Contributing to a thriving Arlington by supporting the causes which benefit our citizens and enhance the natural surroundings and lifestyle of our city.

What We Do :: Past Grants :: FY 2012 Grant Recipients

55 Grants – $1,343,025

Animal Services

City of Arlington – Code Compliance
Mobile Pet Adoption unit – Underwrite the purchase of a specially designed and fully equipped vehicle to showcase and transport animals into the community and participate in special events with a goal of increasing the number of adoptions of the city’s sheltered animals. The new unit also makes it possible for the Animal Services Department to bring vaccination and other health services directly to pet owners in local neighborhoods as a way to encourage enhanced pet care and ensure a healthier animal population throughout the city.
$125,000

Friends of Arlington Animal Services
Grant provides for training supplies and educational materials utilized by the Friends of Arlington Animal Services (FAAS) volunteer corps. FAAS is dedicated to helping families integrate newly adopted animals into their households. Program support helps the group met their goal of reducing surrender rates among new pet adopters.
$1,200

Arts & Culture

CATS (Creative Arts Theatre & School)
Underwrite costs associated with 41 performances of four productions reaching 13,000 through the CATS 2011-2012 Spotlight Series for Arlington families with budget-friendly theatrical productions suitable for all ages.
$4,000

Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Gift to the Levitt Pavilion 2012 Fall World Music Series that provides 50 free culturally diverse concerts featuring an array of professional musical artists from around the world and our own back yard with an average of 1,800-2,000 attending each performance.
$10,000

Symphony Arlington
Donation to the Conversations with Music program touring with an interactive quartet recital to area nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, schools, libraries and the Boys & Girls Clubs.
$4,650

Vietnamese National Community of Greater FW
Funding for the Tet 2012 Festival with 50,000-100,000 attendees celebrating the Vietnamese culture.
$1,000

Beautification

Arlington High School PTA
Gift to replace aging signage with a state-of-the-art, double-sided digital marquee.
$20,000

COA-Parks and Recreation
Provide a much-needed face lift for one park’s entry signage.
$4,980

COA-Police
Support “It’s Our School” Family Clean-up Day at five target elementary schools in the east Arlington PROJECT REACH area to develop youth to be community participants engaged in healthy and positive activities.
$12,000

Environemnt And Energy Conservation

City of Arlington – Development and Planning Department
Ride2Work service – Donation to help offset costs associated with a program designed to provide transportation services to low-income individuals in need of passage to and from employment-related activities, including job training, interviews, educational resources, sessions and childcare.
$20,000

Earth Force
Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) program and capital support for the creation of the General Motors Outdoor Learning Center located adjacent to the Arlington General Motors Assembly Facility. This award-winning program offers middle- and high- school students critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving and decision making skills while engaging them in local water quality issues. GREEN provides local teachers with tools for hands-on science learning around watershed assessment and improvement. Additionally, the Outdoor Learning Center will be available to the public and will be utilized by the surrounding Parkview neighborhood for park-related activities. Other program partners include River Legacy, Arlington Parks & Recreation, Arlington ISD, Parkview Home Owners Association, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Parks & Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, US Department of Agriculture and Texas Master Naturalists.
$30,000

Oakridge School
Oakridge Goes Green – Grant will support for the school’s community recycling program by underwriting expenses associated with purchasing external stationary recycling bins for the collection of paper and other materials.
$2,000

River Legacy Foundation
Living Science Center Exhibit Renovation – Donation represents the first gift to help underwrite River Legacy Foundation’s efforts to fully renovate the facility’s exhibit walls. Specifically, the grant will help underwrite the creation and installation of newly designed terrariums and aquariums which offer visitors artistic museum-quality displays for hands-on learning.
$70,000

Historic Preservation

City of Arlington Develop and Planning
Local Historic Marker Program – Gift to help preserve and promote Arlington’s historic assets and character. The grant will underwrite expenses for developing and displaying historical markers at three potential locations, including Old Town Historic District, South Center Historic District and Arlington Downs watering trough.
$15,000

City of Arlington- Parks and Recreation Department
Blackland Prairie Master Plan – Create a master plan for the Blackland Prairie Natural Area located in southeast Arlington along New York Avenue. The tract is an 11-acre parcel which represents the last remnant of undisturbed backland prairie and a rare and unique ecosystem in the city.
$13,000

City of Arlington Library System
World War II Arlington artifacts – Funding to support the photography and cataloging of more than 100 objects, including uniforms, artillery, flags and other war memorabilia currently warehoused at Fielder House Museum.
$3,000

