Mission and Vision
Established in Kerrville, Texas in 1944 by brothers Hal and Charlie Peterson, the Peterson Foundation makes charitable grants to organizations in Kerr, Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kimble, and Real Counties.
Since its inception, The Peterson Foundation has distributed over $280 million in its seven county area when adjusted for inflation. Currently, the Foundation distributes about $3 million each year.
The Peterson Foundation accepts applications for charitable purposes from §501(c)(3) organizations located within its seven-county service area throughout the year. No grants are made for religious purposes, to political action or lobby groups, or to individuals.
Your organization must pre-qualify to apply. To ensure that only eligible organizations apply, no forms are available online. Please call the Foundation office or send an email explaining your request in detail to obtain a current application form.
If Foundation staff determines that your organization is eligible to apply, we will send an application to you by email.
The Board of Trustees meets monthly to review grant applications. The Foundation manager may request additional information or a site visit prior to consideration by the Board of Trustees.
There are no application deadlines. Please submit your organization’s application at your convenience.