Foundation Grant Programs

Click here for the 2018 grant cycle information.

The Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) is a Community Foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.  The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle.  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. 

AAF supports a wide range of charitable organizations throughout the top twenty-six counties of the Panhandle.  One way that AAF supports charitable organizations is through discretionary grantmaking.  Grant applications are submitted to the AAF and considered by AAF and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, via a single application.  The Harrington Foundation does not receive grant requests directly from nonprofit organizations.

Click here to see Eligibility Requirements for AAF’s discretionary grantmaking Discretionary and Catalyst Grant Programs.


As a Community Foundation, AAF does not limit discretionary grantmaking to a particular field or area of interest.  Rather, AAF seeks to support the entire range of human needs in the Panhandle.  Resources are limited; therefore, the Board of Directors must make funding decisions based on relative need and potential impact. 

Click here for a list of proposal types that are excluded from consideration by the Board.


Each year the Foundation receives more worthy requests than it can support.


Click here for the types of requests that are a low priority for the Board.


Click here to see additional application criteria.



The AAF Board of Directors has the responsibility for final approval of each grant. The Foundations receive funding requests in excess of funds available for grants.  A decision not to fund a proposal does not necessarily reflect the merits of the applicant or the value of the proposal. The Amarillo Area Foundation’s four focus areas are education, health, human services, and poverty.  The Harrington Foundation’s interests include hospitals and healthcare agencies, cultural programs, higher education, youth agencies, social services, and civic affairs.

AAF staff is available to discuss potential requests and answer questions about the grantmaking process.  You are strongly encouraged to contact Foundation staff in advance of developing a proposal by e-mailing or by calling 806.376.4521

Click here to learn more about the Discretionary and Catalyst Grant programs.