“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes

GRANTS

Apply Today!

#1

Submit a Qualification Page
This helps us get to know you and your organization better.
Please be sure to submit your Qualification Page first.

#2

Download & Complete the Grant Application Form
Use the link below to download the form. You may print it and fill it out by hand or complete the form digitally.

#3

Submit Grant Application
Use the link below to email a scanned copy.
- OR -
Mail to: Mary Louise Dobson Foundation, P.O. Box 588, Wharton, TX 77488

Deadlines

November 1st & May 1st
for meetings occurring in the following months.

Grant application forms must be submitted on or before the designated deadlines in order to be considered at the next grant committee meeting.

Need Help?

For questions about the application process feel free to contact us.

Application Checklist

Please use this checklist to gather the data required with all applications:

Grant Guidelines

The Mary Louise Dobson Foundation grants shall primarily be for education, human services, health, civic or cultural purposes, with priority given to youth-related projects and current initiatives, according to the following guidelines.

1. The Mary Louise Dobson Foundation considers applications from and makes grants to 501(c)3 organizations and public charities in Wharton County. In the past, some projects for organizations lying outside this defined geographic area have been considered and/or approved when the specific project benefits citizens of the specified counties.

2. Grants shall be for capital and/or operating purposes on a single or installment grant basis, with or without matching funds.

3. Applications will be considered and reviewed with the Grants Committee for positive or negative recommendation to the Board of Directors for its consideration.

4. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or loans of any type. Although the Foundation supports scholarship programs, the Foundation does not select individual scholarship recipients. The Foundation prefers not to fund galas or gala-like, testimonial, advertising, promotional or fund-raising events. MLDF grants shall be primarily for specific, identifiable projects or purposes, rather than in response to general fund-raising programs by other charitable organizations. Grants to national charitable organizations or local chapters thereof will generally not be considered.

5. The MLDF Grants Committee will have authority to originate and present for recommendation to the full Board pro-active grants conceived by individual committee or board members of the committee or board as a whole.

6. Before an application can be considered, proof is required that the applicant has an exempt classification as described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and that it is considered “not a private foundation” within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code. An applicant may qualify under Section 170(c)1 if its requested grant is shown to be for public purposes only as described in the Code.

7. A decision to decline funding should not be interpreted as a negative evaluation of a program or organization. It is not feasible for the foundation to discuss with applicants’ reasons for declining a request, and the foundation does not provide critiques of proposals.

Qualification Page

Please submit this form as the first step in the application process. (see steps above for info on the whole process)

$15,000

 

RECIPIENTS

YEAR

GRANT RECIPIENT

AMOUNT

PURPOSE

LOCATION

2019

Boys & Girls Club of Bay City & Matagorda County

               $15,000.00

Operating Support

Bay City, Matagorda County

2019

Boys & Girls Club of El Campo

$10,000.00

Operating Support

El Campo, Wharton County

2019

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston

$300,000.00

 Operating Support

Wharton, Wharton County

2019

First United Methodist Church

$1,750.00

Hesed House

Wharton, Wharton County

2019

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
$6,000.00
Wharton Summer Camp

Wharton, Wharton County

2019

Just Do It Now, Inc.

$5,000.00

Operating Support

Wharton, Wharton County

2019

OakBend Medical Center

$75,000.00

Supporting OakBend services in Wharton

Wharton, Wharton County

2019

Wharton High School

$15,000.00

Support College & Career Assistance

Wharton, Wharton County

2019

Wharton County Library

$3,000.00

Support of Literacy Station – Children’s Library

Wharton, Wharton County

2019

Youth in Philanthropy

$14,125.00

Educational Program for WHS Students 

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

American Red Cross

$6,500.00

Support of Disaster Relief Program

 Wharton County

2020

Boys & Girls Club of Bay City  & Matagorda County

$15,000.00

Operating Support

Bay City, Matagorda County

2020

Boys & Girls Club of El Campo

$15,000.00

Operating Support

El Campo, Wharton County

2020

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston

$300,000.00

Operating Support

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston

$23,218.00

Capital Support

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Wharton Sustainable Business

$1,087.50

Sustainable Relief Program

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Faith Christian Academy

$5,000.00

Operating Support

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Gulf Coast CASA

$10,000.00

Support of Training & Recruitment of Volunteers

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Just Do It Now, Inc.

$10,000.00

Operating Support

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Matagorda County Crisis Center

$12,000.00

Capital Support

Wharton, Wharton & Matagorda County

2020

OakBend Medical Center

$155,000.00

Supporting Medical Services

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church

$25,000.00

Operating Support

El Campo, Wharton County

2020

Texas Hearing Institute

$5,000.00

Support Hearing/Speech Therapy Services for Children

Wharton County

2020

Wharton ISD

$680.00

WES Athletic Equipment

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Wharton ISD

$15,000.00

Support College & Career Assistance

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Wharton ISD

$12,500.00

Support of Community in Schools Program

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Wharton ISD

$6,800.00

Support of Literacy Program

Wharton, Wharton County

2020

Wharton Police Officer Association

$10,000.00

       Support of           “Operation: Blue Santa”

Wharton, Wharton County

Questions? Contact Us today!
The Mary Louise Dobson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Since you receive no goods or services as a result of your donation, your gift is considered a tax-deductible gift within the limits allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.  It is always best to check with your CPA as to the effect of your donation on your personal situation.