Applications sought by local memorial fund for charitable grants – The Flash Today || Erath County

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Birdie Hartsough Frey was a prominent resident of Stephenville in the last century and was known during her lifetime as a generous and thrifty person. Although she died in 1961, her charitable efforts continue through the Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund. Each year, this fund makes grants to charities serving the Stephenville area. Since 2007, the fund has awarded a total of over $186,000 in grants, with grants to all recipients collectively totaling between $10,000 and $15,200 each year.

Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund recipients since 2011 include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County, CASA for Cross Timbers, 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, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Inc., HOPE, 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., Restoration Advocates, and the Stephenville Historical House Museum. As instructed by Ms. Frey, donations are also made annually to St. John Baptist Church, New Bethel CME Church and East End Cemetery.

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

Applications for grants to be awarded in 2022 are now taken online at The deadline for applications is August 15, 2022. Stephany Lewis of JP Morgan Chase Bank is the trustee overseeing the fund. She can be reached by email at:

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, religion, science, community development, civic activities or the environment. Charities should note that each year applications can be made throughout the year online for grants which will be awarded by the Birdie Hartsough Frey Memorial Fund each September.