What We Fund

Issue Areas

Our grantmaking priorities focus on tackling issues in a comprehensive and coordinated manner to provide the best outcomes for low-income individuals, families and communities. Our current Issue Areas are:

Rockwell Fund will provide grants in support of dropout prevention strategies that target the intermediate and middle school years.

There is a growing body of research that shows that students who drop out of high school actually begin the process as early as sixth grade (in the words of one expert, “they drop out in middle school; they just don’t leave until high school”). We believe that investing in quality interventions at this level will result in improved educational and developmental outcomes for at-risk, middle school youth.

We will support organizations that pursue at least one of the following dropout prevention models at a systems level, rather than interventions limited to only one school or setting:

  • Mentoring
  • High quality out of school time
  • School-community collaboration

We will also support organizations that engage in advocacy efforts related to RFI education priorities (by invitation only).

Rockwell Fund will provide grants to organizations targeting community health issues, including behavioral health.

We recognize that access to timely and affordable health services is key to supporting a vibrant and healthy community. Access to health services in the community is also more cost-effective than utilizing hospital emergency rooms designed to provide trauma and emergency care. We will support community-based providers and health centers that:

  • Increase availability and access to quality physical and behavioral healthcare for uninsured and underinsured populations,
  • Offer an innovative approach to community health, such as integrative care models, and
  • Address women’s reproductive health 

For organizations or programs addressing substance abuse, we are interested in interventions that target the co-occurring condition of mental health and substance abuse.

Rockwell Fund, Inc also pays close attention to service and outcome disparities in our region.  We support programs that attempt to address these disparities.

We will also support organizations that engage in advocacy efforts related to RFI health priorities (by invitation only).

Rockwell Fund will provide grants to organizations providing affordable housing and supportive housing in the Houston region.

We will support organizations in the construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of property designated for affordable housing.  We also welcome applications proposing innovative approaches to addressing affordable housing in the region.

We will also support organizations that engage in advocacy efforts related to RFI housing priorities (by invitation only).

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