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Permian Basin Area Foundation Announces $2,073,800 In Year-End Grants

December 19, 2017


Year-end grants, scholarships, and distributions projected to exceed $7.5 million in 2017

MIDLAND, Texas – Permian Basin Area Foundation announced a total of $2,073,800 in grant awards to regional nonprofit organizations during a news conference held today at the Sibley Nature Center, Midland. Of that amount $1,998,800 was awarded to semi-annual competitive grant recipients.

“Working in the nonprofit arena can be highly demanding. The hours can be long and the needs of our community are constantly increasing and changing. The end of year and holiday time periods can be particularly taxing,” said Sande Melton, co-chair of the Foundation’s Grants Committee. “In spite of that, these organizations continue to make critical and positive contributions to countless lives here in West Texas.”

“We are sincerely grateful to our donors, the staff, Board members and volunteers of our multitude of nonprofit organizations. To all who have contributed precious time and valuable resources—we thank you for your unending generosity, passion, and dedication.”

Melton introduced Grants Committee members Patty Herd, Darlene Mays, and Andrew Semer who presented grant awards to 38 area nonprofit organizations:

  • Aphasia Center of West Texas
  • Arts Council of Midland
  • Basin PBS
  • Big Bend Conservancy
  • Catholic Charities of Odessa
  • Church on Wheels/ Breaking Bread Kitchen
  • Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend, Inc.
  • Fort Davis Education Fdn/ Read Fort Davis
  • Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
  • Gladney Center for Adoption
  • H.O.R.S.E. Center
  • Isaiah 58 – Big Spring
  • Jeff Davis Co. Ambulance (Mountain Medics)
  • Junior Achievement of the Permian Basin
  • Lamesa Boys and Girls Club
  • Life Center, The
  • Marfa Education Foundation, Inc.
  • Midland Community Theatre, Inc.
  • Midland Need to Read
  • Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale
  • Midst, The
  • Monahans Kids Zone
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Odessa Christmas In Action
  • Odessa Family YMCA
  • Ozona Community Center
  • Permian Basin Community Centers for MHMR
  • Permian Basin Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center
  • Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
  • Scurry County Museum
  • Sibley Nature Center
  • Special Olympics Texas
  • Sunshine House, Inc., Alpine
  • The Springboard Center
  • United Way of Odessa

“In addition to making these competitive grant awards, the Foundation is pleased to announce grants totaling $75,000 from the Midland Housing Trust Fund to Christmas in Action Midland and Midland Community Development Corporation,” said Darlene Mays.  “The purpose of this endowment is to promote safe, clean and affordable housing opportunities and to support the development of housing resources for low income and other disadvantaged individuals residing in Midland County.”

“A sincere ‘thank you’ to the many donors who choose to partner with Permian Basin Area Foundation,” said Aaron Bedell, chief operating officer of the Foundation. “Since the Foundation was established in 1989, these donor partnerships have resulted in cumulative charitable contributions of $148 million. In the same period of time, a total of $90.7 million in grants scholarships, and distributions have been awarded. We are projected to exceed $7.5 million in 2017.”

“Each dollar supports the program of nonprofit organizations whose mission, collectively, is to make a positive impact in the lives of countless individuals throughout West Texas,” added Bedell.

Permian Basin Area Foundation announces awards following review of applications submitted in the spring and fall competitive grant cycles.  Spring grant pre-applications must be received by the Foundation on or before April 1, 2018.  Application information is available at

Permian Basin Area Foundation facilitates the creation of permanent charitable funds in partnership with many donors and provides grants to address community needs and enrich the quality of life in the Permian Basin. For more information on how you can make an investment in our community or your favorite charity, contact Guy McCrary or Aaron Bedell at (432) 617-3213.