North Texas What We Fund

Starting in 2015, the King Foundation’s grant guidelines for North Texas focus strategically on a narrower range of issues within our broad historical giving areas. The changes to the grant guidelines apply to competitively awarded grants for our five-county North Texas giving region, grantmaking in West Texas and Arkansas remain the same.)


The Foundation developed the guidelines based on the results of a series of community conversations with 130 representatives from North Texas nonprofits working in those giving areas, who were asked to identify the points of greatest potential leverage.


To address those leverage points, the Foundation will use different strategies, including competitive grantmaking for direct services, collaborative projects with groups of grantmakers or nonprofits, and changes in service-delivery systems.


The Foundation is continuing to explore the cooperative and systemic strategies, and will announce further funding opportunities through this website.



  • AGING POPULATION: Helping seniors protect or improve their financial independence, through efforts such as employment services, money management programs, financial literacy education, benefits counseling, debt management assistance, food and nutrition security, mental health counseling and case management, transportation, and home improvement or repair; and protecting seniors from physical or financial abuse.


  • ARTS, CULTURE, AND HISTORY: Providing artistic, historical, or cultural experiences that enhance learning in school-age children, or extend the benefit of the arts to children, the elderly, and others who might not otherwise have access; helping the cultural sector build future audiences and generate sustained operational funding.


  • CHILDREN AND YOUTH: Assisting young people who are aging out of the foster care system in preparing for independent adulthood, including case management, education, employment, housing, and mental health services; and supporting youth that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.


  • EDUCATION: Supporting the educational and social-emotional development of children ages birth to five, including pre-K programs, kindergarten readiness efforts, and quality improvement initiatives.


  • INDIGENT: Addressing the wealth gap by improving the financial stability and economic security of individuals and families through an integrated approach of improving financial health, income supports, and employment, offered either by a single agency or a group of agencies working in concert.