The Mabee Foundation requires that 40% of the total project be raised by other public donors before it will consider a grant request. Names of donors must be included in the grant application. The 40% fundraising requirement must be met by the time an application is submitted. The following will not be considered in the calculation of the 40% prior funding requirement:

Borrowed funds

Internal or reserve funds

Estate bequests not designated for capital projects

Any donation not designated for the particular project in question

Government grants or funds from any governmental entity



Mabee Foundation grants are ‘challenge grants,’ meaning that the organization must raise the remaining funds required to finish the project within one year of the awarding of the grant or risk cancellation of the grant.

The Mabee Foundation will grant up to 20% of the total costs of the project (with a maximum amount of $2,000,000).

Construction must commence within two years after satisfying the grant challenge. Payment is not made on the grant until the challenge has been satisfied and construction has started.



To qualify for a Mabee Foundation grant, the project must be located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri or Kansas.

The Mabee Foundation does not offer grants for the following:

Grants to private foundations as defined in IRC section 509(a)

Grants to government owned or operated institutions

Debt retirement


Projects already under construction or where a contract has been signed with a contractor

Operations or program support

Grants to an individual

Capital projects for educational institutions below the college level (unless the institution exclusively serves a special or vulnerable population)

Renovation of leased property (unless the lease is a long-term lease tantamount to ownership)

Grants exclusively for the purchase of furnishings, equipment (except for major medical equipment), vehicles, museum exhibits, etc.

The purchase of land or buildings

Grants to a local, individual church body, congregation or parish