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Program Overview

Independent Financial has a steadfast commitment to building strong, healthy communities and one way we honor that commitment is philanthropic giving through our Small Grants Program. Local, nonprofit organizations who serve the needs of low- and moderate-income individuals, families and small businesses can apply online for funding in either the spring or fall each year.

To achieve the greatest impact, we direct funding priorities to three specific areas: 

  1. Community Development – workforce development, affordable housing, small business development and community revitalization;
  2. Education – early childhood development, technical and career training, after-school programs, financial literacy for children and/or adults, summer camps and college-preparedness; and
  3. Health & Wellness – community health services, preventative healthcare services, basic needs and behavioral therapy for children.

To be considered for a grant from Independent Financial, organizations must provide
proof of providing services to low-to moderate-income communities.
Low-to moderate-income is defined as 80% or less of area median income.

Application Process

Eligible nonprofits aligned with our program funding priorities can apply according to their geographic location during the spring or fall application cycle. Applications will only be accepted once a year per organization, per cycle as listed below.

  • Spring Cycle Timeline
    • Application period:  April 1-30
    • Decision: Applicants will be notified by email of status within the Grants Connect portal on or before June 30
    • Applications will be accepted from organizations in the following regions/counties:
      • Austin – Travis & Williamson counties
      • Colorado Springs – El Paso county
      • Dallas – Dallas county
      • Denver – Adams, Arapaho, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties
      • Fort Worth – Hood, Johnson and Tarrant counties
      • Waco – McLennan  county
  • Fall Cycle Timeline
    • Application period:  September 1-30
    • Decision: Applicants will be notified by email of status within the Grants Connect portal on or before October 31.
    • Applications will be accepted from organizations in the following regions/counties:
      • Boulder – Boulder county
      • Dallas – Collin, Denton and Rockwall counties
      • Fort Collins – Larimer county
      • Greeley – Weld county
      • Houston – Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria counties
      • Sherman – Cooke and Grayson counties

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How to Apply

If you are located in and/or serve populations in our regions/counties listed under the Grant Cycle Timeline above, click here to apply through GrantsConnect. If you created an account in the past with GrantsConnect you may access with the email and password you created for your organization. If this is your first time to apply with us, you must sign-up with GrantsConnect to apply.

For technical assistance with setting up your account, there is a link to customer service email on the sign in page. They also offer a live chat feature.  If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by clicking on “Forgot your password?”

Grant Eligibility

To receive funding for any type of grant, organizations must:

  • Serve low- and moderate-income individuals, families, or small businesses.
  • Have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation or fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit organization.
  • Have programs that fall under Independent Financial’s philanthropic funding priorities: Community Development, Education, and Health & Wellness.
  • Be located in one or more of the counties we serve in our Market Areas.

Grant applications are evaluated based on the following considerations:

  • Scale best practices
  • Ability to measure and report on established outcomes-based success metrics aligned to strategic objectives
  • Deliver innovative and scalable solutions
  • Are completed in partnership, cooperation, and consultation with other agencies

Independent Financial will not consider grants for:

  • Organizations that do not primarily address the needs of low- and moderate-income communities.
  • Individual or team sponsorships
  • Event conferences or research projects
  • Organizations that discriminate against any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.
  • Religious organizations that are not engaged in a specific project that is nonsectarian and benefits a broad base of the community.
  • Political action committees, candidates, or causes.
  • Capital costs (brick and mortar, the purchase of capital equipment, or other capital projects).

Access to a list of our FAQs can be found here.

2022 Spring Grant Recipients

As of June this year, Independent Financial has proudly awarded over $300,000 to non-profit organizations working to create healthy, strong, and vibrant communities. Our Small Grants program supports the work of non-profits in our communities and focuses on serving low- and moderate-income population programs impacting Community Development, Education, and Health & Human Services.

2022 Grant Recipient logos

Contact Us

Please direct questions to the Community Investment contact in your region:
Aarika Plunkett – Community Development Officer for Houston & Austin
Brianna Adams – Community Development Officer for Colorado
Larshá Thomas – Community Development Officer for DFW (including McKinney & Sherman)
Kelli Diserens – Community Investment Director – Waco