Disaster Relief Funding FAQs

Below are answers to some of our frequently asked questions about our Disaster Relief Funding grantmaking process.

What is the deadline for submitting the Disaster Relief Funding application?

There is no deadline. Applications for the Disaster Relief Funding are accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis.

What is consider a disaster relief?

Some possible examples are proposals that will allow an organization to: 
  • Assist those impacted by industrial accidents and widespread weather events
  • Assist with money that can be used for food supplies, prescriptions/medical not covered by insurance, emergency shelter and cleanup of the disaster
  • Support for those who cannot get assistance from other sources or whose losses are not covered by insurance

How long is the grant period?

There is no specified grant period.  The organization will be expected to begin utilizing the grant immediately upon receipt and expend the funds in an expeditious manner. 

Can the funds be used for personnel who will run the program?

Yes. 

Does the Area Foundation have a specific geographic focus?

Yes, funding is available to qualified nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Bexar and the seven contiguous counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson).

Do we need to create an account to access and complete the Disaster Relief Funding grant application?

Yes. Please click here.

What does a complete grant application include?

Organizations wishing to apply must complete one copy of the on-line application and budget form plus the following documentation: 
  • A list of the Board of Directors and their community or professional affiliations 
  • The current year’s annual organizational budget      
  • Bids from consultants, contractors or vendors, if applicable

Will we be able to save the application prior to submitting?

Yes. You may save your application and make changes prior to submitting. We recommend that you may print the application and review for completeness prior to submitting. Incomplete applications—that is, not answering all questions in the on-line applications and including all of the attachments—will not be considered.

How often do I need to save when working on the application?

To avoid being logged out, applicants should use the Save as Draft button at least every 30 minutes.  An applicant will be automatically logged out of the system after 90 minutes without saving and all work will be lost.

Does the Disaster Relief Funding application need to be signed?

Yes, typing the name of the head of organization and board chair/president on the last page of the application acts as a signature and acknowledges that both have reviewed the application and all required attachments. Head of organization and board chair are expected to be able to answer questions about the application.

How are applications submitted to the Area Foundation for review?

All grant applications and required attachments must be submitted electronically.  We will not accept emails, faxes or hard copies. 

How will we know if the Area Foundation received our grant application?

Upon submission of your grant application, you will receive an automated response. 

If you do not receive an automated response after submitting, please contact Gavin Nichols at gnichols@saafdn.org or 210.242.4720.

Can an organization submit more than one Disaster Relief Funding application?

No.  Each organization may submit only one application at a time.

Is there a minimum or maximum amount of funding that can be requested?

No.

Why do you need an applicant’s financial statements and budget in order to consider a grant?

The board and staff of the  Area Foundation serve as stewards of our donors’ funds and, therefore, must have confidence that the investments we make in organizations are sound. The financial statements and budget (part of the application form) are reviewed to determine the financial stability of each organization.

How is funding determined?

Applications are reviewed by San Antonio Area Foundation staff and a review committee of the Santikos Foundation Board of Trustees.

Does the Area Foundation award both full and partial grants?

Yes.

When are grants awarded?

Approval or denial notification will be sent to grant application within six business days after receipt of the application. Checks and contracts will be mailed as soon as processed after the decision to award is made.

If I apply in the Disaster Relief Funding process can I still apply in the other Area Foundation grant processes?

Yes. Applying for the Disaster Relief Funding grant does not exclude you from applying for any of the Area Foundation’s grant processes. For more information about the Area Foundation grant processes, see: San Antonio Area Foundation Grants.

Is it possible to speak to someone before submitting an application?

Yes.  If you have any questions, please contact Gavin Nichols at 210.242.4720 or gnichols@saafdn.org.

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