COVID-19 Response Fund

In the event of a crisis, emergency or natural disaster, the San Antonio Area Foundation is here to help. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created by the Area Foundation, and multiple partners, including the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.

What We Fund

We are providing general operating grants nonprofit organizations with deep roots in community and strong experience in serving populations in the following issue areas:

  • Lack of health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave
  • Economic impact of reduced and lost work
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable population caused by COVID-19 related closures
  • Increased demand for medical information and support due to fear and confusion among the most vulnerable residents
  • Assistance with funding that can be used for food supplies, prescriptions/medical that is not covered by insurance, emergency shelter and cleanup of the disaster.

IMPORTANT: The Area Foundation and multiple partners have established this fund for general operating grants to area nonprofit organizations most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Applications to this fund on behalf of individual persons will not be accepted, but community residents needing resources or assistance due to COVID-19 may call United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County's 2-1-1 Help Line.

We want to thank our co-partner, the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County for their collaborative efforts as we answered the call for action during this time of immense need. As of May 6, the Fund has awarded $5 million to over 150 nonprofits. Donors continue to make contributions, and awards will continue to be made based on applications already received during the nearly two-month application period.

We encourage nonprofits to monitor the Area Foundation’s website, social media channels, and sign up for the Nonprofit News e-newsletter for additional Area Foundation SAAFdn grant opportunities.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, please send an e-mail to

What We Do Not Fund

For the COVID-19 Response Fund, we do not make grants for:

  • Endowments
  • Capital campaigns (capital funds are made available through a separate process)
  • Religious purposes
  • Individuals
  • Debt reduction
  • Scholarships for colleges, universities and trade schools (scholarship funds available through a separate process)
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation
  • Non-emergency work that has already been completed
  • Operating deficits or deficits due to:
  1. Gradual loss of funding
  2. Loss of government funding
  3. Waiting for government reimbursement
  • ​​​​​​​Startup program expenses
  • Operating expenses for strategic planning or organizational development needs 

Application Procedures

We know that it takes time and resources to complete grant applications, therefore so we have decided to temporarily close the COVID-19 Response Fund application to honor the 100 pending applications in the system. Nearly 300 applications have already been reviewed. Once all applications have been reviewed, and if additional funds become available the application will reopen. Please stayed connected to our website, social media and the Nonprofit News for updates.

Additional Information

  • To be eligible for funding, applicant organizations must:
  1. Be a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and
  2. Provide programs and services directly benefiting Bexar County and the residents of the surrounding seven contiguous counties
  • Grants will be awarded on an as needed basis. The application will be available beginning March 20, 2020. At any time after that, you may access, save, complete and submit the application. There is no deadline. Applications will be processed upon receipt Monday through Friday.
  • 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. 

Applications are reviewed by a committee of San Antonio Area Foundation.

Approval or denial notification will be sent to the grant applicant within ten business days of submission. If awarded an operational grant, the funds will be made available electronically to the nonprofit.

Each organization may submit only one application at a time. Applications must be submitted electronically. Any application sent to an individual staff member of the Area Foundation cannot be accepted. We will not accept emails, faxes or hard copies. 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 an automated response after submitting, please contact Gavin Nichols at or 210.242.4720.

For more information, contact:

Gavin Nichols

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about our COVID-19 Response Fund grantmaking process.


Who and Where We Have Currently Funded

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 federal, state or national nonprofit agencies.

COVID-19 – Map 1 – Organizations Awarded below identifies the current list of nonprofit grantees located in the primary zip codes they serve.

COVID-19 – Map 2 – Zip Codes Served below shows the current zip codes being served by grantee organizations. This map shows how funds are being distributed across our city and adjacent communities.

303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78215

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