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Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive funding from the Legacy Foundation, an organization must:

  • Be a nonprofit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501(a) or 170(c); or an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code,
  • Serve residents of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr or Willacy counties,
  • Request funding for projects or programs that demonstrate a positive effect on the health of residents within our funding area, and
  • Have no funded requests on file within the previous 12 month period within the Responsive, Operational or Collaborative categories.

The Legacy Foundation WILL consider funding for:

  • New projects or programs,
  • Operating expenses,
  • Multi-year requests,
  • Capital purchases and projects,
  • Indirect costs up to 10%,
  • Matching funds, and
  • Staff positions (IF an adequate sustainability plan is in place for the position if it is permanent).

The Legacy Foundation WILL NOT consider funding for:

  • Insurance premiums,
  • Endowments,
  • Individuals,
  • Fundraising event sponsorships,
  • Debt retirement, or
  • Operational deficits.

Priority will be given to proposals that impact many, are collaborative in nature, reflect effective stewardship of organizational resources, demonstrate replicable programs, and are supported by many in our community – volunteers and/or donors.Organizations may submit one proposal per cycle, if not currently funded.  Please call our office at (956) 335-3039 if you have questions.


Responsive Grant Requests:

The Legacy Foundation accepts responsive grant applications twice a year, with deadlines of May 1 and November 1:timeline2 All applications must be completed online, including the submission of all required attachments, in order to be processed.  PLEASE NOTE THAT DEADLINES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED, so please start early and call our staff if you have any questions or need assistance in any way! Our number is (956) 335-3039 and we will be happy to help you in any way we can. However, allow extra time for responses during deadline weeks.

Collaborative Grant Requests:

The Legacy Foundation will accept a Letter of Intent (LOI) for Collaborative requests. Please go to the "Apply Here" button to find the online form for the LOI.  The LOI's have deadlines of September 20th for the November 1st Application Deadline and March 20th for the May 1st deadline.  Program staff will review the LOI and respond with a declination or invitation for a full proposal within one month.  If a full proposal is requested, then you will proceed to the application stage, which is also an online process.  If you have any questions, please contact our staff.

Matching Funds:

If your organization is seeking matching funds, as required by a funder for a project, please contact our office to give us more information.  If your project is aligned with our goals, we will give you instructions on how to apply for a match.  We believe it's important to collaborate with funders to maximize our impact, and the Sí Texas Initiative with Methodist Healthcare Ministries serves as our first example.

Foundation Initiatives:

The Legacy Foundation will seek proposals from organizations who are working on projects that are a strategic priority to the Foundation.  If you are asked to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), you will be given instructions on how to access the online forms.  You may also contact our staff with a proposal idea, if the idea is aligned, you may be asked to proceed with the LOI.  Program staff will review the LOI and respond with a declination or invitation for a full proposal within one month. If a full proposal is requested, a staff Director will work with your organization to establish a timeline for the submission of the full proposal, a site visit, Board consideration and other relevant activities.NOTE:  You may submit multiple requests within a cycle, but only one will be chosen from the following categories:  Responsive or Collaborative.  If one proposal is chosen for funding, then your organization will not be eligible for these processes until your funded year has been completed.  For example, if you receive a Responsive grant (Deadline is 5/1/17 and funded in 8/2017) then your organization won't be eligible to apply until Nov. 1, 2018.  The funded year begins in August 2017.

Scholarship Requests:

Please refer to our scholarship section for details on application processes and deadlines.