New cycle focuses on Livable and Resilient Communities as well as on Successful Aging

Livable and resilient communities, cultural vibrancy, successful aging and youth success are the four focus areas that the San Antonio Area Foundation will focus its annual responsive grantmaking processes for 2020 and beyond. Nonprofit organizations addressing needs in these categories are invited to apply for one of the Area Foundation’s upcoming open, annual responsive grant processes.

The grant application deadline for Cultural Vibrancy and Youth Success (Cycle One) ended on Sunday, May 3 (the deadline was extended as part of our effort to help nonprofits as much as possible in these tough times).

The grant application deadline for Livable and Resilient Communities and Successful Aging (Cycle Two) will be Tuesday, June 30. Disclaimer: Nonprofits may apply in only one cycle annually.

An information session on the Cycle Two process was held on May 28. The 90-minute session was recorded, and the full recording is available here. Or, nonprofits may view the slides that were shared in the information session and watch only the 30-minutes of questions and answers here.

“Through community input and strategic planning for our grantmaking processes, we have discerned four areas of impact to center our annual responsive grantmaking,” said Marjie French, CEO of the Area Foundation. “Coupled with a shift to operational funding and the engagement of additional community voices in our grantmaking, we are excited to strengthen our relationships with our nonprofit partners, volunteers and donors.”

In our 2020 grant awards, the Area Foundation will continue to offer general operating grants to allow organizations the flexibility to direct money where it is most needed. The four impact areas for grantmaking are:

  • 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 greater 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; access to health and wellness resources; public spaces; public-private partnerships to create sustainable opportunities and address disparities in these areas across the greater San Antonio area; and platforms for community/stakeholder voice and leadership.
  • Successful Aging: Supports organizations and programs that address the needs of aging adults and their caretakers; recognize their ongoing contributions to diverse communities across the greater 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 to scholarships; and engage communities by strengthening youth leadership and providing educational activities for parent and caretakers.

Nonprofits seeking more information on the 2020 grantmaking process can check out our Grants page.