Our Frequently Asked Questions section provides answers to commonly asked questions.
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Does CTEF make grants?
No, CTEF does not make grants. We encourage grantseekers to visit our members' individual websites for more information on their funding priorities.
What can CTEF do for me as a grantmaker?
Networking among CTEF members has led to greater understanding of education issues in Central Texas, and in a growing number of cases, to collaborative funding. As a member, you will receive email notifications of upcoming CTEF events and networking opportunities, and your funding information will be included in the annual Giving Profile. While CTEF does not require membership dues from its members, we expect members to:
- make a meaningful contribution of time and expertise to CTEF each year, e.g. post articles and join discussions on the Google group;
- attend and participate in meetings, plan and host events, etc.;
- participate in the selection of Steering Committee members; and
- provide updated funding information for the Giving Profile two times per year.
To become a member, please see the "How do I join CTEF?" section below.
What can CTEF do for me as a grantseeker?
Although CTEF was formed to serve grantmaking organizations, we do provide additional resources and services to grantseekers as part of our mission to improve and strengthen the effectiveness of the non-profit education sector. Please note that CTEF does not make grants. To research funding opportunities, and obtain fundraising and/or organizational assistance for your nonprofit, please contact the individual funders.
For a list of CTEF members who support work in your area, please see CTEF's most recent Giving Profile.
Additionally, in February 2010, a number of CTEF members began accepting the Common Grant Application and the Common Grant Report, both of which were designed to streamline the grant application and grant reporting process for education-based nonprofit organizations. For more information on these forms, please visit the CTEF Common Grant Application and Common Grant Report pages.
Who may join CTEF?
CTEF is open to private foundations, public foundations, and corporate philanthropies that
- identify education as one of their focus areas, and
- make grants in Central Texas (may be headquartered elsewhere).
Individual funders, operating foundations, and grantseeking organizations do not qualify.
How do I join CTEF?
We welcome all eligible grantmaking organizations to join CTEF. To become a member, please click here to send us your contact information. As a member, you will receive email notifications of upcoming CTEF events and networking opportunities, and your funding information will be included in the annual Giving Profile.
Where can I find a list of CTEF members?
Please see the Members page for a list of current CTEF members.