Charitable Giving

Touchdown Houston is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s charitable program, designed to provide a positive impact on the Houston community long after Super Bowl LI has been played. The program will donate a minimum of $4 Million, $1 Million of which is donated from the NFL Foundation, to non-profit organizations throughout the Community with a focus on three key areas: Education, Health, and Community Enhancement.

Grants of all sizes will be made by Touchdown Houston to organizations in the community to help further the mission of providing equitable opportunity for all residents. The program will be administered through the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), which over the last 20 years has become Houston’s leading philanthropic grant maker. The application period for Touchdown Houston closed on June 30, 2016. At this time, we are no longer accepting applications.

Please email us at if you have any questions about the program.


Grant Application FAQsGrant Application FAQs

Grant Application FAQ

01 General Questions

• What types of organizations may apply for a grant through Touchdown Houston?

To be eligible to receive a grant from Touchdown Houston, your nonprofit organization must meet the following criteria:

  • • Have a current 501(c)3 status with the IRS. You will need a tax identification number to enter the online application system.
  • • Organization must be in operation for at least one year by June 30, 2016.
  • • Organization must provide services within the 11-county Houston area.


• What geographic areas qualify for a grant?

  • • Harris County
  • • Austin County
  • • Brazoria County
  • • Chambers County
  • • Fort Bend County
  • • Galveston County
  • • Liberty County
  • • Montgomery County
  • • San Jacinto County
  • • Walker County
  • • Waller County


• What focus areas will this grant support?

The Touchdown Houston grant focuses are listed below. Any organization that wishes to apply for a grant must show that the funds will go toward a project benefiting one of the following areas:

Community Enhancement

  • • Anti-poverty strategies to include workforce training and financial education and coaching
  • • Neighborhood improvement with a focus on place-based solutions and quality of life enhancement
  • • Homelessness prevention
  • • Anti-human trafficking


  • • After school programs
  • • Dropout prevention
  • • Early childhood education
  • • Human capital development for teachers and principals
  • • Literacy and STEM education
  • • Support services for parents and students


  • • Access to health care for the underserved
  • • Food insecurity and access
  • • Obesity prevention
  • • Youth physical fitness and wellness


• Do you accept unsolicited proposals?

Yes. To apply for a grant, you must submit your proposal through the GHCF online grant application system.


• Can I mail my application for a grant?

No. Only online submissions will be considered for a grant.


• Do you accept proposals for sponsorships?

No. We do not accept sponsorship proposals.


• How early do I need to submit my application?

The Deadline to Submit an Application to Touchdown Houston is June 30, 2016

We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible in the application cycle. Late submissions will not be accepted or considered. Please also note that the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee reserves the right to adjust program guidelines, including submission deadlines, at any time.


• What is your Definition of Underserved?

Underserved populations may be defined as:

  • • Individuals that either are uninsured, have documented low levels of access and/or use of health services, have low rates of insurance coverage, have been identified as priorities for health services, and/or they reside in medically isolated areas.
  • • Economically disadvantaged individuals are defined as “low income”, meaning their family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the federal poverty level.
  • • Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, long-term residence in an isolated environment, or other similar causes not common to individuals who are not socially disadvantaged.
  • • In the education area, students who qualify for free and reduced lunch based on federal guidelines, as well as students who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) are considered underserved. Also schools which are Title 1, meaning they have more than 50% of their students who qualify as free and reduced lunch would meet the same criteria.

02 Budget

• What are indirect costs?

These are overhead expenses that relate to overall operations or are shared among projects or functions. Examples of indirect costs include accounting, grants management, legal services, insurance, utilities and facilities.

03 Application Completion/Submission

• Will I need to complete the online application all at once?

You may start an application and then save it and finish it later. You will need to re-enter the online application portal to do this. Log in with the e-mail address and password you used to create your application. You will see a list of your organization’s applications. Click on the one you need to finish.


• How do I create an account?

If your organization has never applied online before, you will create your account at the beginning of the application process.


• Can my organization have more than one login account?

Yes, an organization can have as many login accounts as needed. NOTE: For security reasons, an email address can only be associated to one organization. Therefore, contract grant writers who work with multiple organizations will need to have a unique email address for each organization. In these cases, grant writers may want to consider creating free email accounts from a service like Gmail or Yahoo.


• Can I revise my application after I’ve submitted it?

No. If you need to add or change information, please contact us. GHCF reserves the right to decline, without review, proposals missing required information or supporting documentation.


• Can my organization submit more than one application?

No. Only one application can be submitted per organization.


• Can I speak with someone at GHCF about my application?

Due to the volume of applicants, we can not take individual phone calls about submissions. If you have questions about your application, you can email us


• How will I know that GHCF received my application?

After you click the Submit button, you will receive an e-mail confirming that we received your application.

Note: Confirmation e-mails and other communications from our online submission software are sometimes routed as spam by recipients’ e-mail systems. To avoid missed communications, please add the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee (, the Greater Houston Community Foundation ( or and Fluid Review ( to your contact list or electronic address book. We also recommend that you check your spam folder periodically.


• When will the grants be awarded?

Grantees will be notified of grant amounts and distribution schedule upon selection.