The Powell Foundation Grant

From The Powell Foundation

The Powell Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to catalyzing progress in public education through bold and collaborative grantmaking and initiatives. Recognizing the importance of promoting conditions necessary for children and youth to thrive, the Foundation also invests in the arts, conservation, and human services.

Grant uses


The Powell Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in education, the arts, conservation, and human services. Education is our primary area of focus.

Education: The Powell Foundation seeks to ensure that children and youth, especially those furthest from opportunity, receive an excellent cradle-to-career education that prepares them for meaningful employment and lifelong success. Focus areas include:

  • Early childhood development and education
  • Quality public K-12 schools
  • Post-secondary pathways to success
  • Aligned cradle-to-career education systems

Supportive Communities: The Powell Foundations invests in the arts, conservation, and human services to build robust communities that allow residents, particularly children and youth, to thrive. Focus areas include:

  • Arts education
  • Public arts and culture access
  • Conservation and environmental education
  • Connecting people to nature
  • Environmental protection
  • Stabilization and empowerment
  • Emotional wellbeing


Organization's Location
Program Location
TX (with preference for Harris County, Travis County, Walker County)
Organization Type


Endowments or endowment campaigns
Scholarship funds
Other private foundations
Fundraising and marketing events (e.g. galas)
Debt retirement or to cover past operating deficits
Candidates for political office or to influence specific legislation (lobbying)
Organizations for realizing religious or doctrinal purpose (faith-based 501c3 organizations may apply for grants for non-sectarian programming and projects that further the Powell Foundation’s charitable purpose in the areas of education, the arts, conservation, or human services and serve a broad population of the community beyond faith-based congregation)
not specified


You may submit applications every year.
Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Application deadline
May 31
Step 2: Full proposal (check website)
Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)