Special and Urgent Needs Funding

Special and Urgent Needs Funding is closed at this time. Funds available for 2020 have been depleted. It will be closed through December 31, 2020 at which time available funding will be evaluated for 2021.

The Special and Urgent Needs Funding (SUNF) goal is to help an organization meet its mission while managing an unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive emergency or help the organization take advantage of an unexpected opportunity that will enhance its work. 

The SUNF meets the need for a rapid funding response where the alternative traditional timeline would result in the loss of a critical safety net service or opportunity where other funding sources are not available.  

What we fund:

The SUN Fund provides one-time grants up to $20,000 to: 

  • Respond to an urgent need that could not have been anticipated and for which there are no other sources of funding. Provide critical equipment or resource needs that could not have been anticipated or budgeted. 
  • Take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity. 
  • Although not limited to, preference is given to applications where the organization has made its own commitment to the project through an allocation of some of its funds.
For the SUNF grant, we will consider any eligible organization that meets the overall grantmaking criteria of the foundation. Some possible examples are proposals that will allow an organization to:
  • Conduct emergency repairs of building structure or mechanical systems (heating/cooling, water service, etc.) whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the provision of services. Examples of a grant of this nature would be repair costs for a leaking roof resulting from an extreme weather event.
  • Replace essential equipment and technology whose need could not have been anticipated or budgeted and whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the provision of services. An example would a crisis hotline phone system that fails without warning.
  • Provide resources whose need could not have been anticipated or budgeted, and without which the work of the organization would be severely hampered. An example of this type of grant is training on post-traumatic stress disorder for school guidance counselors supporting children severely impacted by a disaster or traumatic event.
  • Manage an unanticipated leadership transition or emergency succession of an executive director. An example of a grant of this nature is staffing costs for someone to fill a capacity need caused by the sudden departure of the organization's executive director.

What We Do Not Fund

Special and Urgent Needs

For Special and Urgent Needs Funding grants, we do not make grants for:

  • Endowments
  • Capital campaign
  • Religious purposes
  • Individuals
  • Debt reduction
  • Indirect costs
  • Scholarships for colleges, universities and trade schools
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation
  • Non-emergency work that has already been completed
  • Operating deficits or deficits due to:
    • Gradual loss of funding
    • Loss of government funding
    • Waiting for government reimbursement
  • Start up program expenses
  • Operating expenses for strategic planning, organizational development needs or ongoing program work
  • Expenses that should have been anticipated or result from failure to exercise proper maintenance or duty of care

Application Procedures

Special and Urgent Needs

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

Organizations wishing to apply must complete one copy of the online application and budget form plus the documentation:
  • A list of the board of directors and their community or professional affiliations
  • The current year's annual organization budget
  • Bids from consultants, contractors or vendors, if applicable
Special and Urgent Needs Additional information may be requested once your application is reviewed. Applicants will generally be notified of decisions approximately three - six days after receipt of an application.

Additional Information

  • To be eligible for funding applicant organizations must:
    • Be a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
    • 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 April 1, 2016. At any time after that, you may access, save, complete and submit the application. There is no deadline. Applications will be processed within upon receipt Monday through Friday, not including holidays.
  • 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. 
  • 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 gnichols@saafdn.org or 210.242.4720.
  • Approval or denial notification will be sent to grant applicant within six business days of submission.
Special and Urgent Needs

For more information, contact:

Gavin Nichols

Frequently Asked Questions

Special and Urgent Needs Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about our Special and Urgent Needs Funding grantmaking process.

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