What We Don't Fund


Basic Eligibility

We do not give grants directly to individuals. Grants are made only to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. To be eligible, an organization must:

  • Have received a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating that it is an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (and is not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Code), or
  • Be a church or political subdivision that is not required to obtain a Section 501(c)(3) designation in order to be a permitted donee of a private foundation.

Geographic Restrictions

While Rockwell Fund has no legal restrictions against making grants outside of the Houston area, as a matter of policy our trustees have elected not to do so, except in cases where the purpose of the grant is to benefit a Houston cause.

Project and Program Restrictions

We do not participate in feasibility studies and generally do not make grants for the following:

  • Annual fund drives
  • Capital projects
  • Direct mail or other mass solicitations
  • Endowments
  • Grants that impose the exercise of "expenditure responsibility" upon Rockwell Fund; for example, private operating foundations or certain support organizations
  • Houses of worship
  • Individuals
  • Medical or scientific research projects or organizations that target a specific disease
  • Parochial or private primary and secondary schools
  • Underwriting for benefits, dinners, galas, golf tournaments or other fundraising or special events

Issue Area Restrictions

We do not fund programs or organizations that fall outside of our stated Issue Areas.