Libraries

City of Arlington Library System
Gift to benefit the 6,428 registered juvenile library cardholders who call the East Branch their home library by expanding the children’s collection with 50 Playaway Views (handheld devices with digital video content that can be checked out), 800 picture books/readers, and juvenile books.
$15,000

City of Arlington Library System
Funding to purchase videoconferencing software and equipment at the Central Library for partrons to use for business meetings, interviews, distance learning classes, citizen forums, teleconference meetings, etc.
$15,765

City of Arlington Library System
Helping provide an opportunity for 80 underserved participants and their families to bond through the use of school libraries by creating their own children’s stories written from life experiences, imagination and the heart over five volunteer-run writing workshops as part of the Stories to Our Children program.
$14,140

City of Arlington Library System
Underwriting for the purchase of new furnishings and renovations for the well-loved Woodland West Branch Library to include public seating for children and adults, media shelving, library catalog computers, security mirrors, movable furniture for toddlers, a mural and associated artwork.
$16,500

Parks & Recreational

City of Arlington Parks Department
Helping provide a quality fireworks show for the estimated 35,000 who attend the annual downtown “Light Up Arlington” extravaganza.
$30,000

City of Arlington Parks Department
Funding to replace aging signage at six parks/facilities, including Bowman Springs Park, HAD Dunsworth Park, Parkway Central Park, Gibbins Park, Eunice Senior Recreation Center and a digital LED sign at the Elzie Odom Athletic Center.
$59,290

City of Arlington Parks Department
Providing an additional 769 children and youth the opportunity participate in the Build-A-Dream Scholarship Program through scholarships for low-income families.
$50,000

City of Arlington Parks Department –  QuickStart Youth Tennis Courts
Purchase 1,400 high-quality, drought-tolerate trees as part of the city’s Let’s Enhance Arlington’s Forest (L.E.A.F.) program to increase the tree canopy cover and enhance beautification PROJECTs throughout the city.
$40,000

City of Arlington Parks Department – Christkindl German Christmas Market
Funding for the second phase of the Vandergriff Park playground and shade structure installation visited annually by more than 50,000 visitors.
$125,000

City of Arlington Parks Department – Skate Spots
Advancing water conservation efforts by funding the Meadowbrook Golf Course water well to irrigate the golf facility and adjacent park with an estimated 10 million gallons per year.
$75,000

City of Arlington Parks Department – Naturally Fun Neighborhoods
Providing 10 new trees, four park benches, a playground shade structure and an irrigation system for the H.A.D. Dunsworth Park improvements.
$30,000

Safe Neighborhoods

City of Arlington Fire Department
Arlington Independent School Fire Academy – Grant provides funding to purchase training bunker gear for students involved in the Arlington Fire Academy. A joint program of the Arlington Fire Department, Arlington Hispanic Firefighters Association, Tarrant County Community College and Arlington ISD, the Academy is an opportunity for qualified high school students to pursue an educational and skills course to prepare them for a career in fire service.
$30,000

Arlington Southwest Little League
Automatic External Defibrillators for Martin Luther King Sports Facility – Funding to provide life-saving equipment on each of the sports fields located at the park and potentially serving up to thousands of players, spectators and volunteers involved in activities at the Martin Luther King park.
$5,000

City of Arlington Parks Department
Burl Wilkes Trail Lighting – Provides a grant to provide security lighting requested by residents as a way to improve safety, prevent crime and increase accessibility to the park.
$25,000

City of Arlington Parks Department
High Oaks Terrace Neighborhood Park Development – Support for a project to replace substandard multi-family rental housing with a neighborhood park. The grant will provide funding to help plan and develop park-related assets.
$40,000

Communities in Schools of Tarrant County
Core Program Support – provide funding for work in Sherrod Elementary School to encourage students to stay in school.
$10,000

Communities in Schools reduces drop-out rates by utilizing a nationally recognized comprehensive case management approach which addresses the complex obstacles facing low-income, at-risk children and their families.
$10,000

HOPE Tutoring Center
Funding for educational materials and volunteer development for the organization’s 1:1 tutoring programs. The organization is currently servicing children from Barnett, Carter, Hutcheson, Nichols, Workman, Amos, Anderson, Atherton, Berry, Blanton, Bryant, Burgin, Crouch, Crow, Fitzgerald, Foster, Goodman, Hale, Johns, Knox, Morton, Rankin, Remynse, Roark, Roquemore, Short, South Davis, Speer, Swift, Thornton, Webb, Williams and Wimbish schools.
$4,500

