frequently Asked Questions

  • The Foundation awards grants only to non-profit organizations that are exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • The Foundation cannot award grants to individuals or for-profit organizations.
  • In addition, the Foundation has a geographic focus that favors organizations that serve Bexar County and the immediate surrounding area (Bandera, Kerr, Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa, Frio & Medina counties).
  • The Foundation provides funding for programs and projects that will help further our mission of improving the lives of individuals with special needs, their families and caregivers.
  • The Foundation does not fund economic development, political or lobbying activities, or religious organizations for strictly sectarian purposes.
The Foundation is strategic in its approach to allocating funds. The Foundation Selection Committee favors proposals/projects that demonstrate the greatest potential to positively impact the lives of individuals with special needs.

Non-profit organizations may request up to a maximum of $25,000 annually.

Multi-year grants are not permitted but organizations may apply for funding in consecutive years.

As part of the review process, the Foundation Selection Committee or Foundation staff reserve the right to conduct site visits to meet the staff, trustees and/or constituencies of potential grantee organizations. This will provide the opportunity for the Foundation Selection Committee or the staff member to gain a better understanding of the project or program, see first-hand who will be served, and assess the capacity of the potential grantee to carry out its objectives.

The Foundation no longer requires the submission of a Letter of Inquiry. It does have a deadline governing the submission of online grant applications. See the Application Process page.

The Foundation Selection Committee meets to review grant proposals once a year during October.

The timeframe from grant application deadline to funding is approximately 60 days. There is currently only one funding cycle per year.

Yes, non-profit organizations may submit up to 2 online application requests during a given grant cycle. Each request will be reviewed independently and evaluated on its own merits.
Only on rare occasions will the Foundation fund more than one grant request per organization per year. Requests for event sponsorships are considered separately from grant funding and may be submitted for consideration any time of year.

The Foundation currently has one funding cycle per calendar year.