation to provide annual grants to support charities benefiting Henderson County. The Foundation seeks strong projects based on good ideas and compelling needs which have the potential to improve the Henderson County community and the lives of its people. Applicants are limited to non-profits with 501(c)(3) status or governmental entities providing services in Henderson County, Texas. Requests for support in the areas of education, health, human services, environment, and the arts are welcome. The grant committee encourages requests not to exceed $10,000. There is no minimum for a request. Total grant funds available are $124,000.

Applications open May 14, 2018. This grant deadline is June 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Recipients will be announced by July, 2018.

Edwin A. “Blue” and Janice Owen Miller Charitable Fund Grant Application

Betty and Roy Erickson established this fund to support the field of nursing in East Texas. To have the most impact on the field, grants will be awarded to support nursing education. Requests may be for special projects, equipment, technology, supplies, etc. Grants for administrative costs are discouraged. Applicants may be public colleges or universities or private institutions with nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. Institutions must be located in one of the following East Texas counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood. Total grant funds available in 2018 are $9,800. Applicants may apply for the entire amount.

The Betty and Roy Erickson Nursing Grant Application will open on June 20, 2018. The grant deadline is July 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Recipients will be announced by August 2018.

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The purpose of the Evans-Merrick Music Grants Fund is to support and encourage traditional and/or classical music activities in the East Texas region. Programs must be offered without a required admission fee and be publicly available. Eligible expenses may include production costs, music purchases, equipment and supplies, travel, musicians fees, venue rental, etc. All other things being equal, preference is given to offerings by small groups who have limited means of financial support. Applicants must be non-profits with 501(c)(3) status serving the East Texas region. Individual grants amounts and a total to be awarded are to be determined.

Applications open July 25, 2018. The grant deadline is August 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Recipients will be announced September 4, 2018.

Evans-Merrick Music Grants Fund Application

The Mrs. A. D. Francis Endowment Fund was created to support and build the capacity of public charities in the Winnsboro, Texas area. Funds may be used to develop new projects or enhance existing projects and programs. Up to $5,000 in total grants may be awarded.

Applications open August 15, 2018. The grant deadline is September 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Recipients will be announced October 22, 2018.

Mrs. A.D. Francis Endowment Fund Grant Application

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart desired to make a lasting contribution to their community. They most valued their faith and the role of education which led them to serve as positive role models to people of all ages. In addition to establishing a scholarship fund and donating historic property to the City of Tyler, this community education fund was established to provide financial support for public charities offering educational programs and materials. Examples may include, but are not limited to: computer and other job skills training, financial literacy programs, academic tutoring for school children, adult literacy programs, healthy lifestyle classes, community education events and materials. Based on available funding and the desire to support multiple organizations, individual grant requests should be limited to a maximum of $2,000. Total grant funds available are $4,000.

Applications open June 20, 2018. The grant deadline is July 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Recipients will be announced in August  2018.

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