Architecture Center Houston (ArCH)

a collaboration of AIA Houston and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation


Architecture Center Houston
P.O. Box 66696
Houston, TX 77266

ArCH Foundation Grant Application Guidelines

The next grant application deadline will be announced in 2018 after ArCH reopens.

The Architecture Center Houston Foundation (ArCHF) has awarded over $750,000 in grants since 1986.

Application Requirements

  • Letter describing the project to be funded, its purpose and amount requested
  • An explanation of how the project furthers the Foundation's mission
  • Identification of project manager and others who will work on the project
  • Project Budget
  • Other sources of funding
  • Statement of financial condition of the organization (financial statement from the previous year)

This material should be sent to the ArCH Foundation, 315 Capitol, Suite 120, Houston 77002.

A Successful Proposal Will:

Introduce your organization (sell your organization)

  • Who are you?
  • Who do you represent?
  • What do you do?
  • What projects have you completed?

Describe the project (sell your project)

  • Who in your organization is working on the project?
  • What are you proposing?
  • What part of the Houston area will be affected by the project?
  • Who will benefit from the project?
  • When do you propose project to be completed?
  • How will the project further YOUR mission?

Address OUR Mission: (tell us your project meets our criteria)

Architecture Center Houston Foundation (ArCHF) is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the ways in which architecture and urban design influence the built invironment and enhance the quality of life in the community.

Our Criteria

The Foundation looks for projects that are exemplary in effect and have the potential for significant impact on:

  • Public Awareness of the benefits of good design
  • Quality of Life in the Houston area
  • Civic Environments
  • The Public Realm

The projects should:

  • Elevate the Human Spirit.
  • Have a Public Purpose and Public Support.
  • Create Civic and Cultural Capital/ Benefit beyond the project itself.

Organization & Project Information

Document the work done to date:

Cover Letter

  • In a cover letter, summarize the project and state clearly the amount of money that your are requesting.

Grant Request

  • Write a clear proposal.
  • Document the work done to date.
  • Who are your supporters? (Community Leaders, Foundations, Public Officials, etc.)
  • What research supports the underlying concepts of the project?
  • How feasible is the project?
  • What do you hope to accomplish?


  • How will the Architecture Center Houston Foundation be acknowledged?


  • Provide a realistic timetable for funding, design, and implementation of the project.


  • Project income and expenses in a detailed, legible way. Show financial support you expect to receive in addition to the grant requested from the ArCH Foundation.


  • History of the sponsoring group or organization
  • Tax status of the organization
  • A list of the Board of Directors
  • Financial statement or tax return from previous year
  • Other supporting documents, including letters of support


  • The ArCH Foundation Board of Trustees requires a written report at the completion of the project (or within one year, whichever comes first), including evidence of acknowledgment of ArCH contribution and a financial accounting of how the granted monies were spent.