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As a community foundation, the San Angelo Area Foundation does not limit its discretionary grant making to a particular field or area of interest. Rather, it seeks to support the entire range of human needs in the San Angelo area. This information addresses discretionary grants which are made from the earnings of the Unrestricted Funds and the Field of Service Funds of the Foundation.

Because the Foundation's resources are limited, the Directors are required to make judgments based on relative need and potential impact. Preference is given to applications that:

  • Enable charitable agencies to perform essential services that reduce costs, increase efficiency, become more self-sufficient, and strengthen internal management capabilities.
  • Demonstrate strong volunteer involvement and broad community support and significantly strengthen the capacity of existing institutions to reach a broader segment of the community.
  • Are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups and those that promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and eliminate duplication of services.

Each year the Foundation will receive more worthy requests than can be supported. Therefore, the Directors normally will not consider:

  • A proposal from an organization that has been awarded within the past 12 months.
  • A proposal that has been declined within the last 12 months unless there has been a significant change.
  • A proposal from an organization that has not submitted a full financial report of a previous grant.

Grant Making Policies
In general, the Foundation will not grant discretionary funds to the following types of organizations or projects:

  • Political lobbying or legislative activities.
  • Establishment or enhancement of endowments.
  • Religious organizations
  • Debt retirement, deficit financing, reduction of an operating deficit or liquidation of debt, or replenishment of resources used to pay for such purposes.
  • Courtesy advertising, corporate sponsorships, benefit tickets, telephone solicitations and annual fundraising plea letters and general solicitation letters will not be acknowledged.
  • Umbrella funding organizations for distribution of the requested funds at their own discretion.
  • Organizations located outside the service area of the Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements
In general, to be eligible for funding from the Foundation, the applicant organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in compliance and in good standing, as defined in Section 509(a)(1) and/or Section 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) or Section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or affiliated with a nonprofit organization, or a governmental unit working to lessen the burden of government. Individuals are not eligible applicants.
  • Use grant funds within and for the benefit of residents and communities of the 17 counties of the San Angelo area, which are Tom Green, Crockett, Sutton, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Schleicher, Reagan, Irion, Concho, McCulloch, Runnels, Coke, Llano, San Saba, Glasscock, and Sterling

Grant Making Funding Cycles
All grant requests are accepted online. The Foundation reviews these requests twice a year for possible funding consideration. Applicants are encouraged to submit a request a minimum of three to four months prior to the time funds are needed and as early as possible. This provides the Foundation the opportunity to research your proposal and communicate any questions in a timely manner. Grant deadlines for the spring cycle is February 1st of each year, and the fall deadline is September 1st of each  year.

Grant awards are announced in mid May and mid November of each year.

To PREVIEW the list of questions and items needed to apply, click here.

To access the 2019 grant application, click here.  The current application deadline is September 1, 2019.  

Grants to Teachers-San Angelo Schools Foundation-  is a separate SAISD grant program accessed by clicking here.

For a complete list of grants made by the Foundation, please click here.