Providing grant funds to charitable organizations throughout the Panhandle of Texas is one of the roles for which the Amarillo Area Foundation is best known. The Foundation and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, consider funding requests during two to three grant cycles each year. During 2015, the Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation approved 42 grant distributions totaling $2,725,753.

In addition to the discretionary grant program, AAF grants staff also facilitate the grant processes for the Women’s Philanthropy Fund and corporate partners including CNS Pantex and Pattern Energy. A new small grant program along with the promotion of donor advised grant opportunities are planned for 2016.

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Ogallala Commons

Ogallala Commons was initiated in 1999 as a resource development network for reinvigorating the depleted commonwealth in the High Plains region of the Great Plains.

OC Community Internships provide experiences that illustrate both the key assets and the serious challenges present in rural areas. These internships enable rural communities to constructively utilize the skills of their youth and adults, and to inspire home-grown talent to return in the future–to live, work, play and raise their families.

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Amarillo College East Campus

The transportation industry is growing, and there is a high demand for well-trained drivers. The expansion of the Transportation Career Center will allow more students to earn their certificates and gain employment in this industry. The renovation project will allow the relocation of the Auto Body Program, along with the relocation of the Aviation Program.

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Arrow Child & Family Ministries

Funding from The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation supported a three-phase facility expansion project to the emergency shelter for a 48% occupancy expansion for children from infancy to 17 years old, and the addition of a new school. The shelter provides housing for children who have been displaced from their homes due to parental neglect, abuse, or drug use for up to 18 months. The shelter’s on-site equine therapy facility teaches children to groom, feed, and care for the horses and build a loving and nurturing bond with them.

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Family Support Services

Supporting the Family Support Services mission of “a community where individuals and families are healthy, stable, and free from violence,” this capital improvement project ensures that services could continue for over 20,000 people who annually receive services from the organization. People served by Family Support Services include victims of sexual assault and family violence; at-risk children, families, and individuals; area residents in need of counseling; and veterans and family members of veterans.

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Amarillo Museum of Art

Foundation grant funding supported a show of Cheech Marin collection. This collection is recognized throughout the United States as a top collection of art representing underrepresented artists and communities.

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Frank Phillips College

By connecting all three campuses in Borger, Dalhart, and Perryton, the Long Distance Learning Program enriches the educational experience of 3,000 students of Frank Phillips College and allows the college to provide a more cohesive education for students to learn from all instructors and not just those at their particular campus. With the provided funding, the installation of updated equipment has allowed for fully functioning classrooms where faculty can communicate with students using mobile devices from any location that has internet service.

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The O'Loughlin Center (Spearhead Corporation)

The O’Loughlin Center (Spearhead Corporation) received funding from the Amarillo Area Foundation to purchase new exercise equipment for senior citizens in 2015. The O’Loughlin Center is Hansford County’s only fitness/work-out facility, senior citizens center, and community meeting facility available for business, social, family and educational events. The Center is the site of an annual health fair, flu clinics, blood drives, community education programs, youth activities, weddings, family reunions, school banquets, and more.


We work hand in hand with our donors and grantees to create healthy communities. Our collective efforts are having an impact.

7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center $12,500
Interfaith Campaign for the Homeless $104,000
Amarillo Senior Center Coalition Fund at AAF $50,000
Make a Child Smile $10,000
Amarillo Zoo $15,000
Martha's Home $5,000
Another Chance House $25,000
Mission Amarillo $20,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hereford $10,000
Nazareth Community Hall $25,000
Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo $60,000
Ogallala Commons $40,000
Buckner Children and Family Services $30,000
Opportunity School $26,600
Bushland Independent School District $7,500
Options Recovery of Amarillo $5,000
Carson County Square House Museum $2,000
Panhandle Promise Project $5,000
Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle $55,000
Sharing Hope Ministry $18,000
Chamber Music Amarillo $7,000
Spearhead Corporation $43,425
Dalhart Independent School District $25,000
Tralee Crisis Center for Women (Pampa) $11,783
Greater Amarillo Foster Parent Association $7,000
Upbring $12,500
Haven Health Clinics $50,000
The Refuge @ Dumas $22,125
Home Mercantile (Nazareth) $5,000
Wildcat Bluff Nature Center $12,500
Total AAF Discretionary Grants $722,933
ACE Scholarship Program $4,500
Frank Phillips College $100,000
Amarillo College Foundation $1,500,000
Girl Scouts of the Texas Oklahoma Plains $10,000
Amarillo Museum of Art $30,000
Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas $25,000
Arrow Child & Family Ministries $250,000
Lone Star Ballet $14,150
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle $14,170
Panhandle Promise Project $5,000
Family Support Services $40,000
YMCA of Plainview $10,000
Total HF Discretionary Grants $2,002,820
Total Discretionary Grants Awarded in 2015 $2,725,753