Grantmaking Guidelines


Organizations that apply for funding from The Lesley Family Foundation must be classified as public charities and tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Geographic Focus

The Foundation focuses its giving primarily in North Texas and grants to other geographical interests of the family.

Program Type

Grants are made to support primarily operating and program/project needs, but requests for capital improvements may also be considered.

Grant Range

The majority of grants from the Foundation are one year in duration.

Grant amounts will average from $10,000 to $100,000. Larger multi-year commitments can be awarded. The average grant size is $35,000.

Grant Limitations

Only one request will be accepted from an organization during a 12-month period.

Grant Restrictions

Grants for individuals or for endowment campaigns are not considered.

How to Apply

Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

E-mailed, mailed, hand-delivered, or faxed applications will not be acknowledged.

Applicants should review our procedures before beginning an online application.