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who can apply for grants
Grants are made exclusively to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Waco, Texas. Cooper Foundation makes no advance commitments for continued funding beyond the project grant and does not provide funds for normal operating costs or religious purposes.

To know if your organization is ready for foundation funding, please read our Organizational Readiness Checklist.

Do you fund projects in communities around Waco?
No. We fund projects in Waco only. Waco Foundation provides grants to organizations throughout McLennan County.

What is the maximum or minimum we can request?
There are no set limitations on the amount that can be requested. Staff may be able to offer helpful guidance on an appropriate request. We encourage you to look at our grantmaking history for an idea of the size of past grants.

Can we apply online?
Yes. If, after you have discussed a potential application with staff, they determine that your project fits within the guidelines of the foundation, you will be given an access code for the online application. We believe that the process of discussing projects with staff saves time for persons seeking grants whose organizations are not eligible to apply. Also, we find it helpful to discuss potential projects, clarifying plans and ideas, before grant writers prepare their formal proposals. Inquirers are encouraged to email or call us at 254.754.0315.

Why don't you fund ongoing operating expenses?
Madison Cooper, who established the Foundation, specified that our funds should support special purposes rather than 
normal operations.

What does “no advance commitment of funds” mean?
Money will not be pledged for future years. If we fund a project, we fully fund it when the grant is made.

Do you fund religious activities?
No. Eligible applicants do not include churches, projects tied to churches, or other religious causes.

How many times can the same organization be funded?
An organization may apply once a year and can be funded for a variety of separate projects across time; however, an organization cannot be funded for the same project more than once.


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