About Our Grantmaking

As the community foundation for McLennan County, our mission is to improve the quality of life for area residents. We work hard to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to our care and strive to make grant decisions that not only promote solutions to community challenges, but also build the capacity of service providers to partner collaboratively with others to improve the quality of life of area residents.

Waco Foundation only grants awards to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are physically located in and serve the Waco-McLennan County, Texas area.


Helping people overcome poverty permanently. Priority will be given to the most focused, cost-effective methods of:

  • Significantly reducing teen pregnancy
  • Significantly increasing graduation rates from high school, technical school, community college and college

Supporting valuable projects that are:

  • Interesting, unique and energizing; and which seek to make Waco a vibrant, inclusive and attractive community
  • Considered to be critical components and high priorities of the entire community

Increasing the capacity of McLennan County’s nonprofit sector and the ability of the community-at-large, to address challenges by:

  • Strengthening nonprofit sustainability
  • Helping local organizations collaborate
  • Increasing leadership capacity and pathways

Funding organizations which provide support and service to our most vulnerable residents – people in poverty, people with disabilities, the elderly, children and youth (primarily through Immediate Impact Grants).

To learn more about our grantmaking practices, we encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions - Grantmaking Practices document.  For more information about the online application process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions - Accessing and Using the Online Portal document.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Nicole Wynter, at or 254.754.3404 to discuss their project before submitting an application.


  • Click here to access the online grant application portal to begin work on or complete an application.
  • Click here to preview the application.



Phone: 254-754-3404
Fax: 254-753-2887


1227 N. Valley Mills Drive
Suite 235
Waco, TX 76710

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