To be eligible, an organization must hold a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. This includes traditional nonprofit agencies with current 501(c)(3) status, recognized government entities requesting funds for public charitable purchases, K-12 public schools, community/junior colleges, state colleges and universities, or faith-based organizations with projects that benefit the community at large. Funds must also be used for the benefit of residents within the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. Individuals are not eligible to receive grants from AAF.
We highly recommend that you contact our Grants Officer before you begin the application process. They can offer guidance that may save you time. Create an account and login to the AAF Spectrum Portal. Spectrum Portal questions can be found below. On the Spectrum Portal Grant Applicant Home page, view Available Grants and complete the application for the selected grant.
Sample Grant Applications
- Sample Discretionary Grant Application
- Sample Catalyst Grant Application
- Sample HRMC Grant Application
- Sample CNS Pantex Grant Application
- Sample PPW Grant Application (Education)
- Sample PPW Grant Application (Civic)
- Sample WPF Grant Application
- Sample Slentz Grant Application
Grant Application Resources
If I have an open cooperative grant (CNSP, PPW, WPF, Slentz, CCH) am I eligible to apply for a Catalyst (CG) or Discretionary Grant (DG) or a different cooperative grant?
Yes. Cooperative grant programs have different eligibility requirements than DG or CG programs and from each other, and they are considered separately.
- Discretionary: over $20,000
- Catalyst: $2,500 to $20,000
- CNS Pantex: $2,500 to $10,000
- Pattern Panhandle Wind: $2,500 to $25,000
- Women’s Philanthropy Fund: $2,500 to $10,000
- Louise Bowers Slentz Fund: up to $300,000
The AAF Discretionary Grant Program has discreet focus areas of mental health, food insecurity, early childhood literacy, post-secondary attainment, digital equity, and access to childcare. Each cooperative grant program is catered to meet certain needs. Please visit the pages for each program to make the best decision for your organization.
- Discretionary: Amarillo Area Foundation and Harrington Foundation Boards of Directors
- Catalyst: External committee makes funding recommendations to AAF Board for final decisions.
- Cooperative Programs: External committees make funding recommendations to the AAF Board.
- HRMC: the HRMC Board of Directors
The Harrington Foundation does not accept applications directly, but many awards are suggested to them by the Amarillo Area Foundation for final approval. The Harrington Foundation is a supporting organization under the Amarillo Area Foundation.
I have filled out an online grant application and saved it, but when I log back in to complete the application, my work has not been saved. Can I retrieve this information?
Unfortunately, we are unable to retrieve lost data. Please use Google Chrome, as it seems to have the best functionality. We recommend that any work you plan to input on your online application is saved in a separate document in case information is lost due to technical difficulties.
Financial Statements in a final report would include the Statement of Activities (also known as profit/loss or income/expense report) for the fiscal year in which the grant award was received and spent. You will also need to submit a final project budget including actual profit/loss related to the project.
I have tried uploading pictures (.jpg) for my final report, but I keep getting an error message that I cannot upload that particular file type. What types of files are compatible to upload?
For file uploads in applications and reports, please use the following guidelines for compatibility:
File size of 10MG or less and be one of the following file extensions:
- Word document (.doc or .docx)
- Excel document (.xls or .xlsx)
- PDF (.pdf)
- Picture (.jpeg, .gif, .tiff, or .png)
- Text (.txt)