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Texas COVID Relief Fund

Helping Texas communities recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic takes all of us coming together to support our fellow neighbors.

Even in a state as large and diverse as Texas, we are united by a common spirit of giving to support those in need during times of crisis. To address the extraordinary challenges on the road to recovery ahead, please donate now to the Texas COVID Relief Fund, which will provide critical funding and resources to nonprofit and government organizations across the state that are serving local communities.

OneStar Foundation has been designated by the State of Texas to raise and distribute funds to eligible organizations working on the ground to support the economic recovery of Texas communities impacted by the coronavirus. Click here to read the announcement of the Texas COVID Relief Fund by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

If you would like to make a donation via check, wire or ACH payment, or stock donation,
please e-mail admin@onestarfoundation.org for instructions.


OneStar Foundation is announcing the availability of $500,000 in grant funding through the Texas COVID Relief Fund to support organizations across the state working to ensure the economic recovery of communities in Texas. Grants of up to $150,000 will support projects that address the unmet needs of vulnerable populations and underserved communities in the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education. Funds can be requested for general operational expenses or for project expenses of a specific COVID-related project. With limited funding available for this round, priority will be given to organizations helping address gaps and unmet needs across the state, as further detailed below.  Additional rounds may be announced if funds become available.

Eligibility

Organization Type: 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and government entities
Service Area: Statewide or multiple county jurisdiction 
Services Provided: Organization must provide services that address immediate response or long-term recovery efforts in response to COVID-19 in at least one of the three areas: 

  • Health 
  • Education and Childcare
  • Community and Economic Development 

Additional Funding Criteria

With limited funding available for this round of grant awards, three additional criteria have been identified, and funding will be prioritized for nonprofit organizations and government agencies that meet all or most of these criteria:

  • Organizations with a history of providing services statewide or across a significant portion of the state.
  • Organizations with a history of providing services to regions of the state that are rural, underserved, and/or with limited access to local philanthropic relief funding.
  • Organizations with a history of providing services to one or more vulnerable populations, such as seniors, children, homeless, low income and displaced workers, first responders, medical professionals, and those without other resources. 

Grant Terms

  • Grant Type: Funds can be requested for general operational expenses or for project expenses of a specific COVID-related project
  • Grant Amount: Grants will range from $20,000 to $150,000
  • Grant Term: up to 1 year

Process 

Organizations that meet eligibility criteria should submit a proposal application via OneStar Foundation’s online portal no later than Thursday, June 25, 2020 by 11:59PM Central Time. Proposals will be scored based on alignment with our funding priorities. The OneStar Foundation Board of Directors has final approval of all grant awards.

Timeline

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Application opens

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Application deadline

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Award notification

How to Apply 

The link to access the online application portal will be posted here on Thursday, June 11, 2020. For those who wish to prepare their submission in advance, a copy of the questions that will be asked on the application will be shared here on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Please check back soon!


FAQs

For Donors

  • How will my donation be used?

    The Texas COVID Relief Fund is committed to supporting Texas communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will raise funds, organize, and coordinate resources to distribute to organizations that promote community and economic development, healthcare, and education. Your donation will support local priorities and organizations serving the unmet needs of vulnerable populations and underserved communities.

  • What impacted areas of Texas will you serve?

    The Texas COVID Relief Fund will serve Texas communities across the state—large and small, urban and rural—to fill unmet needs and empower local governments and organizations to support their neighbors during this time of crisis. Priority consideration will be given to organizations that can support relief efforts across multiple jurisdictions and counties.

  • How will you measure impact?

    The Texas COVID Relief Fund team believes strongly in measuring outcomes, and we will report out regularly on how the money is being used and the results on the ground. Contributors can expect regular communications about our work and the impact of our funding. More details will be available as we move forward with funding and other partnerships in this work.

  • Is my donation tax deductible?

    The Texas COVID Relief Fund is administered by OneStar Foundation, a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity (EIN: 20-0166368). Because your donation was made as a gift without the return of any goods or services, your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor regarding any specifics regarding deductibility of your donation. You will receive a written acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your records after your donation has been received.

  • Can I donate items in-kind to this fund?

    The Texas COVID Relief Fund is not equipped to accept in-kind donations of items. If you are interested in donating supplies, services, or equipment, please visit texas.gov/covid19 for current needs and opportunities.

For Applicants

  • When will funding be made available?

    The application for funding will open on Thursday, June 11, 2020 and will be due by Thursday, June 25, 2020. Organizations selected for funding will be notified on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. With limited funding available for this round, priority will be given to organizations helping address gaps and unmet needs across the state. Additional rounds may be announced if funds become available.

  • Who is eligible to receive funding from the Texas COVID Relief Fund?

    501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and government entities that serve Texas communities statewide or across multiple county jurisdictions are elgible to apply. Applicant organization must provide services that address immediate response or long-term recovery efforts in response to COVID-19 in the areas of health, education & childcare, and/or community & economic development.

  • How will you decide which organizations receive funding?

    OneStar Foundation has a dedicated programmatic team to review applications and manage the distribution of funds to organizations on the ground in the affected areas in Texas. All grant awards will be vetted and approved by the OneStar Board of Directors. Our work is built on working with and listening to a multitude of creative and committed people across government, community, national, and international organizations, businesses, and most especially, those living the reality of this pandemic every day. We proactively seek guidance from disaster relief and recovery experts and practitioners in the field and anticipate working alongside long-standing philanthropic and government partners to leverage match funding collaborations.

    With limited funding available for this round of grant awards, three additional criteria have been identified, and funding will be prioritized for nonprofit organizations and government agencies with a history of providing services:

    • statewide or across a significant portion of the state;
    • to regions of the state that are rural, underserved, and/or with limited access to local philanthropic relief funding; and
    • to one or more vulnerable populations, such as seniors, children, homeless, low income and displaced workers, first responders, medical professionals, and those without other resources.
  • Can individuals or families apply for funding?

    We believe the most impactful way to help is by working with organizations that have first-hand knowledge of the needs of the communities, and how to scale solutions to reach all the people they serve. As a result, we are not accepting applications from individuals or families through the Texas COVID Relief Fund. Families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to visit 211 Texas and texas.gov/covid19 for resources and information.


Fund Partners

We need as many people as possible to join us in this effort, because we truly are all in this together. We appreciate the gifts from all of our donors, large and small. We will be listing Fund Partners donating $50,000 or more on our website. This list will be regularly updated and will only include Fund Partners who give us permission to share their information. If you would like to become a Fund Partner, please email admin@onestarfoundation.org .

Thank you for the generous support of our Fund Partners!

Texas COVID Relief Fund Partners | Pfizer Foundation | Reliant - an NRG company | NextEra Energy


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