We believe in building a city where San Antonio residents are deeply connected, have equitable opportunities to thrive, and contribute to the vitality of the community.
Using trust-based philanthropic principles to guide our grant efforts, the San Antonio Area Foundation invests in the nonprofit community through funds established by caring donors who entrust us with their philanthropic desires. Our work is centered on understanding our community needs, building relationships with our stakeholders and being responsive to the feedback we obtain regarding our processes.
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Cultural Vibrancy Grants
Supporting organizations that increase community connectivity and embrace the cultural diversity of San Antonio.
Livable and Resilient Communities Grants
Supporting organizations that contribute to building a thriving, connected, and equitable city.
Successful Aging Grants
Supporting organizations focused on improving the quality of life of older adults.
Youth Success Grants
Supporting organizations providing children and youth with social-emotional support and promoting academic success.
Biomedical Research Grants
Supporting the prevention, treatment and understanding of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Capital Naming Rights Grants
Supports capital projects and naming rights opportunities in honor of the late John L. Santikos.
Community Outreach Fund Grants
Funds and grants established to serve marginalized populations and promote diverse communities.
Disaster Relief Grants
Supporting the community in the event of a crisis, emergency or natural disaster.
John L. Santikos Collaborative Grants
Creating partnerships to advance equity and make a difference throughout the community.
Special and Urgent Needs Grants
Helping organizations meet their mission while managing an unforeseen emergency or taking advantage of opportunities that will enhance its work.
Recovery Fund for the Arts
Recognizing the centrality of the arts to our collective recovery from the economic, cultural, and social impact of the pandemic.
Stories of Impact
By James Courtney SAN ANTONIO — As we previously reported, the Area Foundation is proud to join UP Partnership to boost, via our first-ever Youth Leadership Development (YLD) grants and Artist Fellowship grants, nonprofit organizations whose work empowers and amplifies the talents and voices of young people across our community. In what we’re calling the YLD Spotlight Series…
House of Neighborly Service Still Strong After 100+ Years Even with restrictions gradually lifting on being out and about during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Estela Trujillo feels quite jittery about heading out of the house. As an older adult, she knows that unfortunately she’s in the primary target demographic for the dangerous virus. She does…
In order to have a truly equitable post-coronavirus recovery, one key factor cannot be overlooked: academic systems serving young people can no longer work independently of one another. “The pandemic clearly showed us that as a city, we are extremely dependent on one another. Education systems, including schools and wrap-around student services, do not work…
When our region began feeling the pervasive impact of the quickly-spreading coronavirus pandemic in March, students suddenly saw their Spring Break extended by a few days. Then some more days. Weeks went by and students and their parents began hearing what seemed like the inevitable – classes would be cancelled for good for the remainder…