The Simmons Foundation focuses on organizations and proposals that show collaboration within the community and focus on utilizing best practices toward a goal of long-term sustainability. We are particularly focused on supporting advocacy from the ground up – empowering both organizations and individuals to advocate for the issues impacting their community. We are particularly interested in trauma-informed interventions that are client-centered.
The Foundation considers requests for both General Operating or Program grant requests.
The Simmons Foundation conducts mandatory information sessions to give you an overview of our grants process and our focus area for each quarter. The information sessions are mandatory for all organizations seeking funding, including current and previous grantees. If your organization is headquartered outside of the Greater Houston area, you will participate in the info session remotely.
4th Quarter Schedule –
Focus Area: HUMAN SERVICES
September 11, 2018- Information Session - Open for all to attend to learn more about our funding priorities
September 17, 2018- Invitations to Submit sent out - Only organizations that receive an Invitation to Submit will be allowed to complete an application
October 12, 2018- Application Deadline
December 2018- Winter Board Meeting
All deadlines are 5pm (CT).
Eligibility Criteria & Restrictions
Applicants applying to the Simmons Foundation are encouraged to attend one of our?quarterly information sessions?to receive in-depth information and feedback on the Foundation's giving areas. View our grant calendar to see when we will hold our next information session.
1. Organizations applying for funds must be tax exempt under sections 501 (c)(3) or 170 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity under section 509 (a) of the Code;
2. Organizations must be located in and around the greater Houston area or in pre-selected cities;
3. Organizations and agencies may request funds only once during a calendar year; Organizations must demonstrate direct impact on at least one of the Foundation's areas of focus;
4. Organizations that have been previously funded must submit a final grant report before receiving additional funds;?and
5. Organizations receiving multi-year grants may not request additional funds until the grant has been paid in full and a final grant report has been submitted (exceptional circumstances will be taken into account).
6. The Foundation does not provide support for capital campaigns or endowments. Funding for capacity building may be awarded as part of an operating or program request.
-Underwriting or contributions to luncheons, galas and social fundraisers
-Requests to support candidates for political office, political parties or PACs
-Requests for individual scholarships
-Major arts organizations
-Grants to local, national or international organizations' annual giving or holiday campaigns
-Grants to 509 (a) (3) Type III supporting organizations
-Medical research or disease-specific organizations
The Simmons Foundation funds faith-based organizations. However, the Foundation will deny funds to organizations that require clients to participate in religious worship or practices as a condition of service. Additionally, the Foundation will not fund organizations that deny assistance, including access or comprehensive information related to family planning, contraception and abortion services, or discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Childhood immunizations: The Foundation expects primary care clinics serving children to incorporate immunizations as part of their comprehensive primary care and pediatric services.
Sexual Health: The Foundation believes that women (including LGBTQ women) should have access to comprehensive care. This includes, among other things, a full range of sexual and contraceptive education, counseling, methods, and services so that women can better avoid sexually transmitted diseases and delay or prevent pregnancy or space their pregnancies to promote optimal birth outcomes.
Nondiscrimination Policies and Practices: The Simmons Foundation is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, have equal opportunities and can contribute fully to their communities. The Foundation will not support organizations who engage in discrimination against individuals based on their age, employment status, socioeconomic status, military status, religion, pregnancy status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, ethnicity and national origin.
The Simmons Foundation appropriately conforms to provisions of the USA Patriot Act.