Responsive Grants Offering general operating support through equity-based grantmaking to help organizations in meeting their mission.

Funding Purpose

The Responsive Grants process is designed to leverage community leadership, convening power, and capacity building efforts to advance equity in San Antonio. By providing general operating awards, we take an asset-based approach to allow organizations to focus on mission and address the needs of individuals and communities they serve.  

In speaking with many of our nonprofit partners, we heard that the shift to multi-year grants and our deepening commitment to putting trust-based philanthropy into practice has provided an element of stability during a time when so much is in flux. For many, this translated into a greater ability to plan for the coming year and in turn, greater stability in the programs and services this provides for our communities. 

By partnering with the community, the Responsive Grants process aims to close the opportunity gap for the people in San Antonio who need it most. Our primary five impact areas include: Cultural Vibrancy, Livable and Resilient Communities, Successful Aging, and Youth Success.  

We recognize that our shift to multi-year funding is challenging for organizations who are not recent grant recipients and would benefit from an opportunity to apply for funding through a competitive grant process. We continue to work with our staff, board, and non-profit partners to identify and invest in programs that support your work outside of the Responsive grants, including capacity-building for nonprofits, peer learning and strategic partnerships. 

Information about our Responsive Grants process can be found below, including the timeline for the 2023-2025 Responsive Grant Cycle.  For information about our other grants, including Animal Services and Biomedical Research Grants, please visit our Grants page. 

Responsive Grants 2023-2025

The Responsive Grants will open for new applications in 2023. The application for Cycle 1 (Cultural Vibrancy and Youth Success) will open in January 2023 and Cycle 2 (Livable and Resilient Communities and Successful Aging) will open in May 2023. 

To stay updated on application deadlines and requirements, sign up for our newsletter [link to newsletter]. As always, if you have questions, please contact your program officer or our Director of Grants and Community Engagement, Stephanie LaFroscia, at slafroscia@saafdn.org, 210.228.3754. Our program officers’ contact information is included at the bottom of this page. 

Application Information

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Stephanie LaFroscia

Director of Grants and Community Engagement

Jennifer Cook

Director of Strategy and Impact

Gavin Nichols

Youth Success - Senior Program Officer