***The current grant cycle has closed and will reopen March 1, 2018.***

If you have questions, please contact Julie at jgaston@hw-foundation.com.

Grant Guidelines

In the broadest terms, the Foundation’s goal for grant making is to provide funding for appropriate charitable organizations to enhance or support efforts to improve the quality of life for present and future generations of the people of Texas with focus on the greater Richmond, Texas area. To achieve this goal, the Directors have chosen areas of emphasis which include education, historical, animals and wildlife, religious organizations, human services, and mental health including substance abuse.

Under most circumstances, the Foundation does not consider grants to individuals, grants for fine or performing arts, underwriting or sponsorship of fund-raising events, loans, organizations that re-grant, fraternal or political organizations, advertising, direct mail or media projects, travel, conferences, conventions or seminars.

In most cases, the minimum amount to be funded would be $10,000 and it is unusual for the Foundation to consider a grant request from the same applicant more frequently than one time within a twelve month period; longer if a grantee has a multi-year grant in process.

There are no application deadlines.  The Foundation’s Board of Directors meets regularly; however, not all meetings are focused on grant making.  Therefore, it should be noted that the entire application process, including the Letter of Inquiry and Application, may take up to 8 months for the Foundation to make a determination.  Please plan accordingly.


Application Process

All applications must start with a Letter of Inquiry in our online grants system.   If your organization has never received a grant from The Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation, choose HWF Grant Request – New Applicant.  If your organization has received a grant from our Foundation, choose HWF Grant Request – Previous Grantee. 

Please prepare before starting this process by reviewing the Letter of Inquiry Form and the Application Form below and having answers and documents ready. To ensure consideration of your request, you must answer all required questions, press the submit button located at the bottom of the form, and receive emailed confirmation of the submittal. Information and documents involved in the grant process are time sensitive, so Letters of Inquiry left unsubmitted in our system may be abandoned after 30 days.

If your Letter of Inquiry is approved by our staff or Board, you will receive an email notification when the Application Form has been assigned to your online account, and you will have 90 days to submit the completed form.

***The current grant cycle has closed and will reopen March 1, 2018.***

If you have questions, please contact Julie at jgaston@hw-foundation.com.

To access the online grants system, click here.


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As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Julie Gaston
Grants Officer

Penny Meek
Grants and Operations Administrator