Capital and Naming Rights Grants

Funding supports local capital projects and significant naming rights opportunities in honor of the late John L. Santikos.

A total of $9.3 million was committed to eight nonprofits in 2016 for the inaugural capital and naming rights grants process from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation. The funding opportunity is closed for 2017.

Application to open the first week of January 2018

For 2018, $9.5 million has been allocated to be distributed through our Capital and Naming Rights Grants. The application will open the first week of January 2018 with a deadline of Sunday, February 18 at midnight. Please continue to check back as we will update this page with the latest details.

Eligibility and Criteria

Eligibility
Requests to the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, for capital support are limited to organizations that are: 

  • 501(c)3 charities, academic and public sector institutions 
  • Located in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties 
  • Within the charitable interest areas set forth by Mr. Santikos. See below for list. 

Criteria:

I. All proposals must present a significant naming rights opportunity and will be limited to requests for:

  • Renovation, restoration, construction, acquisition and expansion projects
  • Programs

II. All proposals must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be new, unique and/or introduce national best practices in the San Antonio area
  • Demonstrate exceptional, potential impact measured by one or more of the following: number of people served, type and scope of impact it will foster, and opportunities for scalability.
III. Extra consideration will be given to proposals that also accomplish one or more of the following:

Application Procedures

In 2016, the application process was conducted in two phases. In 2018, interested
organizations only have to submit one proposal that will be due by Sunday, February 18 at midnight.

Santikos Charitable Interest Areas

I. People in Need

  • Individuals with mental and physical challenges
  • Seniors
  • Victims of child abuse
  • Victims of disasters

II. Health

  • Healthcare and wellness
  • Medical research (seed funding)

III. Youth and Education

  • College and university programs - especially those focused on entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Pre-K to 12 
  • Scholarships
  • Youth development

IV. Arts and Culture

  • Arts education
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Public parks
  • Public radio
  • Public television

What We Do Not Fund

We will not consider proposals for endowments.

Additional Information

  • Please note that the application for a capital grant will not exclude organizations from applying for other funding opportunities at the Area Foundation.

  • For more information about the 2016 application process, please download this powerpoint presentation.

  • At any time after applications are available and before the deadline, you may access, save, complete and submit the application.
  • All grant seekers must create an account to access the online application. You will receive an email confirming you have created an account.
  • You can preview the application without having to log on. Please note, you cannot save data while in preview mode.
  • 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 Michelle Lugalia-Hollon at mlugaliahollon@saafdn.org or 210.242.4775.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about our Capital and Naming Rights Grants process.

Contact Information

Michelle Lugalia-Hollon
Director, Program Initiatives
mlugaliahollon@saafdn.org 
210.242.4775


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