High School Completion Grants

High School Completion grants are awarded on an annual basis to out-of-school time programs that provide academic, recreational and cultural activities to keep youth in school.

In 2011, the Area Foundation launched the High School Completion initiative. Since inception, we have awarded $2.8 million to nonprofits providing out-of-school time programs to Bexar County students in third through ninth grades.

The current application process will close Friday, March 10, 2017. Congratulations to the 2016 High School Completion grantees. For 2016, the Area Foundation awarded 18 grants totaling $1.3 million.

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What We Fund:

  • Grants to 501(c)(3) public charities in Bexar County that provide out-of-school-time (OST) activities for students in third through ninth grades. An OST program provides academic, recreational and/or cultural activities for students after school on school days, on weekends, school holidays, Spring Break and during the summer break. 
  • Organizations that provide evidence that students improve in the areas of school attendance, academic performance, and/or behavior. 
  • Organizations that provide opportunities for students to engage in leadership activities and/or families to participate in the program.
  • Organizations that have a relationship with a public or charter school in Bexar County.
  • Organizations that provide a letter of support signed by a teacher, counselor or administrator that refers to the project described in the application and describe its impact on students’ school attendance, behavior in school and/or academic performance. 

    We highly recommend that you request the letter of support right away so that you receive it before the grant deadline.

Applications are evaluated on:

  • Strength of organization (e.g., management, staffing, board involvement, etc.) 
  • Approach to issue (e.g., project description, relationship with school, etc.) 
  • Compliance with funding priorities 
  • Ability to complete project and meet goals 
  • Effectiveness of evaluation (e.g. type of data collected impact on participants). 
  • 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
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation

Additional information:

  • Grants are awarded on an annual basis. The application will be available Monday, February 6, 2017 through Friday, March 10, 2017. During that time, you may access, save, complete and submit the application. The deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017 at 12:00 am CST (midnight). 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • There are two phases of review.  Applications that do not make it through the first phase will be notified in early April.  Applicants that remain in the process will be notified of grant awards in June. 
  • 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 210.242.4720 or Catherine Garcia at 210.228.3757. 
Applications are reviewed by the High School Completion Community Advisory Committee, a diverse group of community volunteers with expertise and knowledge concerning the educational needs of our community.  


Contact:  For more information, contact
Gavin Nichols at 210.242.4720.

Project Reports

All project reports must be submitted online through Grants Center


Interim Project Report

All 2016 High School Completion grant recipients must submit either an interim project report or a final project report. For funding scheduled for full expenditure by Thursday, August 31, 2017, please submit the final project report as soon as your project is complete by Saturday, September 30, 2017. For multi-year grants, submit this form no later than Sunday, April 30, 2017. (The completion date for your project can be found on page 1 of your award contract.)

Final Project Report
All 2016 High School Completion grant recipients must submit a final project report. (The completion date for your project can be found on page 1 of your award contract.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about our high school completion grantmaking process.


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