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The Hillcrest Foundation was created by Mrs. W.W. Caruth, Sr. (Mrs. Earle Clark Caruth) in 1958 to provide financial support to qualified Texas charitable organizations for the advancement of education, the promotion of health, and the relief of poverty. Most grants are made to charitable organizations located in Dallas County and the surrounding area.
Mrs. W.W. Caruth, Sr. was from a pioneer family who settled in the Dallas area in 1848. Several Caruth family generations owned and managed farms and ranches, which the family later developed into real estate properties as Dallas became a major metropolitan area. Each succeeding generation has been characterized by a pioneering spirit, vision, courage, hard work and generosity. The Hillcrest Foundation was created to carry the Caruth family’s generosity to the people of Texas.
The Trustees will give priority consideration to the following types of grant requests:
- Construction/improvements of permanent buildings
- Programs and special projects for education, health and poverty relief
- Capital campaigns
- Buildings, facilities and equipment
The Hillcrest Foundation has three deadlines annually: February 28, July 31, and November 30. Grant applicants are notified as follows:
- February deadline applicants will be notified of grant decisions by June 30
- July applicants will be notified by November 30
- November applicants will be notified by March 31 of the following year.
Grant requests for capital and program support are strongly encouraged. Grant requests for general operating support will not be considered. The majority of grants from the Hillcrest Foundation are 1 year in duration. On occasion, multi-year support is awarded. Approximately 90% of grant funds are paid to organizations in North Texas, with emphasis on charitable services in the Dallas area. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $300,000 (multi-year payment) with an average grant of $35,000.
Submission information is located in the Application and Procedures module on the right-hand side of this page.
The Trustees favorably consider proposals which are unique, necessary, and of high priority for the charitable organizations, and which do not duplicate other services which are available; proposals for which funding may not be readily available from other sources; and essential projects which are sufficiently described as worthwhile, important and of a substantive nature. Grants to meet challenges or matching funds have a special appeal.
An organization that receives a one-year grant from the Foundation must skip two years before submitting a subsequent application. For example, an organization that received a one-year grant in June of 2008 is not eligible to reapply until July of 2010.
An organization that receives a multi-year grant from the Trust is not eligible to apply until two years after the close of its grant cycle. For example, an organization that received a two-year grant in June of 2008, cannot reapply to the Trust until July of 2011.
If your last request was declined, one year must expire before you apply again.