Permian Basin Area Foundation announced $1,957,850 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving the West Texas region during a news conference held today at Bynum School. Of this amount, $1,357,850 was awarded during the semi-annual competitive grant cycle.
Aaron Bedell, chief operating officer, welcomed guests and spoke about the impact of the Foundation in the Permian Basin region. The Foundation has grown to include more than 315 permanent funds, serving communities of more than 20 counties in West Texas thanks to the generosity of donors. Bedell also shared as of April 30, 2019 the Foundation surpassed $205 million in assets. In addition, throughout the last 30 years of the Foundation’s history more than $105 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded.
Darlene Mays, member of the Grants Committee, presented the following 32 nonprofit organizations with competitive grant awards:
Alzheimer's Association West Texas Chapter - Midland
ABLE Center for Independent Living
American Heart Association
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Permian Basin
Buffalo Trail Council,
Boys Scouts of America
CASA of West Texas
Club Fort Davis After School Program
Dress for Success Permian Basin
Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin
The Field's Edge
Fort Stockton Community Theatre
Greater Ideal Family Life Center
Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
Marfa Studio of Arts
McDonald Observatory/ University of Texas at Austin
Midland Shared Spaces, Inc.
Midland Teen Court, Inc.
Mission Center Adult Day Service
Muscular Dystrophy Association of West Texas
North Side Movement
Odessa College Foundation
Permian Basin Be the Change
Reflections Ministries of Texas
Rock the Desert
Sharing Hands A Respite Experience, Inc.
Snyder Community Resource Center
Sterling County EMS
Teen F.L.O.W. Youth Ministry
Van Horn Education Foundation
West Texas Gifts of Hope
Western Texas Lions Eye Bank Alliance
In addition to these competitive grant awards, the Foundation is announced grants totaling $300,000 to 11 organizations from the Dollie Ruth Neal Education Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide education opportunities for women across West Texas, with an emphasis on empowering single mothers to become self-sufficient.
The Foundation also announced a grant to the Borderland Research Institute of $300,000 over the next four years. This grant will support the Respect Big Bend Coalition initiative to support community and landowner education about the growth of energy development in the Trans Pecos region. https://respectbigbend.org/
Semi-annually, the Foundation announces competitive grant awards following review of applications submitted in the spring and fall. Fall grant pre-applications are due on October 1, 2019. Visit www.pbaf.org to apply.