COVID-19 Response Fund

In the event of a crisis, emergency or natural disaster, the San Antonio Area Foundation is here to help. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created by the Area Foundation, and multiple partners, including the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.

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 federal, state or national nonprofit agencies.

What we fund:

We are providing general operating grants nonprofit organizations with deep roots in community and strong experience in serving populations in the following issue areas:

  • Lack of health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave
  • Economic impact of reduced and lost work
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable population caused by COVID-19 related closures
  • Increased demand for medical information and support due to fear and confusion among the most vulnerable residents
  • Assistance with funding that can be used for food supplies, prescriptions/medical that is not covered by insurance, emergency shelter and cleanup of the disaster.

IMPORTANT: The Area Foundation and multiple partners have established this fund for general operating grants to area nonprofit organizations most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Applications to this fund on behalf of individual persons will not be accepted, but community residents needing resources or assistance due to COVID-19 may call United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County's 2-1-1 Help Line.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, please send an e-mail to

What We Do Not Fund

For the COVID-19 Response Fund, we do not make grants for:

  • Endowments
  • Capital campaigns (capital funds are made available through a separate process)
  • Religious purposes
  • Individuals
  • Debt reduction
  • Scholarships for colleges, universities and trade schools (scholarship funds available through a separate process)
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation
  • Non-emergency work that has already been completed
  • Operating deficits or deficits due to:
  1. Gradual loss of funding
  2. Loss of government funding
  3. Waiting for government reimbursement
  • ​​​​​​​Startup program expenses
  • Operating expenses for strategic planning or organizational development needs 

Application Procedures

Applications for the COVID-19 Response Fund are accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis. An approval or denial notification will be sent to the grant applicant within ten business days of submission. 

Organizations wishing to apply must complete one copy of the online application and budget form plus provide the following documentation:

  • A list of the board of directors and their community or professional affiliations
  • The current year's annual organization budget

Additional information may be requested once your application is reviewed. Applicants will generally be notified of decisions approximately ten business days after receipt of an application.

Additional Information

  • To be eligible for funding, applicant organizations must:
  1. Be a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and
  2. Provide programs and services directly benefiting Bexar County and the residents of the surrounding seven contiguous counties
  • Grants will be awarded on an as needed basis. The application will be available beginning March 20, 2020. At any time after that, you may access, save, complete and submit the application. There is no deadline. Applications will be processed upon receipt Monday through Friday.
  • 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 are reviewed by a committee of San Antonio Area Foundation.

Approval or denial notification will be sent to the grant applicant within ten business days of submission. If awarded an operational grant, the funds will be made available electronically to the nonprofit.

Each organization may submit only one application at a time. Applications must be submitted electronically. Any application sent to an individual staff member of the Area Foundation cannot be accepted. We will not accept emails, faxes or hard copies. When you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated response stating the Area Foundation has received your application. If you do not receive an automated response after submitting, please contact Gavin Nichols at or 210.242.4720.

For more information, contact:

Gavin Nichols

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about our COVID-19 Response Fund grantmaking process.


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