CNS Community Investment Fund enters third cycle

  • Posted: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:00 am

Funds to be distributed through Amarillo Area Foundation

AMARILLO, Texas – Charitable organizations from across the Texas Panhandle are once again invited to apply for grants from the Pantex Community Investment Fund established by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), managing and operating contractor of the Pantex Plant.

CNS established the fund last year through the Amarillo Area Foundation, as part of its commitment to Amarillo and the surrounding communities. Over its two previous grant cycles, CNS awarded almost $300,000 in grants to more than 30 local nonprofit organizations.

The Amarillo Area Foundation is announcing a Request for Proposals, and the CNS employee advisory committee for the CNS Pantex Community Investment Fund, a component fund of the Amarillo Area Foundation, will entertain proposals from nonprofit and charitable institutions throughout the 26 northernmost counties in the Texas Panhandle. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $10,000. Individuals and non-charitable organizations are not eligible.

The application process will be competitive. Organizations who fit the eligibility requirements and whose work is in line with the priorities are encouraged to apply. Only one application per organization will be accepted. General operating support is a low priority. The priorities for funding are:

  • Basic Needs (Food, Clothing, and Shelter)
  • Children, Youth, and Family
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness

Please note this will be the only CNS Pantex competitive grant cycle in 2017.

Priority will be given to proposals from organizations located and operating in one of the 12 contiguous counties surrounding the Pantex Plant with preference given to projects that serve multiple priority counties. These counties are: Armstrong, Carson, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hutchison, Moore, Oldham, Potter, Randall, and Swisher.

Applications are available online at and are due April 28, 2017, by noon. See for instructions on how to register in the Spectrum portal. If you have any questions, please contact AAF grant staff at 806.376.4521 or


Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects and delivery as promised.

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