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

Funding Purpose

The Responsive Grants process has been strategically 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 to address the needs of individuals and communities they serve. 

Our primary five impact areas include: Animal Services, Cultural Vibrancy, Livable and Resilient Communities, Successful Aging, and Youth Success. Each impact area has a dedicated Program Officer to build relationships with nonprofits and lending support with technical assistance and problem solving.

By partnering with the community, the Annual Responsive Grants process aims to build a city where San Antonio area residents are deeply connected, have equitable opportunities to thrive, and contribute to the vitality of the community.

Information about our Annual Responsive Grants process can be found below.  For information about our other grants please visit our Grants page.

2022 Annual Response Grantmaking

As 2022 launches, the San Antonio Area Foundation is updating our Responsive funding process for 2022.

As a beneficiary in, and result of, the John L. Santikos bequest, the Area Foundation has awarded more than $70M of grants and programs in the community since 2015. The majority of these funds came from annual distributions from the Santikos Enterprises theatre operations/net profits. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, theatre operations have suffered due to the pandemic, resulting in theatre closures and a decrease in the annual distribution. This unexpected turn of events will impact 2022 grantmaking in comparison to pre-COVID grant cycles. While we are beginning to see some improvement in Santikos Enterprises operations and sales, a full recovery is still in our future and dividends remain lower than in years prior to 2020.

To maximize the impact of available funds, we have shifted to multi-year funding through the extension of 2020 Responsive Grant awards. We will not have a responsive grant process or application-based grants related to Santikos Capital and Naming Rights in 2022.

In speaking with many of our nonprofit partners over the last year, 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. 

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 Annual Responsive grants, including capacity-building for nonprofits, peer learning and strategic partnerships.

Like all of you, we are working to adapt our programming model and will continue to invest in programs that allow for the greatest impact with available resources through strategic partnerships and capacity building. The Community Engagement and Impact team will be available to work alongside you as you continue to develop and implement your recovery plans.

We want to be transparent with our partners about the grant process and funds available this year to allow time for organizations to adjust and plan as needed. Our programs outside of Responsive grantmaking will continue to serve our nonprofit partners: Learning and Organizational Development workshops, access to Foundation Directory Online, and use of our facilities within the restrictions required for safe gathering when we reopen our offices.

As always, if you have questions or need to discuss ideas that you have, please contact your program officer or our VP of Community Engagement and Impact, Patricia Mejia, at pmejia@saafdn.org, 210.775.1248. Our program officers’ contact information is included at the bottom of this page.

Application Information

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Stephanie LaFroscia

Cultural Vibrancy - Senior Program Officer

Jennifer Cook

Livable and Resilient Communities - Senior Program Officer

Gavin Nichols

Youth Success - Senior Program Officer