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Impact San Antonio (SA) Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits for Community Projects
that Improve the Local Quality of Life

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Impact San Antonio (SA)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

06/12/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for community projects in the areas of education, preservation, recreation, environment, arts and culture, family, and health and wellness. Applicants must submit a preliminary questionnaire prior to applying. Projects must primarily serve residents located within Impact San Antonio’s Service Area, which includes Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson Counties.

The project must be one of the following: (1) a new program; (2) expansion of an existing program; (3) sustenance of an existing program whose original budgeted funding was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis; (4) a capital investment or construction project; or (5) funding to defray unexpected and unbudgeted COVID-19 crisis-related expenses.

Project should:

  • Address a critical need in one or more of the five focus areas
  • Improve the quality of life for people in the Service Area
  • Benefit either a large population or a smaller population in a major way
  • Result in compelling and measurable outcomes

Impact San Antonio’s five focus areas are:

  • Arts & Culture: Programs and projects that cultivate, develop, educate and improve the cultural and artistic climate
  • Education: Programs and projects that advance learning opportunities, increase educational access and improve education
  • Environment, Recreation & Preservation: Programs and projects that improve, restore, conserve, revitalize or enhance the facilities, surroundings and natural environment
  • Family: Programs and projects that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families
  • Health & Wellness: Programs and projects that positively impact the mental or physical health and wellness of people

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180856

Number of Grants:

During each annual grant cycle, Impact San Antonio will award as many High Impact grants as its membership level will allow.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Request for funding must not be for less than $75,000.

All finalists that are not chosen to receive a High Impact grant will receive a Support grant, the amount of which will be the same for all Support grants awarded in a particular year. Support grant amounts vary each year depending on the final membership total, but will never be less than $2,500, and will likely never be greater than $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Project must be able to be completed by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Criteria:

- Applicant must be recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. Provisional status is not adequate.
- Applicant must have either its primary, or significant existing, operations within Impact San Antonio’s “Service Area” (Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson counties in Texas).

Applicant Disqualifications:

Applicant must not engage in:

- Politically partisan activities.
- Political lobbying (except for advocacy activities that educate policymakers and the public about broad social issues).
- Supporting or opposing any candidate for public office.

Applicant must not be:

- A labor or fraternal organization, athletic or social club or association.
- An organization whose primary purpose is to redistribute funds to other organizations or individual however, subject to additional limitations and requirements, we will consider applications from:
– a “Supporting Organization” applying on behalf of its supported organization
– a “Fiscal Sponsor” applying on behalf of a sponsored program or organization

Project may not do any of the following:

- Require belief in or participation in activities of a particular faith, denomination or religion in order to benefit from or receive services in connection with the Project
- Limit benefits to those who have particular religious beliefs or practices
- Make the receipt of benefits or services from the project dependent on the recipient being required to participate in a proselytizing activity

Request Disqualifications:

- Must not be a request for less than $75,000
- Must not be a request for an endowment
- Must not be a request for a scholarship
- Must not be a request for funds to be used for a political purpose

Pre-proposal Conference:

Taking into account new COVID-19 precautions, Impact SA is working to finalize this year’s Agency Training session – please check back on the URL for Full Text link below soon for more information. Agencies that are already registered in our Grant Management System will be automatically notified once details have been set.

Please know that the 2020 Agency Training session will be conducted remotely via ZOOM Conference. Given ZOOM Conference capacity limitations, the session will be limited to the first 100 participants. So we are asking that only one (1) representative from an agency register.

While participating in the online session is not a requirement, it is highly recommended especially given the process changes being implemented this year.

Pre-Application Information:

Two-Step Submission Windows

Beginning with the 2020 grant cycle, we are adopting a Two-Step application process. The submission windows for each step are as follows:

- Step 1 – Organizational Questionnaire
May 1, 8AM – May 15, 5:00 PM
- Step 2 – Project Application
May 18, 8AM – June 12, 5:00 PM

The Organizational Questionnaire is a required prerequisite for 2020. Qualified agencies who meet the Step 1 deadline will be notified of their readiness results no later than end of day May 10 in advance of the Project Application window opening.

Before you apply, make sure your agency information is updated and accurate on

Grant criteria:

FAQs about grants:

For links to Foundant tutorials, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

General questions about the application process:
Jerri Abrams or BJ Mamuzic

Questions about either financial management questions on the Organizational Questionnaire or the Project Budget (on the Project Application):
Melissa Moran

Impact San Antonio Foundation, Inc.
7970 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 101-369
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 617-3280

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