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Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust

Proposal due August 1
Program type Arts, Culture, & Humanities; Education; Health; Human Services
Area served TX
Restrictions None
Grant history

Mission

Helen Sparks was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but went to college in the east. After graduation she returned to Fort Worth where she worked with the Fort Worth Little Theater. A cultured woman, she was interested in local artists and supported them by commissioning works. She also enjoyed literature and needlepoint. The Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust, which made its first distributions in 1971, was created to benefit charitable organizations focused on:

  • The elderly who are disabled in any way
  • Children who are disabled, orphaned or disadvantaged
  • The arts, including performing and nonperforming arts
  • Education

"The Trustee shall always show preference for those organizations which do not receive the predominate portion of their funds from government sources."

Guidelines

The Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust application deadline is August 1. The Trust considers requests from charitable organizations that focus on the program areas noted above.

Preference is given to organizations, operating in, or serving Tarrant County.

Eligibility to re-apply for a grant award from the Helen Gertrude Sparks Charitable Trust requires organizations to skip 1 grant cycle (1 year) before submitting a subsequent application. For example, if your organization submitted a grant application for the August 2019 deadline and received a grant award within the same year, your organization would not be eligible to re-apply until August of 2021.

This foundation makes approximately 2-3 awards each year and grants are typically between $5,000 and $15,000.

Bank contact

To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact us:

tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com

Please indicate the foundation name in the email subject line.

Detailed foundation contact information can be found in the Procedures.

Bank contact

To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact us:

tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com

Please indicate the foundation name in the email subject line.

Detailed foundation contact information can be found in the Procedures.