Strengthening Nonprofits Grants

In an effort to strengthen and deepen the Strengthening Nonprofits (SNP) grant making process, the San Antonio Area Foundation will temporarily place on hold the current grant making process for Phase I and Phase II.

All grant reports for 2017 are still due at the date noted on your contract.

For a number of years, the Area Foundation has focused on helping nonprofits build and strengthen capacity. We will continue this commitment and ask for your patience as we transition into a better and stronger program.

For more information, contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez at 210.242.4730.

SNP Grants Update Meetings

Rebecca Brune, president and COO, and Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, director of capacity building, will present an update on our Strengthening Nonprofits grantmaking initiative. The capacity-building initiative. The meetings will be held on Friday, March 2. 

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FAQ: SNP Grantmaking Updates

Why did the Area Foundation temporarily put the Strengthening Nonprofits (SNP) Phase I and II grants on hold?

The Area Foundation has provided capacity building grants and capacity building training programs for the nonprofit community since 2011.  We want to assure you that our commitment to capacity building has not waivered.

As you may know, the Area Foundation worked with a national consulting firm last year to help us look at how we could strengthen our work in the community.  By temporarily placing our SNP on hold, this time will allow us to be thoughtful and intentional as we map out next steps.

When will the program resume? Will you hold an SNP Phase II capacity building-grant process this year?

We can assure you that we will hold an SNP Phase II grantmaking cycle later this year.  We will give the nonprofit community ample notice to allow you to prepare and submit a strong grant application. 

I received a grant to purchase the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) before the program was temporarily put on hold. Should I still purchase and complete the CCAT?

We recommend that you purchase and complete the CCAT.  However, please be aware that the CCAT vendor, the TCC Group, will launch an updated CCAT interface in spring. Based on feedback from users, they are upgrading the log-in experience to make it easier for nonprofit organizations to administer the tool. They have also updated the look and feel of the CCAT final report.  Graphics, data and capacity building planning will now more easily accessible for nonprofit users and CCAT facilitators. We will share more information about the new interface as soon as the TCC Group makes it available.

If I have questions about the SNP grantmaking, who should I contact?

Please contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez at or 210.242.4730 for more information. 

About the SNP Grants Process

Applications are evaluated on

  • Strength of organization (e.g., management, staffing, board involvement, etc.)
  • Organization’s understanding of its needs (e.g., needs well-articulated and proposed project consistent with CCAT results)
  • Strength and viability of proposed project (activities, timeline and budget are well thought out, board and staff are qualified)
  • Strength of proposed project’s benefits and plan to measure effectiveness (project’s benefit and plan for measuring effectiveness is sufficient)
  • Financial strength of organization
  • Overall strength of application

Strengthening Nonprofits grants do not fund

  • Current operating budgets
  • Programs or direct service delivery
  • Computer hardware
  • Capital projects
  • Endowments
  • Debt reduction
  • Operating deficits
  • Indirect costs
  • Programs for individual churches, parishes, or congregations that do not benefit the community-at-large
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation

Additional information

  • All grant seekers must have an account to access the online application.
  • Each organization may submit one Strengthening Nonprofits grant per deadline.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically. Any application sent to an individual staff member of the Area Foundation cannot be accepted. No faxes or hard copies will be accepted.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be held and considered in the next grant cycle. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for funding.
  • 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 in the form of an email immediately after submitting, please contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez at 210.242.4720. 
  • For grantees, please download and review the Media Guidelines to assist you in publicizing and referring to your grant.

Project reports

SNP Phase I Final Project Report

SNP Phase I Grant Recipients must submit a final project report within six months of the award. The completion date for your project can be found on your award letter.

SNP Phase II Final Project Report

SNP Phase II Grant Recipients must submit a final project report within 30 days of the project’s completion. The completion date can be found on page one of your award letter.

Frequently asked questions

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about our Strengthening Nonprofits grantmaking process.

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