Nina Heard Astin Charitable Trust

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To support a variety of charitable causes, primarily in the state of Texas.

Annual application deadlines

July 31

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Environment, animals
Human services

States served


Geographic limitations

There are no geographic limitations; however, the trust primarily supports organizations located in Texas.


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The Nina Heard Astin Charitable Trust was created to support a variety of charitable causes. There are no geographic limitations; however, the trust primarily supports organizations located in Texas.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.


The foundation does not fund requests to support endowments.

Average giving

Average grant size: $5,000 to $10,000
Average number of grants per year: 17
Average total giving per year: $182,000

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by July 31 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs each September.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by October for applications received by the deadline.

About the Foundation

Nina Heard Astin, a resident of Brazos County, Texas, created a charitable trust in her Last Will and Testament dated January 15, 1969. She was born in McKinney, Texas on January 17, 1888. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and majored in music at Texas Presbyterian College. She married Roger Q. Astin, a descendant of a pioneer cotton farming family near the Brazos River. Roger and Nina had three children, Daisy, John, and Nina Bess. Mrs. Astin passed away April 17, 1972.

The Astin Family was known for their philanthropy. Mrs. Astin was a strong supporter of the Bryan Boys and Girls Clubs, Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center, and the First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Astin’s Trust continues to make life better in Brazos Valley and is a great example of a lasting legacy for all to follow.