The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country’s aim is to improve the quality of life for area residents. We work hard to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to our care and strive to make grant decisions that not only promote solutions to community challenges, but also build the capacity of nonprofits to collaboratively partner with others to improve the quality of life.

The Foundation only grants awards to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are providing services in Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Real, and Uvalde counties.


The Community Foundation makes grants through its Community Impact Fund: a responsive, open, competitive application process with only one annual deadline. The Foundation invites applications from nonprofits offering services or conducting programming within any part of its service area. The Community Impact Fund has four impact areas and only makes grants from the Fund in these areas:

  • Arts & Heritage
  • Basic Human Needs
  • Environment
  • Youth Development

The Community Impact Fund only considers requests for general operating support or program support. Capital campaigns, sponsorships, and professional development opportunities are types of requests not eligible for the Community Impact Fund.

Applications will be available on Monday, April 1, 2019, and are due no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, June 3, 2019. Grant decisions will be announced on or before Thursday, August 1, 2019. Grant application deadlines are absolute – applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Further details about the Community Impact Fund can be found in the “Grant Guidelines” and the “Frequently Asked Questions” documents below.

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The One Wish program connects Community Foundation donors to “wishes” submitted by nonprofit organizations. “Wishes” are tangible items that may not fit into a traditional funding stream or go un-budgeted, but nonetheless contribute to organizational success. Nonprofits that have filed Community Impact Fund application in the past five years are eligible to apply to potentially be included in the One Wish catalog. Applications are reviewed and a handful of wishes are selected to be published in the year-end giving guide.

One Wish applications will be available in Fall 2018. Selection into the One Wish catalog does not guarantee the wish will be granted.

Below are “wishes” granted by Foundation donors in the 2017 One Wish catalog:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Bandera County – Pool Table – $1,900
  • Dietert Center – Projector Equipment – $1,794
  • Gillespie County Historical Society – Copy Machine – $500
  • Good Samaritan Center – Industrial Shredder – $2,600
  • Hill Country Animal League – Surgical Kits – $2,500
  • Hill Country Community Needs Council – Protein Beef Sticks – $2,500
  • K’STAR – Wireless Printers – $1,200
  • Riverside Nature Center – Outdoor Furniture – $3,586
  • Silver Sage Community Center – Controlled Temperature Cabinet – $1,726
  • Mary’s Catholic School – Tuff Shed Storage Building – $2,373
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