Since its inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver. In 1988, the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation was restructured to be a public supporting organization of the Amarillo Area Foundation.
The Amarillo Area Foundation will accept proposals for the Discretionary Grant Program and the Catalyst Grant Program. An organization must choose to submit either a Catalyst Grant application or a Discretionary Grant application.
AAF administers multiple cooperative grant programs that were established from either Corporate, Donor Advised or Field of Interest Funds that are part of the component funds of the Amarillo Area Foundation. The cooperative grant programs are independent of each other and independent of the Discretionary and Catalyst Grant Programs and their requirements. Each cooperative grant program has its own eligibility criteria defined in the Request for Applications (RFA) page for that grant program. Eligibility requirements for the Foundation’s Discretionary and Catalyst Grant Programs, such as having an open grant, do not impact the eligibility to apply to a partnership grant program and vice versa. Organizations that apply for a cooperative grant must be eligible to receive grants from AAF.
The HRMC Scholarship Grant Program grants funds on a yearly basis to local institutions (Amarillo College, Clarendon College, Frank Phillips Community College, Texas Tech University – Amarillo campus, and West Texas A&M University). The funds are allocated to scholarships for area students and professionals pursuing health care related education.