Frey Memorial Fund taking applications for grants to nonprofits

E-T Staff Report

E-T Staff Report

The Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund is seeking applications for 2020 grants to be awarded to charitable organizations serving the Stephenville area.

The memorial fund is named after Birdie Hartsough Frey, who was a prominent Stephenville resident of the last century, and was known in her lifetime as a generous and thrifty person. Although she passed away in 1961, her charitable efforts live on through the Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund.

Since 2007, the fund has awarded a total of more than $162,000 in grants, with annual grants to all recipients collectively totaling between $10,000 and $14,600.

Recipients of the Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund since 2011 have included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County, CASA for the Cross Timbers Area Inc., Come Eat Inc., Erath County Habitat for Humanity, Erath County Humane Society, Erath County Master Gardeners, Erath County Senior Citizens Inc., Friends of the Stephenville Public Library, H.O.P.E. Inc., Keep Stephenville Beautiful, Mistletoe Hut Inc., Oakdale United Methodist Church/Cross Timbers Backpack Buddies, Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center, Pets are Worth Saving Inc. and the Stephenville Historical House Museum.

The Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund is administered by JP Morgan Chase, and grant applications are reviewed locally by a committee of area citizens. Currently serving on this committee are Jane Hickie, Perry Elliott, Thetis Edwards, Don Jones, Mary Lilly, Frances Looney, Alisa Terrell Starbird and Connie Wooley.

Applications for grants to be awarded in 2020 are now being taken online at The deadline for applications is Sept. 1.

Stephany Lewis at JP Morgan Chase Bank is the trust officer overseeing the fund. She may be reached by email at:

Charitable organizations should make note that each year applications can be made throughout the year online for the grants to be awarded each September by the Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) entities with a focus on arts and culture, human and social services, health and medical research, education, animal welfare, religious, scientific, community development, civic activities or the environment.