Grants

The San Antonio Area Foundation makes grants from our funds, with help from our donors, to nonprofit organizations improving the quality of life in Bexar County and the following surrounding counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.


2019 Grant Funding Update

We are continuing the process of restructuring our program areas and funding opportunities. We recognize that other funders are undergoing similar processes that will impact our nonprofit partners differently. We want to be sensitive to these factors and offer general operating support grants to bridge any gaps that may arise and to allow organizations the flexibility to direct money where it is most needed.

Other key points to note:

  • We will host information sessions, this summer, regarding our 2019 annual responsive cycle.
  • Grant applications for the 2019 annual responsive cycle will begin this fall.
  • Instead of program support, 2019 annual responsive grants will support general operations, only.
  • There will be only ONE annual responsive grant cycle for 2019.
  • Special and Urgent Needs grants will still be available.
  • We will not have a Santikos Capital Naming Rights process in 2019, as is the normal schedule.

Grant Opportunities

Annual Responsive

2019 Grant Funding Update

  • We will host information sessions, this summer, regarding our 2019 annual responsive cycle.
  • Grant applications for the 2019 annual responsive cycle will begin this fall.
  • Instead of program support, 2019 annual responsive grants will support general operations, only.
  • There will be only ONE annual responsive grant cycle for 2019.

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Biomedical Research

Grants are awarded on an annual basis to programs in the areas of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The 2018 grant applications are currently under review and grantees will be announced soon. 

This funding cycle will not open in 2019.

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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. This grant cycle occurs every two years. 

This funding cycle will not open in 2019.

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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

Grants are awarded to out-of-school time programs that provide academic, recreational and cultural activities to keep youth in school. 

This funding cycle will not open in 2019.

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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 Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

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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