CNS creates community investment fund

  • Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 12:00 am

Funds distributed though Amarillo Area Foundation

AMARILLO, Texas - Charitable organizations from across the Texas Panhandle are invited to apply for grants from the Pantex Community Investment Fund established by Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS).

CNS, responsible for management and operations at the Pantex Plant, has established the fund through the Amarillo Area Foundation as part of its commitment to Amarillo and surrounding communities. A Pantex Community Investment Advisory Committee was formed by selecting site employees to work with CNS and the Foundation to allocate grants where the need is greatest and company resources can be best allocated.

The Advisory Committee identified the following funding preferences and priorities for grants:

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

Organizations who fit the eligibility requirements and whose work aligns with the funding priorities are encouraged to participate in the competitive application process. Applications are available online at and are due February 12, 2016, by noon.

The Advisory Committee for the CNS Pantex Community Investment Fund will entertain proposals from nonprofit and charitable institutions throughout the 26 northernmost counties in the Texas Panhandle (individuals and non-charitable organizations are not eligible). Priority will be given to proposals from organizations located and operating in twelve contiguous counties surrounding the Pantex Plant, which includes Armstrong, Carson, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hutchinson, Moore, Oldham, Potter, Randall and Swisher.

Grant amounts will range from $500 to $10,000 with grantees announced in late March. Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities, such as public schools and governments or municipalities. Training for the online Spectrum system will be held Wednesday, January 13 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, February 9, from 9-10 a.m. To register for the training visit:

For registration questions, please contact Roxann Ball, AAF Program Officer, at (806) 376-4521 or Questions about eligibility or the grant process, please contact Kathie Grant, AAF Grants Administrator, at (806) 376-4521 or For questions about grant priorities, please contact Jessica Tudyk, AAF Grants Manager, 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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About the Amarillo Area Foundation
The Amarillo Area Foundation is a community foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle. Since its inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.