Mary E. Bivins Foundation Grants

The Mary E. Bivins Foundation provides grants within and for the benefit of communities within the northernmost top twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle (map at the bottom of this page) and has three grantmaking programs outlined below.  More details for each program can be found on the right hand side of this page.

Community Grants  The Mary E. Bivins Foundation distributes funds in the form of grants for charitable purposes that address specific, nonrecurring needs of nonprofit organizations committed to improving and enriching the quality of life in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.  Since 1949, the Foundation has awarded more than $30 million to qualified recipients from across the Panhandle.  Minimum grant request amount is $5,000.  The Foundation typically has a grant cycle in the Summer and in the Winter.

Healthy Seniors  The Healthy Seniors Grant Program (HSGP) was launched in 2018; features a simplified grant application; and is designed to assist organizations that provide programs targeted to meet the needs of aging and senior populations in the Texas Panhandle.  Preference is given to requests that address the issue of senior hunger, food security, and nutrition but programs that address aging in place; transportation; increasing social connection; care giver support; health needs; and improve the quality of life for older adults are welcome. Grant amounts vary from $2,500 up to $25,000.  The (HSGP) was held in 2018, 2020, and 2022.  The next Healthy Seniors Grant Program cycle will most likely occur in the fall of 2024.

Rapid Response  The Rapid Response Grant Program was launched in 2022 to continue to address hunger and food insecurity among older adults in the Texas Panhandle.  Grants of up to $2,500 will be provided to nonprofit organizations and other eligible organizations (such as churches or government instrumentalities) to help meet small and immediate needs to ensure the needs of food insecure older persons are met. Inquiries regarding the Rapid Response Grant Program are always considered.

Application information can be found on the “Apply for a Grant” page.

For additional information, please contact Jessica Tudyk, Program Officer at or 806.379.9400.