Capital and Naming Rights Grants

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

In 2018, $3 million is available to the community to support capital and naming right projects/programs.


The application deadline has been extended for the John L. Santikos Capital Naming Rights grants due to a glitch in the “budget narrative” section. It has been brought to our attention that organizations are unable to upload documents for the budget narrative section, only. As a result, we ask that you email these documents for the budget narrative section, only, to Isabel Myjer at by Wednesday, Feb. 21, by 11:59 p.m. 
TO NOTE: Only the budget narrative section of the online application has been affected, therefore, please submit the remaining portions of the application through the standard online submission process by the Feb. 21 deadline. We will receive it and begin reviewing but cannot complete our determination until the budget narrative information is emailed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lydia Saldana at 210.228.3753 or Isabel Myjer at 210.775.5859.
We truly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Thank you.

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

Interested and eligible organizations should apply using our application, found in our grants center, starting on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.  Applications will be due Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 11:59 p.m.

Once the application opens, organizations can select to meet with Rebecca Brune, president and chief operating officer. Organizations seeking consultation must schedule an appointment through Patty Russett at 210.228.3755.

Finalists will be selected and alerted by Thursday, April 12 for site visits. 

Final awardees will be notified by Monday, June 4. 

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.

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

  • 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, 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Contact Information

Rebecca Brune

President and Chief Operating Officer

Organizations seeking consultation must schedule an appointment through Patty Russett at 210.228.3755.


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