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Collaborative Grants

Offering support for collaborative projects and opportunities to join with other funders to serve the community.

Funding Purpose

The Collaborative Grants process is designed to leverage community leadership and unique opportunities to advance equity in San Antonio. This process enables the Area Foundation to provide funding for collaborative programs outside of the triennial responsive grant process. Proposals may be submitted to the Area Foundation, reviewed by Area Foundation staff; and, if approved, the requestor will be invited to apply for funding.

Such needs may include:

  • Collaborative program expenses (programs that would carry the Santikos name).
  • Community needs and pressing issues to the community.
  • Collaborative programs that address equity or systemic issues.
  • Unique opportunities to collaborate with other funders.


Grant requests may include:

  • Program and operating expenses related to a collaborative opportunity.


For information about our Responsive Grants process, along with information about our other grants, including Animal Services and Biomedical Research Grants, please visit our Grants page.

Application Information

Eligibility

Organizations eligible for funding meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit work takes place in one of the following counties: Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina or Wilson. 
  • Organizations including schools, churches or governmental bodies exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Organizations must have operated in the 8-county area for at least one year and have minimum annual expenses of at least $75,000 for the previously completed fiscal year. 
  • Funding must be consistent with the funding priorities defined by John L. Santikos and within the impact areas supported by the Area Foundation.

Timeline

Proposals may be presented to Area Foundation program officers or leadership via the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) at any time.

Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Qualified nonprofit organizations may submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). This is an on-line form in our Grants Center located here. If Area Foundation staff or leadership receive verbal or email requests that should be pursued, the applicant will be directed to complete and submit the LOI form. The LOI will ask for the following information:

  • The name of the program or project.
  • How the grant award will be used.
  • Total cost of the program or project.
  • Community impact of the program or project.
  • Amount requested.
  • Timeline for the program or project implementation.
  • A description of how the Santikos name might be displayed, if applicable.
  • Other indicative information that identifies the organization.

Process

CEI staff will review the LOI and follow-up with the applicant to provide more information. The LOI will go through an evaluation process and, if approved, the organization will be invited to submit a grant application signed by the organization’s Head of Organization and Board Chair outlining:

  • Description of the program, project or operating expense need.
  • Information required for future reporting.
  • The application will ask for the following attachments:
    • Current list of Board of Directors and Executive/Management Staff.
    • Current year total budget for organization.
    • Other information that supports the request
  • The grant application will inherit information from the LOI form so that the applicant does not have to provide the same information again.

Reporting process:

  • For the Collaborative Grants process, the grant recipient will provide a report on results and expenditures within 30 days after project or program completion. The Report Date will be established by the timeline submitted in the original request and the final project report will be assigned by the Area Foundation Grant Administrator. 
  • Grantees will be required to provide reporting on the impact of the program or project one year after project implementation.

Collaborative grants are one-time grants awarded to organizations whose services align with the vision of at least one of our four primary impact areas. Priority is given to organizations serving under-represented and under-served communities.

Cultural Vibrancy
Supports organizations and programming that ensure access to arts and cultural programming and encourage broad participation from all parts of our community; reflect the diverse cultures of the San Antonio area; and promote the value of arts and culture through arts education, advocacy, and the integration of arts and culture across sectors through innovative collaboration.

Livable and Resilient Communities
Supports organizations, programs and initiatives that further access to affordable, safe, and stable housing; transportation; wellness resources and public spaces; public-private partnerships to create sustainable opportunities and address disparities in these areas across the San Antonio area; and platforms for community/stakeholder voice and leadership.

Successful Aging
Supports organizations and programs that address the needs of older adults and their caregivers; recognize their ongoing contributions to diverse communities across the San Antonio area; provide opportunities for older adults to engage and connect; and build awareness of and collaboration between existing resources.

Youth Success
Supports organizations and programs that encourage the achievement of all youth within the community throughout a student’s education (cradle to career); address disparities across youth educational outcomes; provide equitable access, and engage communities by strengthening youth leadership and providing educational activities for parents and caretakers.

Responsive grants do not support the following:

  • Endowments. 
  • Religious purposes. 
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation.

All grant seekers must create an account to access the online LOI. Please click here to create an account in our Grants Center. You will receive an email confirming you have created an account.

LOI’s must be submitted via our online Grants Center.

 

 

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Andrea Figueroa
Senior Program Officer (Youth Success)
Jesus Garcia-Gonzalez
Senior Program Officer (Livable and Resilient Communities)
Gavin Nichols
Gavin Nichols
Senior Program Officer (Successful Aging, Cultural Vibrancy, Animal Services, Biomedical Research)
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