Capital and Naming Rights Grants

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

The Capital and Naming Rights grant process will not be held in 2020. 

If you have questions, please contact Cadence Corbin, 210.242.4721, Gavin Nichols, 210.242.4720 or Stephanie LaFroscia, 210.228.3754.

In 2018, $3 million was awarded to six nonprofits for future capital and naming right projects/programs. Read the full press release.

This grant opportunity will be provided again in 2022. Grant applications will not open in 2020.

Past Grant Awards

Eligibility and Criteria

Requests to the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, for capital support are limited to organizations that are: 

  • 501(c)3 charities, academic and public sector institutions 
  • Located in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties 
  • Within the charitable interest areas set forth by Mr. Santikos. See below for list. 


I. All proposals must present a significant naming rights opportunity and will be limited to requests for:

  • Renovation, restoration, construction, acquisition and expansion projects
  • Programs

II. All proposals must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be new, unique and/or introduce national best practices in the San Antonio area
  • Demonstrate exceptional, potential impact measured by one or more of the following: number of people served, type and scope of impact it will foster, and opportunities for scalability.

III. Extra consideration will be given to proposals that also accomplish one or more of the following:

Application Procedures

This grant cycle occurs every two years. Grant applications will not open in 2019.

For more information about the 2018 application process, please download this powerpoint presentation

Santikos Charitable Interest Areas

I. People in Need

  • Individuals with mental and physical challenges
  • Seniors
  • Victims of child abuse
  • Victims of disasters

II. Health

  • Healthcare and wellness
  • Medical research (seed funding)

III. Youth and Education

  • College and university programs - especially those focused on entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Pre-K to 12 
  • Scholarships
  • Youth development

IV. Arts and Culture

  • Arts education
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Public parks
  • Public radio
  • Public television

What We Do Not Fund

We will not consider proposals for endowments.

Additional Information

  • Please note that the application for a capital grant will not exclude organizations from applying for other funding opportunities at the Area Foundation.

  • At any time after applications are available and before the deadline, you may access, save, complete and submit the application.

  • All grant seekers must create an account to access the online application. You will receive an email confirming you have created an account.
  • When the application opens in January 2022, you will be able to preview the application without having to log on. Please note, you cannot save data while in preview mode.
  • 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. 
  • Please download and review the Media Guidelines to assist you in publicizing and referring to your grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about our Capital and Naming Rights Grants process.

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