Program Proposals

funded_programsDeBusk Foundation provides grants of financial assistance to educational programs in the State of Texas serving gifted students 12 years of age and under.

Grants are made to educational organizations solely for the purpose of direct gifted enrichment during the summer. Consequently, the foundation will not fund items such as land acquisitions and improvements, buses for transportation or teacher training.

Programs seeking funding must provide a specific process for identifying the gifted students attending the program. However, if a program is to qualify for funding consideration, one criterion of the foundation must be met for all incoming students: a ranking in the 95 percentile or above on any nationally standardized achievement test, creativity test or reasoning test, in a specific area (such as mathematics), in multiple areas or as an average score overall. Additional criteria may be implemented by individual programs as appropriate.

Funding is for summer programs only. Students may attend only one summer program per year funded by DeBusk Foundation to allow as many gifted students as possible to benefit from the funding. All applications must be made online through the foundation website. Final reports on the programs funded are expected by the end of August each year after the program ends. Failure to submit a full report as stipulated will remove the program from further funding consideration. Grants are made on a one-year basis, with no guarantee of continuation of funding or level of funding from one year to the next.

The deadline to submit grant requests is October 15. All proposals received prior to and on that date will be forwarded to the Grants Committee for review. The Board of Directors meets in November each year to vote on all proposals received prior to the deadline. Please submit one copy of the application and documentation by email. The foundation staff will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. A response on its outcome will be sent within eight to 10 weeks of the October 15 deadline.

All grant applications should be submitted with a Proposal Summary Sheet and cover letter. The actual proposal, excluding appendices, should not exceed eight pages.