San Antonio Grants Fund Alamo City Programs

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

San Antonio GrantsThere’s a pretty interesting mix of grants available for folks who live in the City of San Antonio, Texas. Offered by a group of diverse foundations, these San Antonio grants fund anything from local arts projects to revitalization and preservation efforts. While some are only available for local non-profit organizations, other grants are issued to individuals. One grant will fund a project to do anything awesome. Another will even help out local business owners by providing grant funding to pay for building renovations and business upgrades. If you live in San Antonio, check out these sources of local grants only available around the Alamo City.

Artist Foundation of San Antonio
This arts focused foundation is now in its eighth year and has already provided almost a half a million in individual arts funding to local artists. Grants are issued annually across four categories of art. These are performing arts, visual arts, media arts and literary arts. Each individual artist picked to receive an award is given $5,000 to fund the creation of new work. To apply, you must reside within Bexar County. Applications are accepted online. The yearly grant cycle runs from September to November each Fall. And the organization even hosts an application workshop to help local artists fully understand the grantmaking process. For more information, send an email to

Awesome Foundation San Antonio
The San Antonio chapter of the Awesome Foundation got its ball rolling with a single tweet from Claudia Loya in May 2012 and was very quickly established to offer monthly $1,000 grants to fund awesome projects around the local area. Every month the group picks one project proposed by San Antonians and provides the small mini-grant to push the project in the right direction. In the short lifespan of the local chapter, it has funded an effort to recycle used bikes to be given to underprivileged kids and even helped Madison High School students build a solar-powered car. This localized crowd funding idea raises this money from members of Awesome San Antonio and puts it to work on interesting projects of all types around the city. To apply for an awesome grant, visit the international Awesome Foundation website to fill out this application and remember to select San Antonio as the city you wish to apply for. Want to get involved with the foundation itself? Visit Awesome San Antonio’s Facebook page for more information.

Impact San Antonio
This foundation is a local women’s organization founded in 2004 with a goal of giving to area non-profit organizations and causes. Since issuing its first grant, Impact San Antonio has provided over $1 million in funding in the San Antonio area. Members of the organization themselves kick in $1,000 a piece yearly contributions to group grantmaking and every dollar raised is issued in the form of grants. Impact SA issues at least one $100,000 grant every year to an area non-profit. Applications are accepted for groups focusing on arts and culture, education, family, the environment, recreation, preservation or health and wellness. Last year, Impact SA issued three $100,000 grants. To apply, you must be a non-profit organization and hold 501c3 status with the IRS. Your group must serve Bexar, Atascosa, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina or Wilson Counties. Applications are accepted between February 1 and March 31 each year. For more information, contact President Ann Parker by calling 210-617-3280.

SAGE Store-Front Grant Program
SAGE stands for San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside. This non-profit organization was founded in 2008 with a mission of creating economic development and revitalization on the city’s Eastside. It offers its grants to business owners located in the area to fund business upgrades and renovation projects. Funding is offered through a matching grant of up to $20,000 each. To apply, you must own the property where your business is housed. And at least half of each grant must be spent on outside building renovation. The other half can be used to fund interior renovation or equipment and technology upgrades. SAGE has already awarded 23 of these store-front grants to Eastside business owners. To apply, fill out this application and return it to SAGE. For information, call 210-248-9178.

San Antonio Area Foundation
This local foundation was created in 1964 by the Goldsmith family of area philanthropists and has supported community causes for almost 50 years. Grants are offered to San Antonio area non-profit organizations for a variety of uses. These include biomedical research, community projects and general funding for non-profit groups. The grants process is competitive and deadlines vary depending on which grant is being offered. To apply for any grant, you’ll need to create an account with the area foundation. In addition to non-profit grants, the foundation also provides a large number of local scholarships for San Antonio students. The foundation maintains over 80 funds that provide these scholarships. Deadlines vary per scholarship but occur between February and March. For more information about currently open grant cycles or scholarship opportunities, visit the foundation’s website. Or you can send an email to or call 210-225-2243.

San Antonio Conservation Society
Grants provided by the San Antonio Conservation Society go to fund restoration efforts of residential and commercial properties built before 1930. Application are accepted annually between August 1 and September 27 and funding decisions are made and announced by the beginning of December. In addition to these historic preservation grants, the society also offers grantmaking for educational programs that focus on preservation of the area’s historic buildings. The application process and grant cycle for these educational grants are handled in conjunction with the other grants. For more information about either grant program, contact the Conservation Society by email at or by calling 210-224-6163.

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