Grants

The San Antonio Area Foundation invests in the nonprofit community through funds established by caring donors. As donors partner with the Area Foundation to manage their philanthropic legacy, we are able to improve lives in Bexar County and the following surrounding counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.


IMPORTANT: In light of the current CDC and Texas public health recommendations surrounding COVID-19, the San Antonio Area Foundation has closed its offices to the public, yet staff remain accessible to community needs. We are assessing daily the best way to achieve our mission without compromising the health of our employees and external stakeholders. All funds awarded will be general, operating grants to aid nonprofits during this evolving time of need in our collective community.  

If you are interested in scheduling a phone meeting, please email or call one of the following Program Officers:

  • Cultural Vibrancy - Stephanie LaFroscia - grantmaking@saafdn.org - 210.228.3754 (Stephanie also provides support to Successful Aging)
  • Youth Success - Gavin Nichols - grantmaking@saafdn.org - 210.242.4720 (Gavin also provides support to Livable and Resilient Communities)
  • Successful Aging - Cadence Corbin - grantmaking@saafdn.org - 210.242.4721 (Cadence also provides support to Youth Success)
  • Livable and Resilient Communities - Jennifer Cookgrantmaking@saafdn.org – 210.228.3753 (Jennifer also provides support to Cultural Vibrancy)

2020 Grant application process 

San Antonio Area Foundation competitive grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; this includes schools, churches or governmental bodies. Nonprofits must provide services in Bexar and/or any of the following surrounding counties:  Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.

  • For this process, your organization must have a minimum of one year as an IRS designated 501(c)(3) by the open date of our application (February 27, 2020) and
  • Must have a minimum organization expense budget of $40,000 in your fiscal year 2019.
  • Nonprofits may apply only once each year, and in one of our four focus areas. Nonprofits should choose the focus area that best serves their unique mission, vision and services.*

* Nonprofits who applied for a COVID-19 Response Fund grant are encouraged to apply for our annual, responsive grantmaking process. This Fund was established to meet the emerging needs and longer-term recovery of the crisis and is separate and distinct from the annual grantmaking process.

Our Four Focus Areas

The Area Foundation follows best practices by awarding general operating support grants to allow organizations the flexibility to direct money where it is most needed. Two grant cycles will occur in 2020. Cycle One has closed, and included Cultural Vibrancy and Youth Success. Cycle Two opens in May, closes in June and is comprised of Successful Aging and Livable and Resilient Communities.

  • Cultural Vibrancy: Supports organizations and programming that ensure access to arts and cultural programming and encourage broad participation from all parts of our community; reflect the diverse cultures of the greater San Antonio area; and promote the value of arts and culture through arts education, advocacy, and the integration of arts and culture across sectors through innovative collaboration.
  • Livable and Resilient Communities: Support organizations, programs and initiatives that further access to affordable, safe, and stable housing; transportation; access to health and wellness resources; public spaces; public-private partnerships to create sustainable opportunities and address disparities in these areas across the greater San Antonio area; and platforms for community/stakeholder voice and leadership.
  • Successful Aging: Support organizations and programs that address the needs of aging adults and their caretakers; recognize their ongoing contributions to diverse communities across the greater San Antonio area; provide opportunities for older adults to engage and connect; and build awareness of and collaboration between existing resources.
  • Youth Success: Supports organizations and programs that encourage the achievement of all youth within the community throughout a student’s education (cradle to career); address disparities across youth educational outcomes; provide equitable access to scholarships; and engage communities by strengthening youth leadership and providing educational activities for parent and caretakers.

2020 Grants Timeline

CLOSED - Cycle One — Cultural Vibrancy and Youth Success

OPEN - Cycle Two — Successful Aging and Livable and Resilient Communities

An information session on the Cycle Two process was held on May 28. The 90-minute session was recorded, and the full recording is available here. Or, nonprofits may view the slides that were shared in the information session and watch only the 30-minutes of questions and answers here.


Grant Opportunities

Biomedical Research

The Area Foundation is changing the way these funds will be utilized, but remains commited to honoring our donor's intentions. This funding cycle will not open in 2020.

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Capital/Naming Rights

This funding supports local capital projects and naming rights opportunities in honor of the late John L. Santikos. 

The Area Foundation is determining how to make funding available for Capital/Naming Rights projects. We will announce a new process in late Spring 2020. This funding cycle will not open in 2020.

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Disaster Relief Funding

Important Note: Grant applications will be accepted once a disaster has been declared in one of our eight-county funding area. A disaster has not been declared at this time.


In the event of a crisis, emergency or natural disaster, the San Antonio Area Foundation is here to help. Grant funding is available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties. Disasters will be declared by the Area Foundation based on the thresholds commonly used by the federal, state or national nonprofit agencies.

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High School Completion

Funding specifically for High School Completion as a separate process will not be resumed in 2020. Organizations that have participated in the High School Completion process are invited to apply in the Cycle 1 Annual Responsive process for Youth Success.

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Special and Urgent Needs

Special and Urgent Needs Special and Urgent Needs Funding is an ongoing grants process that is always open for organizations who must continue to meet their mission while managing an unbudgeted, unforeseen and time-sensitive emergency or help the organization take advantage of an unexpected opportunity that will enhance its work. 

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Strengthening Nonprofits

The San Antonio Area Foundation is temporarily suspending Strengthening Nonprofits (SNP) Grantmaking—Phase I and Phase II until further notice. 

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African American

Grant application is now open! Deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 

The San Antonio Area African American Community Fund supports nonprofit organizations that serve African Americans in arts and culture, health, people in need, youth and education. 

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Women and Girls

The application is currently closed.

Funding supports nonprofits focused on leadership development of women and girls with grants. 

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