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Grantmaking Overview

The Legacy Foundation funds organizations that improve the quality of health in the lower Rio Grande area. It is our goal to work with others – both financially and strategically – to measurably improve the overall health in our area in the short- and long-term. If you work with a qualifying organization striving to achieve the same goals, please consider applying for a grant.

In order to strategically distribute foundation funds and streamline our process for our applicants, The Legacy Foundation has created a grant program that consists of several types of grants; Responsive,  Collaborative, Matching and Foundation Initiatives. Please read the following descriptions to determine which type of grant your organization should consider.  Our entire grant making process is handled online, please go to the home page and click "apply here" to get started.


Responsive Grants:

The Legacy Foundation will accept single year requests up to $50,000 from any qualified organization that meets our other eligibility requirements.  These grants are for projects or programs that support specific activities carried out over a defined period of time and/or planned to achieve a specific result or goal.

Collaborative Grants:
The Legacy Foundation will both accept and initiate (through an RFP process) applications for Collaborative Grants, requests that fall between $50,000 - $500,000.  These are meant to encourage collaboration among organizations working on larger projects, but a single organization's larger project could qualify as well.  If you have a project that exceeds $500,000 that you believe The Legacy Foundation would be interested in funding, please call or email us to discuss if it could be considered a Foundation Initiative.

A Letter of Interest (LOI) will be required first, once reviewed, the Foundation will notify the organization and if approved,  then a more in-depth application will be required.
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Matching Grants:

From time to time, an organization seeking funds will need to find a match to leverage funding.  If that need arises, please call our office to describe your need.  If it is something aligned with our goals, we will instruct you on how to apply for the matching funds.

Foundation Initiatives:

The Legacy Foundation will seek out projects that support our strategic goals.  Some examples of these could be large capital grants, emergency funding in the case of a crisis, participation in funding collaboratives, studies to assess healthcare needs in our area and so many more.  These grants will typically exceed $500,000.  Organizations who receive these grants will meet all our eligibility requirements, and will be instructed on how to apply for the funds.


The Legacy Foundation manages several endowments that fund individual scholarship opportunities for those seeking degrees or certifications in a healthcare related field.
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Our website has all the information you will need to get started, such as our guidelines and eligibility requirements, deadlines, application process and our online application. You may also contact us by phone at (956) 335-3039.