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Frequently Asked Questions About Grants

Must an organization be a 501(c)(3) to apply for a grant?

Yes, an organization must have its 501(c)(3) status to apply.

Can an organization with provisional 501(c)(3) status apply?

No, an organization must have received its tax exemption from the IRS.

If another organization is serving as my fiscal agent, can I apply for a grant?

No, an organization must have received its tax exemption from the IRS.

Can nonprofits outside San Antonio apply for a grant?

Nonprofits located in and serving Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson counties are eligible to apply for funding.

What types of grants will Impact San Antonio fund?

Impact San Antonio will fund project grants in five focus areas serving the greater San Antonio area:

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 the people living

Nonprofit organizations may submit a grant application for a new project that has never been implemented in San Antonio (or its contiguous counties) or an expansion of an existing project (to a new service area or with new program components, participants, etc.). Applications to support ongoing operating expenses will not be considered.

What costs can be included in the project budget?

The project budget can include all of the direct costs of the project (personnel, equipment etc.). No more than 10% of the awarded amount may be used for agency overhead. Overhead includes items such as rent at existing buildings, insurance and managerial salaries.

Examples of costs that may be included in the grant:

  • Expenses directly related to the new project/program
  • Equipment
  • Construction/Renovation
  • Project/Program expansion expenses including supplies and special materials and marketing
  • Project/Program staff salary

What is the amount of the project grant?

Each year, Impact San Antonio expects to award at least three $100,000 project grants. The exact number of project grants is based on the number of members. For every 100 members, we award a $100,000 grant. The exact number of project grants will be announced shortly after our membership deadline.

Does Impact San Antonio fund operational grants?

No. Impact San Antonio does not fund operational grants.

What types of grants will Impact San Antonio not fund?

Impact San Antonio will not fund the following activities: partisan or legislative activities, political lobbying, bridge or interim financing, individual churches or other bodies of worship, or religious organizations where the sole or primary focus is proselytizing.

Must I use the Impact San Antonio grant application?

Yes, applicants must use the online Impact San Antonio grant application.

Must an organization serve only women to qualify for funding from Impact San Antonio?

No, Impact San Antonio will fund any 501(c)(3) meeting its funding criteria.

Can the Impact San Antonio grant be the sole supporter of a project?

Yes, as long as the project budget is for at least $100,000, we can be the sole supporter.  We may also participate in funding a larger project with other funders, provided there is strong likelihood that the other funders are secured.

Will all applicants receive a site visit?

No, not all agencies under consideration will receive a site visit. A site visit is not a guarantee of funding.

If my agency receives a grant, how long will we have to complete the work described in the grant application?

The nonprofit organization will have 24 months from the signing of the grant award contract to expend the project funds.

Must an organization have a financial audit to apply for funding?

While it is preferred that an applying organization have a financial audit, it is not required.  If audits are not performed annually, please prepare a statement on organization letterhead stating such.  This document can be uploaded in place of a financial audit.

When will the project grant be awarded?

The project grant will be awarded at Grant Award Night, held in late October.

How will the agencies that are awarded a grant receive the funds from Impact San Antonio?

  • To facilitate the payment process, each agency will be assigned an Impact San Antonio liaison who will monitor the progress of the program/project and serve as the counselor to the agency to answer any questions or raise concerns.
  • Once the request for funds and supporting documents are received, they will be reviewed by the liaison and the outcomes chair.  Once approved, all materials will be sent to the President and Treasurer of ISA.  After their review and approval, the Treasurer will prepare the check for delivery either through personal delivery by the liaison or through the post office.
  • Agencies do not have to expend the funds prior to requesting funds from ISA.  However, invoices, proof of progress and supporting documents will be required prior to payment.
  • Once the check is received by the appropriate person at the agency, the Transmittal Form is signed by her/him and returned to ISA.
  • When possible, the liaison takes pictures of progress if the project is a physical project and can be documented by pictures.

The IMPACT Impact SA made on the lives of the families and children at Boys Town will never be forgotten! Again thank you for your generosity! We are blessed because of each of you!
– Joyce Horner, Director of Development, Boys Town Texas
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This was a life-changing gift that has ensured we can continue to serve our clients with dignity, safety and grace.
– Dawn White, Executive Director, Christian Assistance Ministry
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