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Grantmaking Glossary

The Community Grant application is currently closed. The deadline was January 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

For information about the Community grant process, contact
Lydia Saldaña

Program Officer-
Community & Research Grants

As you are working on your application, to avoid being logged out, click the Save as Draft button every 30 minutes. An applicant will be automatically logged out of the system after 90 minutes of inactivity.

Community Grant Process and Guidelines

The San Antonio Area Foundation accepts Community grant applications on an annual basis. We invite nonprofits seeking grants in Arts & Culture, Animal Services, Community & Human Services and Medicine & Healthcare to learn more about our process through upcoming Grant Information Meetings and Trainings.

The Community Grant application is currently closed. The deadline was January 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Those eligible to submit applications include nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, schools, churches, or governmental bodies that serve Bexar and surrounding counties.

Community grants are awarded in the areas listed below. Please note the funding priorities for each area:

Animal Services
Programs that enhance the quality of life for all animals, educate the community regarding responsible pet care and enhance spay/neuter and adoption services.

Arts and Culture
Programs that develop audiences, strengthen locally influenced arts and artists and use an innovative approach.

Community and Human Services (includes Children and Youth, Community-at-large and Seniors)
Programs and services that improve the safety and welfare of vulnerable and underserved populations.

Medicine and Healthcare (includes Visual Services)
Programs that enhance the quality of healthcare services, improve or increase access/availability of services and offer wellness services that improve health outcomes.

Applications are evaluated on the following:

  • Strength of organization (e.g., management, staffing, board involvement, etc.)
  • Program’s benefit to the community and how it relates to organization’s mission
  • Relationship to the field (fills need not currently met by existing programs in the community)
  • Alignment with funding priorities
  • Ability of organization to accomplish results as described in application
  • Soundness of project budget
  • Financial strength of organization
  • Overall strength of application


What we do not Fund:

  • Endowments
  • Debt reduction
  • Operating deficits
  • Indirect costs
  • Scholarships for colleges and universities
  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns where less than 75% of the total campaign goal has been reached
  • Programs in individual churches, parishes, or congregations that do not benefit the community-at-large
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation


Additional information:

  • The Area Foundation is a participant in the Common Grant Application of the San Antonio Funder’s Group. To the extent possible, we are using that format for our Community application process.
  • Grants are awarded on an annual basis. The application for 2014 closed January 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. CST.
  • All grant seekers must create an account to access the online application.  Please click here to create your account.  You will receive an email confirming you have created an account.    
  • Each organization may submit only one application per deadline with the following exceptions:
    • Colleges and universities may submit multiple applications, but may not submit the same application in more than one program area.
    • An organization serving as the fiscal agent for an application from an existing partnership or collaboration may also submit an application for its own organization. In such a situation, each of these applicants must demonstrate that the organizations involved have a history of partnering or collaborating with one another.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically as outlined in the application. Any application sent to an individual staff member of the Area Foundation cannot be accepted. No faxes or hard copies will be accepted.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline. Any application that is received after that time or is incomplete will not be eligible for funding.
  • When you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated response stating the Area Foundation has received your application. If you do not receive a response immediately after submitting, please contact Lydia Saldaña at 210.228.3753.
  • Applications are reviewed by Community Advisory Committees, diverse groups of community volunteers with expertise and knowledge of the community’s needs, nonprofit management and sound business practices. Funding will be announced mid-May.

For more information, contact Lydia Saldaña, at 210.228.3753