COVID-19 Response Fund FAQs

Below are answers to some of our frequently asked questions about our COVID-19 Response Fund grantmaking process.

What is the deadline for submitting the COVID-19 Response Fund application?

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.

What types of proposals will be considered?

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.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, please send an e-mail to covid19@saafdn.org.

When is the grant due and what is the length of time the proposal should cover?

There is no specified grant due date. The organization will be expected to begin utilizing the grant immediately upon receipt and expend the funds in an expeditious manner. 

Can the funds be used for personnel who will run the program?

Yes. 

Does the Area Foundation have a specific geographic focus?

Yes, funding is available to qualified nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Bexar and the seven contiguous counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson).

Do we need to create an account to access and complete the COVID-19 Response Fund grant application?

Yes. Please click here.

What does a complete grant application include?

Organizations wishing to apply must complete one copy of the online application and budget form plus the following documentation: 

  • A list of the Board of Directors and their community or professional affiliations 
  • The current year’s annual organizational budget      

Will we be able to save the application prior to submitting?

Yes. You may save your application and make changes prior to submitting. We recommend that you print the application and review for completeness prior to submitting. Incomplete applications—that is, not answering all questions in the on-line applications and including all of the attachments—will not be considered.

Does the COVID-19 Response Fund application need to be signed?

Yes, typing the name of the head of organization and board chair/president on the last page of the application acts as a signature and acknowledges that both have reviewed the application and all required attachments. Please note that the head of organization and board chair who acknowledge the grant through an electronic signature are expected to be able to answer questions about the application.

How are applications submitted to the Area Foundation for review?

All grant applications and required attachments must be submitted electronically.  We will not accept emails, faxes or hard copies. 

How will we know if the Area Foundation received our grant application?

  • Upon submission of your grant application, you will receive an automated response. 
  • If you do not receive an automated response after submitting, please contact Gavin Nichols at gnichols@saafdn.org or 210.242.4720.

Can an organization submit more than one COVID-19 Response Fund application?

No. Each organization may submit only one application at a time.

Is there a minimum or maximum amount of funding that can be requested?

Yes. Grants can be from $5,000 to $50,000.

Why do you need an applicant’s financial statements and budget in order to consider a grant?

The board and staff of the Area Foundation serve as stewards of our donors’ funds and, therefore, must have confidence that the investments we make in organizations are sound. The financial statements and budget (part of the application form) are reviewed to determine the financial stability of each organization.

How is funding determined?

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

Does the Area Foundation award both full and partial grants?

Yes.

When are grants awarded?

Approval or denial notification will be sent to grant applicants within ten business days after receipt of the application. The grant award will be submitted electronically, either through ACH or wire transfer, with confirmation from the nonprofit. .A grant contract will be emailed to the nonprofit as well.

If I apply in the COVID-19 Response Fund process can I still apply in the other Area Foundation grant processes?

Yes. Applying for the COVID-19 Response Fund grant does not exclude you from applying for any of the Area Foundation’s grant processes. For more information about the Area Foundation grant processes, see: San Antonio Area Foundation Grants.

Is it possible to speak to someone before submitting an application?

Yes.  If you have any questions, please contact Gavin Nichols at 210.242.4720 or gnichols@saafdn.org.

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