Grant Application

The trustees primarily focus on organizations serving Houston and the Greater Gulf Coast. They prefer to support specific capital needs and projects. To further the goal of funding a wide variety of organizations and projects, the trustees typically do not give to the same organizations year after year. In addition, with the exception of a limited number of appeals, the trustees have a policy of declining grants to annual giving campaigns, endowment funds, operating budgets and special events. The Foundation is unable to make grants to individuals. The Foundation’s annual report is available for review by appointment.

Applications for funding may be submitted from January through June 30 of each year using the Foundation’s online system. As described earlier on this site, completed applications are reviewed by the Board of Trustees and the Associate Board. The review process takes place during the summer and ends in early October. Final decisions regarding funding are made by October 31. Please understand that because we always receive far more applications than we can fund, we are unable to provide individual feedback on why an application was declined. As long as an application meets our guidelines, it will be given every consideration during the review process.

If you wish to apply, please use the following link to begin your application: 2024 Application



  • Deadline for submitting an application:  June 30
  • The Elkins Foundation only accepts submissions through our online application