Independent Bank recipients of 2016 Community Grant program

Independent Bank Group Inc.-  the holding company for Independent Bank, announced the recipients of its 2016 Community Grant program; which support initiatives focused on building healthy communities. For 2016, the bank pledged $250,000 to 21 charitable organizations operating in the North Texas, Waco, Austin and Houston markets.

Organization Mission and Summary Amount
Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County Mission: Enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to achieve their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

Summary: This grant supports programming for 17 children at $1,000 apiece that will be used for referrals from partner agencies. This allows these partner agencies to efficiently outsource a portion of their youth development efforts to an agency specializing in that field.

Trinity River Mission, Inc. Mission: Trinity River Mission is a volunteer-based community center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success, and develops effective life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas, in the belief that education connects us to life’s possibilities.

Summary: This grant will support TRM programs focused on promoting academic achievement to low-income youth and merit-based access to higher education students.

Shelter Ministries of Dallas Mission: Austin Street Center provides safe shelter and meets the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless.

Summary: This grant will support Austin Street Shelter in providing their work readiness program.

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship


Mission: To help children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional and caring community.

Summary: This grant will support ManeGait’s Veterans Program which provides injured and disabled veterans the mind-body benefits of equine therapy to help them cope with the physical, mental and emotional effects of military combat including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


3e McKinney


Mission: All work of 3e McKinney is directed toward reducing poverty or improving the lives of the under resourced in McKinney, TX.

Summary: This grant will support the Go and Be program which serves homeowners who live in their home. The properties selected are in need of repair which the owners cannot afford to do.

 Alley’s House Mission: To empower teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education and mentoring.

Summary: This grant will support Alley’s House in expanding their Pathways’ program as they relocate to a larger facility with more workstations for GED tutoring, a larger workshop room, dedicate childcare space and more counseling rooms.



House of Eli, Inc.


Mission: House of Eli is a faith based transitional living home that serves boys aging out of incarceration or the foster care system. House of Eli is a safe place where broken boys come to find a new life. Living in a family setting, working in ‘family owned’ businesses, and developing the disciplines to become strong men are the hallmarks of this year long intensive ‘life change academy.’

Summary: House of Eli has developed several businesses that are generating opportunities for work experience and income. This grant will support their plans to add carpet cleaning to the services they offer.

Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership Mission: Our mission is dedicated to the development of diverse youth; within low-to-moderate geographic areas through personal guidance, academic triumph and community service; to cultivate the perspective of life and the importance of a stable community.

Summary: A.E.Y.L. plans to partner with Collin College and surrounding colleges to implement a program that prepares students for college enrollment by offering real life campus experiences and opportunities to develop as a student and adult to achieve various goals.

Family Promise of Collin County Mission: To provide food, shelter and support services to Collin County Families with children, as they regain sustainable independence.

Summary: This grant will support the God’s Wheels Vehicle Program which provides Collin County families with children the opportunity to own and maintain reliable transportation in order to preserve or regain sustainable independence.

WiNGS Mission: The mission of WiNGS is to give women a path to a better life. WiNGS is dedicated to addressing the most critical needs of women in Dallas County, offering programs in the areas of financial literacy, pregnancy and parenting education, women’s health services and business development.

Summary: This grant will support WiNGS in providing low-to-moderate income women in Dallas business training, financial skills, and personal development needed to ensure their small businesses succeed.

Now in its second year, the Independent Bank grant program is experiencing exciting growth. The bank received twice the number of Letters of Inquiry this year. Applications were then reviewed by a committee of employees, as well as Community Reinvestment Act staff members

Through the grant process, Independent Bank encourages organizations to complete projects in partnership, cooperation, and consultation with other agencies, including those that demonstrate effective use of volunteers. Projects are chosen based on funding priorities that include Health and Human Services, Education, and Community Development issues.

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