• Grants are made to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations only. To be eligible for a grant, an organization must have received a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating that it is an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code.
  • Grants are made primarily in Houston, Texas. No grants are made to organizations outside of the US or out of Texas unless the purpose of the grant is to benefit a Houston, Texas project. Limited funds are available for grants outside of Houston and such grant requests are discouraged.
  • The Foundation specifically supports scholarships and professorial and academic chairs through an annual endowment grant to The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. The Foundation does not give scholarships directly to individuals.
  • Other fields of interest are health, arts, civic and human services.
  • The Foundation makes grants of support for endowment funds, annual campaigns, building funds, capital campaigns, general purposes, and special projects.
  • The Cockrell Foundation accepts online grant applications only.
  • There are no deadlines for making a request to The Cockrell Foundation and requests are accepted throughout the year. The Board of Directors meets four times a year and the process of reviewing and making decisions may take several weeks.
  • The Foundation makes grants for one-year periods only, and an organization should apply just once during any calendar year. If a grant request is denied, the applying organization must wait until the following year before submitting a new request.
  • The Foundation makes every effort to respond as soon as possible to inquiries. Approval and denial letter letters are mailed within two to three weeks after a grant-decision meeting. Not all Board meetings are grant-decisions meetings. Most grant decisions are made in the fall and grant payments are mailed by December 31 of the year in which the request was made.
  • The Cockrell Foundation does not make grants to businesses or individuals.
  • Participation in feasibility studies will not be considered.
  • The Cockrell Foundation does not make grants to mass appeal solicitations or to other foundations who then make grants to third-party organizations.

These materials must be uploaded to the online application.

  • Name and address of tax exempt organization which will be the recipient if a donation is made and a copy of the exemption letter from the U.S. Treasury Department
  • Specific sum being requested of The Cockrell Foundation
  • An Executive Summary sheet (one page) describing the need or problem with an explanation of how the grant money will be used and what is hoped to be accomplished
  • Budget for the project or program giving the total cost
  • Amount raised to date toward the project or program and the sources from which it has come, including private, religious organizations and/or government sources and, in particular, the total amount contributed by the individuals on the Board of Directors
  • Plans for raising any uncovered balance
  • An explanation of why it is necessary to seek outside support
  • Current status of the project—where it stands now and how long it will take to complete
  • Plans for putting continuing projects on a self-sustaining basis and an estimate of when this will occur
  • Copy of the organization’s current annual budget
  • Copy of the organization’s latest IRS-990
  • Copy of the organization’s latest audited financials
  • List of the members of the Board of Directors
  • List of the officers of the organization
Online Application