Community Grants Program
This strategic community outreach initiative focuses on investing resources into meaningful projects and programs that enhance our local communities and strengthen our region’s prosperity.
2022 Community Grants Recipients
Congratulations to our 2022 Port Houston Community Grants Recipients! Click the link below for a list of this year’s recipients and their programs.
Grant Specifics & Focus Initiatives
Port Houston’s Community Grants Program offers the opportunity for qualifying organizations to apply for funding through an open, and competitive application process.
Port Houston is particularly interested in supporting programs or services that align with our current outreach priorities including:
- Community Outreach
- Revitalizing Communities, Parks, and Greenspaces with a focus on communities that are within three miles of the Ship Channel
- Economic & Workforce Development
- Programs focused on maritime and logistics-related fields, with key focus areas related to the trucking industry and maritime operations
- Programs focused on STEAM education and/or environmental sciences
- Programs that support career and professional development services
- Environmental Stewardship
- Educational programs and projects aimed at improving our waterways (bayous & bays)
- Pollution reduction and related education
- Health equity and health disparities
Our Application Process
Port Houston’s Community Grants are awarded annually via a two-stage application process. First, eligible applicants register through Foundant, Port Houston’s grant management platform, to complete a Letter of Interest (LOI) outlining their proposed project and requested funding amount.
Those submitting promising letters of interest, that best align with our priorities, will move forward to the second stage of the application process and will be invited to complete a full proposal. If invited to submit a full proposal, funding is not guaranteed. No other grant requests will be considered outside of this process.
This formal LOI and application process will be conducted through Foundant’s grant site. This online platform creates a secure and convenient registration and application process to ensure all applications are captured and processed in one standard and accurate method for our Grants Committee.
To submit a letter of interest, you must access the Foundant site to create an account and submit an application by clicking here.
Important Dates & Timeline
- February 1, 2023 – The 2023 Community Grants application opens on
- March 3, 2023 – Deadline for letters of interest to be submitted
- March 10, 2023 – Grants committee notifies all eligible organizations with invitation for the next round of the application process
- April 14, 2023 – Due date for 2023 grant applications
- June 27, 2023 – Grants recipients announced
Online Public Workshops
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meeting number (access code): 2482 584 4480
Meeting password: 9UmhJEthE46
Thursday, February 16, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Meeting number (access code): 2488 326 9859
Meeting password: F3yEsHe2ZJ7
Eligibility & Guidelines
Port Houston’s Grants Program is designed to embrace the diversity of our communities. We consider grant requests without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, and other similar factors that may be protected by law.
While Port Houston has contributed to many nonprofit organizations in our communities, it is impossible to fund every request. In order to have the most meaningful impact, the Grants Program will focus on supporting projects and programs that closely tie to our outreach priorities.
In order to be considered for Grants Program support, Port Houston requires that an applicant:
- Document its status as a tax-exempt non-profit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
- Provide evidence of responsible management and an active board of directors or similar governing body, sound fiscal policies, long-range planning, and effective use of volunteers
- Propose a method of evaluating the results of the proposed project or program
- Demonstrate the organization’s capability to execute the proposed project or program
- Produce a budget and a plan for funding the proposed project or program beyond the grant period
Limitations & Exclusions
Port Houston will not provide grants under circumstances that are not permitted by or conflict with applicable law, Port Houston policies, and/or budgetary considerations.
Port Houston will not provide grants to the following:
Applicants that are not tax-exempt non-profit organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
Labor, sectarian, fraternal, military, or professional associations
Sports and athletic groups
Charitable or endowment campaigns
Political action committees, candidates, or lobbyists
Port Houston’s grants do not automatically renew. Whether receiving current or previous support from Port Houston, in order to obtain new support beyond the term of a grant, an organization must submit a new application and qualify for new support.