Annual Responsive Grants

Annual responsive grants are awarded in two grant cycles on an annual basis in the areas of: animal services, arts and culture, children and youth, community-at-large, medicine and healthcare, and seniors.

Those eligible to submit applications include nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, schools, churches or governmental bodies that serve Bexar and the following surrounding counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.

You must select which cycle you will submit your application in for the Annual Responsive Grant process. If you submit your application in cycle one and your application is approved or denied, you cannot submit an application in cycle two.

Whether you are approved or denied for an Annual Responsive grant, you are eligible to apply for any and all of the following grants processes: Biomedical Research, Capital/Naming Rights, Disaster Relief, High School Completion, Special and Urgent Needs and/or Strengthening Nonprofits.

Congratulations to our 2018 cycle two grantees!

Other Funding Categories of Cycle Two:

Animal Services
Programs that improve the health and wellness of animals, educate our community about animal care and/or provide spay/neuter and/or adoption services.

Arts and Culture
Programs that promote accessibility to the arts, encourage broad participation from all parts of our community and/or provide arts education and outreach.

Programs that improve the safety and welfare of vulnerable and under-served populations, increase chances for individual/family success and self-sufficiency.

For more details on the application process, please download this PPT presentation. A sample grant application is available here.

Download Sample of Program-Project Budget. 
Download Sample of Financial Summary.

Congratulations to our 2018 cycle one grantees!

Cycle One Funding Categories:

Children and Youth
Programs that enable children and families to lead safe and productive lives.

Medicine and Healthcare
Programs that promote healthy lifestyles with an emphasis on reducing obesity and diabetes, are preventative in nature or educate the community in prevention, and/or increase access to comprehensive healthcare, including dental, vision and mental services.

The Seniors - SALSA (Successfully Aging and Living in San Antonio) application process is currently closed.

For information about our application process, click here

Download Sample of Program-Project Budget. 
Download Sample of Financial Summary.

Cycle Two Funding Category:

Programs and services that enable older adults to live healthy, safe and vibrant lives.

The Seniors - SALSA Grantmaking process occured in early August. The intent is to intentionally align our senior grant making strategies to complement and support the work of our Successfully Aging and Living in San Antonio (SALSA) initiative. Learn about our comprehensive overview of the SALSA initiative and strategic direction. We anticipate funding in Fall 2018.

Applications are evaluated on

  • Strength of organization (e.g., management, staffing, board involvement, etc.)
  • Program’s benefit to the community and how it relates to organization’s mission
  • Relationship to the field (fills need not currently met by existing programs in the community)
  • Alignment with funding priorities
  • Ability of organization to accomplish results as described in application
  • Soundness of project budget
  • Financial strength of organization
  • Overall strength of application

The Area Foundation does not fund

  • Endowments
  • Debt reduction
  • Operating deficits
  • Indirect costs
  • Scholarships for colleges and universities
  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns where less than 75% of the total campaign goal has been reached
  • Programs in individual churches, parishes, or congregations that do not benefit the community-at-large
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation

Additional information

  • Please review the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • The Area Foundation is a participant in the Common Grant Application of the San Antonio Funder’s Group. To the extent possible, we are using that format for our Annual Responsive Grants process.
  • All grant seekers must create an account to access the online application.  Please click here to create your account.  You will receive an email confirming you have created an account.   
  • Applications must be submitted electronically as outlined in the application. Any application sent to an individual staff member of the Area Foundation cannot be accepted. No faxes or hard copies will be accepted.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline. Any application that is received after that time or is incomplete will not be eligible for funding.
  • For grantees, please download and review the Media Guidelines to assist you in publicizing and referring to your grant.

Past Grant Awards

2017 Annual Responsive grant awards

2016 Annual Responsive grant awards

2015 Annual Responsive grant awards:

2014 Community grant awards: 

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