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10 Answers You Need Before You Apply for A Grant

Nov 2, 2021

10 Answers You Need Before You Apply for A Grant

By 

Shunnay Gilmore

Hello, Texoma Community! My name is Shunnay Gilmore, and I am the Grants & Giving Lead for Texoma Health Foundation. I am so excited to share answers to the top 10 most frequently asked questions about our grant process.


Let me start by saying: nonprofit organizations are absolutely essential for our communities. And because non-profit organizations do not profit from the vital services they provide, they often rely on grants to financially support their efforts.


Texoma Health Foundation (THF) partners with area nonprofits who help us reach our mission smarter and faster than we could working alone. By providing non-profits resources, Texoma Health Foundation makes a difference in the lives of people across our 4-county region. To apply you must serve communities within Grayson, Fannin, Bryan or Marshall County and propose a project that will have a measurable and positive impact on the community. 


If your non-profit organization needs funding for a program in our area that shares our health and wellness focus, you may be eligible to receive a grant from THF. Before applying for a grant, review the ten frequently asked questions below to help you decide if a THF grant could be the right fit for your program. 


Top 10 most asked questions about Texoma Health Foundation Grants



  1. Who is eligible for a grant? 

We award grants to non-profit organizations such as 501(c)(3)s, schools and educational organizations, government agencies and churches or religious institutions. 


In addition, your organization must serve the communities within Grayson, Fannin, Marshall and Bryan counties. 


  1. What type of projects or programs do you consider?

In addition to our 4-county focus, we also require that your organization or program is specifically dedicated to promoting health and wellness or nursing retention. 


We have funded projects that focus on: 

  • Behavioral Health: (mental health and substance use)
  • Dental
  • Diabetes
  • Healthy Living and/or Prevention
  • HIV and/or STD
  • Hospice Care
  • Nursing
  • Primary Care


Our current high-priority focus is on:  

  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Access to Healthcare Service
  • Increasing and retaining of healthcare professionals


  1. What is the process for receiving a grant?

If you believe your non-profit organization and your desired program meet the requirements, your first step is to submit an eligibility form. You can submit this form any time of the year, even before the grant writing cycle opens. 


We will review your eligibility and, if your organization is verified, your next step is to complete our grant application and submit it during the open grant writing cycle (more on that below).  


This application gives you the opportunity to share more detailed information about your organization, the program that needs funding, the impact you plan to have in the community and more. We will evaluate all eligible applications each year to award grants to the areas of most need in the community. 


  1. When does the grant writing cycle open and close?

We open the grant writing cycle each year in early summer and close the cycle in the fall of each year. Specific dates are posted each year on our website.


Remember that you may still submit your eligibility form year-round. 


  1. What is the relationship between THF and Fannin County Hospital Authority?

The purpose of the Fannin County Hospital Authority Fund is to support the health and well-being of the residents of Fannin County with a priority given to programs and projects that focus on mental health and wellness, as well as access to care. Additionally, organizations that are physically providing services within Fannin County will have priority. Giving from the Fannin County Hospital Authority Fund is overseen by the Fannin County Hospital Authority with the Texoma Health Foundation serving as the Fund’s fiduciary agent.


  1. Can grants be used for capital campaigns?

Yes, nonprofits can request dollars to support capital campaign efforts through our grant writing cycle subject to the same eligibility requirements as other programs. Grant awards are determined based on the campaign details, the impact in our 4-county area and the health and wellness benefits for the community.  


  1. What is the average grant award amount?

We are excited to share that in 2021 we were able to raise our combined average grant award amount to $77,751, thanks in part to our partnership with Fannin County Hospital Authority.


  1. If our organization is located outside the 4 counties but provides services in-county, is our organization or program eligible?

Yes. As part of your grant application process, you will be required to provide documentation of your organizations’ or programs’ impact within our 4-county area to be eligible for grant consideration. Dollars must be expended for the direct benefit of residents in our 4-county service area.

  1. How are your grants funded? Where does the funding come from?

Donations are made to THF through many different avenues. When we receive an unrestricted donation, 100% of those funds go back to the community through our grant program. 


  1. How do grants impact the community when partnered with THF?

When your organization receives a THF grant, we help you create deeper, more meaningful differences in the lives of our community members. Together, we help create solutions to address most critically urgent needs of our neighbors. And when one community member is lifted up through your services, the whole community is lifted up as well. In short, we help you make the biggest difference possible so we can all live happy, healthy and hopeful lives. 



I hope this article helps to answer your questions about our grant program. I am honored to serve our community as a part of the THF team, and I am here to support you throughout the grant process. Of course, if you have any additional questions, just give me a call!


Shunnay Gilmore



Shunnay Gilmore

gilmore@texomahealth.org

903.337.0755