To support a variety of charitable causes, primarily in the state of Texas.
Arts, culture, and humanities
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.
In accordance with the donor’s expressed wishes, preference may be given for grants for the following organizations and purposes:
- Boys Club of Bryan
- Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center
- First Presbyterian Church, Bryan, Texas
- Organizations supported by the Texas Presbyterian Foundation
- Goodland Academy (formerly Goodland Presbyterian Children’s Home), Hugo, Oklahoma
- Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney, Texas
- Educational Scholarships
Average grant size: $5,000 to $10,000
Average number of grants per year: 17
Average total giving per year: $182,000
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.
Required agreements and reports
Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.
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.