The Foundation generally awards grants with priority given to an applicant that:
- identifies the significant and long-term potential impact achieved by funding the project,
- communicates a clear plan for timely implementation,
- promotes volunteer participation and citizen involvement,
- addresses relevant issues and identifies legitimate problems affecting the community,
- demonstrates that the project cannot be accomplished without external funding,
- exhibits effective and resourceful fundraising practices, such as matching grants and contributions from other donors, benefiting both the organization and the community,
- complies with Accountability Indicators for Nonprofit Organizations as prescribed by the Nonprofit Management Center of the Permian Basin.