Positive Influence
Pope Elementary Dad’s Club – grant provides funding for the installation of an electronic marquee which will be utilized to communicate broadly with students, their families and with the neighborhood to help improve and enhance school and community programming.
$15,000

SafeHaven of Tarrant County
SafeCounsel Programs – grant offers support for a project to provide as much as 3,000 counseling hours at the Arlington Resource Center to 600 adults and 125 children who have been impacted by the horrors of domestic violence.
$40,000

Trinity Habitat for Humanity
Preserve a Home Projects — Provides funding to the support the organization’s efforts to match volunteer effort with much needed household improvements for low-income, disabled homeowners. In addition to the benefits offered to individual property owners, the city benefits from improved property and increased safety for neighborhoods and residents.
$25,000

Strengthening Youth & Families

Arlington Young Life
Providing funds to address major plumbing and sewer issues that caused the Young Life Campus building to be uninhabitable and enabling the organization to move forward in renovation of the structure benefitting 400 active students.
$15,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Launching the Faith-Based Partnership Pilot to serve 20 Arlington youth with mentoring services for one year.
$10,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
Providing funds to expand transportation capacity at 16 Title 1 schools and add pick-up at other Title 1 schools not currently served through the PROJECT Learn program that engages 1,100 Arlington young people in learning to encourage success at school and provide lifelong skills.
$26,000

Camp Fire USA First Texas Council
Expanding the Kith & Kin Program’s geographic area that serves predominantly low-income caregivers, families and parents.
$5,000

Cancer Care Services
Providing cancer-related medications and nutritional beverage supplements for 90 low-income, underserved cancer patients per quarter as part of the Cancer Patient to Survivor: Medication & Nutrition for Life program.
$15,000

Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County
Funding the Communities In Schools Core Program services at Webb Elementary to case manage 88 to 90 at-risk students with a full-time licensed social worker.
$15,000

Community Partners of Tarrant County Inc
Gift to the Arlington Sanford Rainbow Room that is an on-site emergency pantry assisting the Department of Family and Protective Services to meet the basic needs of approximately 400 children, teens and adults including clothing, food and a safe place to sleep.
$4,000

Green Oaks School
Providing Capital Campaign funds for a new facility used by 51 students between the ages of 7-49 with Down syndrome and similar intellectual disabilities.
$30,000

Woman’s Heart dba Grace After Fire
Giving funds for the Protect-Connect-Renew Women Veterans Retreat to benefit 200 women and family members in Arlington.
$10,000

YMCA of Arlington
Funding the Cooper YMCA Outdoor Center that provides recreation and nature study for more than 13,000 youth each year.
$20,000

Strong Neighborhoods

Arlington High School Booster Club
Arlington High School Field Concession Building – gift provides funding to build a new facility where sports boosters may offer concessions to athletic visitors and spectators. The project offers a meaningful opportunity to create revenue producing activities to help enhance sports offerings at the high school and to many of the school’s low-income, at-risk students.
$20,000

Builders Club James Coble Middle School
Outdoor Classroom – donation to provide materials to enhance project elements of the school’s outdoor classroom.
$6,000

Higher Education Servicing Corporation
College Ready GO Centers – grant to help underwrite expenses for reaching the city’s low-income, at-risk population with information and tools to help offset the costs associated with high education. Program offers college prep classes, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops, GO center mentoring programs in high schools, Financial Literacy and website training.
$25,000

City of Arlington – Develop and Planning Department
Ride2Work service – Donation to help offset costs associated with a program designed to provide transportation services to low-income individuals in need of passage to and from employment-related activities, including job training, interviews, educational resources, sessions and childcare.
$30,000

Meals on Wheels
Home-delivered meals – provide funding to ensure an additional 3,500 meals are delivered to the city’s homebound residents between July and December 2012.
$30,000

Parkview Addition Community
Parkview Community Garden/Park – donation to help with expenses to design and plant the garden and build a gazebo area. Parkview represents one of the oldest neighborhoods and is utilizing a ¼ acre parcel purchased by the community for the express purpose of creating a green space accessible by and for residents.
$6,000

Theatre Arlington
Adults and Children’s Theatre School (ACTS) – provides financial support for the organization’s summer camp programs designed to provide quality and affordable art programming for as many as 200 low-income children and adults.
$10,000

YWCA Fort Worth and Tarrant County
YWCA Arlington Child Development Center – grant to provide capital support for a outdoor play space in the Center’s new facility. The space provides an enhanced learning and environmental exploration opportunity for children transitioning from and living in homeless environments. The organization is the only provide of free early childhood education for Tarrant County’s homeless children ages 0 to 5 years.
$25,000