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The Cooper Foundation’s mission is to make Waco, Texas a better or more desirable city in which to live. This is realized through support of experimental projects, research, surveys, and special community needs for which normal financing is not available. We are proud to fund projects that impact all aspects of life in Waco – education, health, arts and culture, community building and social services, and senior citizens.

Nonprofit organizations seeking funding from the Cooper Foundation are highly encouraged to discuss their grant application with Foundation staff before and during its preparation. This can be a time-saver in determining whether a proposal fits within foundation guidelines, interests, and current priorities. Additionally, we can often help clarify plans and ideas and can offer advice on the preparation of a request. We know how precious time and resources are to nonprofit organizations, and we want to ensure that your time developing a proposal is well-spent. In other words – we don’t want to waste anyone’s time!

Please note that an invitation to submit a proposal does not imply a guarantee or promise of funding, but merely sufficient interest in a program and that the Board of Directors would like more information so that they may evaluate whether the program meets the Foundation’s highest funding priorities.

Application Process

  1. Determine if your organization is ready for foundation funding: Organizational Readiness Checklist.
  2. Submit a GRANT INQUIRY form (Inquiry Form button below) OR call the foundation to discuss your potential application with Cooper staff.
  3. Submit a full proposal through the online system (by invitation) after discussing application with staff.

Applications are due on the first Friday of every month and will be reviewed approximately three months later (e.g. if you submit your application in October, it will be considered at the January board meeting.)

Recent Grants

  • Caritas of Waco, $33,861
  • City of Waco, $125,000
  • Family Abuse Center, $52,802.44
  • Grassroots Community Development, $72,000
  • MCC Foundation, $84,895
  • McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center, $40,000
  • Waco Habitat for Humanity, $39,800

Upcoming Deadlines

Applications are due on the first Friday of every month and will be reviewed approximately three months later (e.g. if you submit your application in October, it will be considered at the January board meeting).

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UPCOMING DEADLINES

Applications are due on the first Friday of every month and will be reviewed approximately three months later (e.g. if you submit your application in October, it will be considered at the January board meeting). Visit our grants page to learn more about the process of applying.

 

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