Covid-19 Response Fund Grants Strengthening the community through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Purpose

During unprecedented times, the San Antonio Area Foundation is committed to help the community respond and recover. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created by the Area Foundation and the United Way of San Antonio Bexar County, and multiple partners, to call forth the strengths and resiliency of our community in response to the COVID-19 health pandemic of 2020.

Together, the San Antonio Area Foundation and multiple partners, established a fund available for general operating grants for area nonprofit organizations most impacted by the COVI-19 crisis. Our ability to leverage relationships within our community allowed us to provide support "to"over 200 organizations with a community investment totaling $6.4M.

We want to thank our co-partner, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County for their collaborative efforts as we answered the call for action during this time of immense need. 

Donations Received

Update as of August 1, 2020

Awards Given

Update as of August 1, 2020

Average Grant Size

Update as of August 1, 2020

Donations and Partners

On March 20, 2020, over $2.7 million was initially seeded in the COVID-19 Response Fund jointly managed by the San Antonio Area Foundation and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Philanthropists, foundations, government entities and corporations joined us in announcing this new fund to aid the nonprofit community in serving the most economically vulnerable in our community. Together, $6.4 million was raised to support nonprofit organizations most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds Jointly Managed By

Major Gifts

Logos Of Partners

Additional Donors
  • The USAA Foundation, Inc.
  • The Humana Foundation
  • Kronkosky Charitable Foundation
  • Mays Family Foundation
  • Tobin Endowment
  • Greehey Family Foundation
  • Gloria Galt Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Semmes Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • NuStar Energy
  • Casey Family Programs
  • The Meadows Foundation
  • City of San Antonio
  • Amini Family Foundation
  • Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio
  • Nationwide Foundation
  • Holt Family Foundation
  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
  • Texas Mutual Insurance Company
  • Wells Fargo
  • CVS Health
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Child Care Collaborative Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Arnim Family Foundation
  • Houston and Caroline Harte Fund
  • Spellman Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • 80|20 Foundation
  • Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation 
  • Tom White Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • The Brown Foundation
  • Bank of San Antonio
  • Annie and Tim Swan Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Masters Leadership Program Alumni
  • Volunteering for Service
  • Benson Family Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Ellinor and Marvin Forland Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • General Dynamics

Who and Where We Have Currently Funded

COVID-19 – Map 1 – Organizations Awarded

The map below identifies the list of nonprofit grantees located in the primary zip codes they serve.

COVID-19 - Map 2 - Organizations Awarded

The map below shows the zip codes served by grantee organizations. This map shows how funds were distributed across our city and adjacent communities.

Resources and Updates

COVID-19 is a global, humanitarian, health, and economic crisis. We understand that trusted information is vital at this moment. As we embrace our goal to be of service to our community, we've created a list of helpful resources to help us navigate through these difficult times.

COVID-19 Community Survey

The San Antonio Area Foundation, in conjunction with United Way of San Antonio & Bexar CountyH. E. Butt Foundation, and LISC San Antonio, recently surveyed community organizations to assess the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on San Antonio nonprofits and their operations. Topics covered in the survey are:

  • Fundraising/Revenue Impact
  • Operational Costs Impact
  • Volunteer & Event Activities Impact
  • Service Needs Impact
  • Changes in Organizational Approaches to Work with Clients
  • Adjustments to Staffing Models/Availability/Readiness
  • Technical Capacity for Virtual and Remote Work

View Survey

Community Resource Guide

Our community resource links help connect San Antonians to services and information at the State, County, and City levels.  

In the News

COVID-19 Response Fund

West Side Families Count On Good Neighbors During Pandemic

House of Neighborly Service Still Strong After 100+ Year 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…

COVID-19 Response Fund Boosts Local Nonprofits With $13M Infusion

San Antonio non-profit organizations helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have received $13.4 million in the last five months, thanks to the generosity of donors working with the San Antonio Area Foundation. The Area Foundation has helped numerous charitable organizations, foundations and individual donors offer a swift response to the coronavirus outbreak by supporting…

COVID-19 Response Fund Grows by $1 million to $6.3 million

More than 160 nonprofits already awarded in less than two months. Two major gifts have maintained the viability and growth of the COVID-19 Response Fund, bringing funds donated to help San Antonians to $6.3 million. The H. E. Butt Foundation pledged an additional $500,000, bringing their total commitment to $1 million. Additionally, The Humana Foundation joined the effort with…

$1 Million Challenge Grant Brings COVID-19 Response Fund to $5.3 Million

$500,000 each from Harvey Najim, John L. Santikos Fund boosts fund’s support to nonprofits. Two new $500,000 donations have given a significant boost to the COVID-19 Response Fund, bringing funds donated to help San Antonians to $5.3 million. A $500,000 challenge grant from San Antonio philanthropist Harvey Najim last week spurred the John L. Santikos Fund…

COVID-19 Response Fund Grows to $3.7 million for Nonprofits Serving City’s Most Vulnerable Populations

San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County and other partners have awarded $1.1 million so far, with more grants in progress. During normal times, the House of Neighborly Service on the city’s West Side provides services for children, families and older adults from its headquarters in one of the city’s most distressed…

San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County and Multiple Partners Award First Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund

First wave of funding awarded to support local nonprofits serving economically vulnerable; new fund partners added to increase fund to over $2.8M. Rose Gatica, a resident at one of Merced Housing’s local affordable housing communities that includes social services supports, is relying on the nonprofit’s care during this difficult time. Rosa shared, “Miss DeeAnn [Merced Housing’s…

San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County and Multiple Partners Unveil COVID-19 Response Fund

Fundraising efforts continue as over $2.7 million is already secured to support local nonprofits serving economically vulnerable. The city’s nonprofit organizations are on the front lines of serving those hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak. To support their efforts, the San Antonio Area Foundation has teamed up with John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, United Way of San Antonio and…

Area Foundation Offices Closed, Staff Remain Available for Needs

Safety and security of the community drives the decision to close offices and Wells Center to the general public; slowing the spread of the coronavirus paramount to decision. In light of the current CDC and Texas public health recommendations surrounding COVID-19, the Area Foundation has asked its employees to conduct day-to-day work activities from home. However, staff remain…