The San Antonio Area Foundation makes grants from our funds, with help from our donors, to nonprofit organizations improving the quality of life in Bexar County and the following surrounding counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.

Grant Opportunities

Annual Responsive

Cycle One:

Application is currently closed.

Funding Categories: 

Children and Youth
Programs that enable children and families to lead safe and productive lives. 

Medicine and Healthcare
Programs that promote healthy lifestyles with an emphasis on reducing obesity and diabetes, are preventative in nature or educate the community in prevention, and/or increase access to comprehensive healthcare, including dental, vision and mental services.

Cycle 2

Funding available for nonprofits serving the senior community

The Seniors - SALSA (Successfully Aging and Living in San Antonio) application process will open on Monday, Aug. 20, with a deadline of Friday, Sept. 21, at 11:59 p.m. 

Programs that enhance the quality of life for seniors.  

Senior Responsive Grant Making will occur in early August. The intent is to intentionally align our senior grant making strategies to complement and support the work of our Successfully Aging and Living in San Antonio (SALSA) initiative. Learn about our comprehensive overview of the SALSA initiative and strategic direction. 

Other Funding Categories of Cycle 2:

The application process for the categories listed below is now closed.

Animal Services 
Programs that improve the health and wellness of animals, educate our community about animal care and/or provide spay/neuter and/or adoption services. 

Arts and Culture
Programs that promote accessibility to the arts, encourage broad participation from all parts of our community and/or provide arts education and outreach. 

Programs that improve the safety and welfare of vulnerable and under-served populations, increase chances for individual/family success and self-sufficiency. 

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Biomedical Research

Deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Grants are awarded on an annual basis to programs in the areas of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Funding will be announced in early April. 

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Capital/Naming Rights

This funding supports local capital projects and naming rights opportunities in honor of the late John L. Santikos. This application process is currently closed.

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Disaster Relief Funding

Important Note: Grant applications will be accepted once a disaster has been declared in one of our eight-county funding area. A disaster has not been declared at this time.

In the event of a crisis, emergency or natural disaster, the San Antonio Area Foundation is here to help. Grant funding is available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties. Disasters will be declared by the Area Foundation based on the thresholds commonly used by the federal, state or national nonprofit agencies.

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High School Completion

Application currently closed.

Grants are awarded to out-of-school time programs that provide academic, recreational and cultural activities to keep youth in school. 

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Special and Urgent Needs

Special and Urgent Needs Special and Urgent Needs Funding is an ongoing grants process that is always open for organizations who must continue to meet their mission while managing an unbudgeted, unforeseen and time-sensitive emergency or help the organization take advantage of an unexpected opportunity that will enhance its work. 

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Strengthening Nonprofits

The San Antonio Area Foundation is temporarily suspending Strengthening Nonprofits (SNP) Grantmaking—Phase I and Phase II until further notice. 

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African American

The San Antonio Area African American Community Fund supports nonprofit organizations that serve African Americans in arts and culture, health, people in need, youth and education. 

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Women and Girls

Deadline to apply is Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5 pm.

Funding supports nonprofits focused on leadership development of women and girls with grants. 

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2018 Grant Open and Closing Dates



Monday, Jan. 8 Capital and Naming Rights Grants Application Open
Tuesday, Jan. 16 Cycle one of Annual Responsive Grants Application Open
Monday, Feb. 12 High School Completion Grants Application Open
Friday, Feb. 16 Cycle one of Annual Responsive Grants Deadline
Wednesday, Feb. 21 Capital and Naming Rights Grants Deadline
Friday, March 9 High School Completion Grants Deadline
Monday, June 11 Cycle two of the Annual Responsive Grants Application Open
Friday, July 20 Cycle two of the Annual Responsive Grants Deadline
Sunday, Oct. 7 Women and Girls Development Fund Grant Application Deadline

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San Antonio, TX 78215

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