Grant Guidelines

To be eligible for consideration, please thoroughly review our guidelines to ensure your organization’s proposal fits with KDK-Harman Foundation’s mission and programming interests. All applicants must complete a Letter of Inquiry as the first step (Step 1 of the Common Application). Refer to "Apply" tab for complete details.  If you have a question about whether the program you have in mind is a good fit, please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Melanie Moore.

KDK-Harman Foundation distributes grants only to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and schools. Both unsolicited and solicited requests are accepted.  An organization may submit one application in a single 12-month period.

Programs eligible for KDK-Harman funding must meet the guidelines listed belowand address one or more of the following areas of interest: 


Age Groups Served

K-12 Education

  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School

Funding Areas of Interest

  • Projects that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and integrating technology into teaching and learning;
  • Improving the quality of and access to out-of-school-time programs; and
  • Enabling and supporting systems-level change and collaboration to support an excellent education for all Central Texas students.

The Foundation prefers proposals with the following characteristics:

  • The organization’s primary mission is to break the cycle of poverty.
  • Majority of organization’s budget is allocated to educational programs and services.
  • Demonstrated success and innovation with measurable outcomes.
  • Best-in-class, academically rigorous STEM programs.
  • Evidence of collaboration with other entities to maximize the impact of service.
  • Strong expression of need and support for this project/program from the professional community involved and the population to be served.
  • Evidence of potential and willingness of program to be replicated and brought to scale.
  • Encourages service and encourages a culture of giving back.
  • Financial support from other sources already exists to ensure that the project will be implemented and continue after the grant period.
  • Reasoned, efficient, and sound evaluation plan, which includes measurable outcomes of proposed project. 

Due to our limited funding, KDK-Harman Foundation prefers not to fund requests that possess the following characteristics:

  • Organizations that do not have a majority of their overall budget allocated to educational programs.
  • Organizations with a mission that is significantly different than ours.
  • Organizations with fewer than three years in operation.
  • Programs that do not have strong evidence of success in terms of measurable outcomes.
  • Programs that primarily work on non-academic student supports, such as character-building and life skills programs (i.e.: leadership, self-esteem, social issues such as behavior and attendance).
  • Programs that focus on social supports instead of academics to help close the achievement gap (i.e.: pregnancy prevention programs, dating violence prevention, etc.).
  • ​Programs that center on wilderness survival, nature and conservation.


KDK-Harman Foundation does not support:

  • Organizations that exclude participants based on race or religion
  • Tax-generating entities (municipalities, school districts, etc.) for services within their normal responsibilities
  • Grants or loans to individuals
  • Political campaigns or purposes
  • Any one program more than once per calendar year
  • Scholarships at any level
  • Sponsorships or purchase of tickets for galas, festivals, or raffles
  • School fundraisers or events (including sports and other extracurricular activities)

Geographic Areas:

For grantmaking purposes, the KDK-Harman Foundation is exclusively interested in contributing to the communities of Central Texas, defined as Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Burnet, Blanco and Llano counties. We are seeking 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and schools with programming excellence that align with our mission and serve the economically disadvantaged students and their families within those geographic areas.