FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What are the typical criteria for grant making at Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio?
If the organization is not a 501 (c)(3) (public charity), may it apply to the Foundation for support?
The Foundation supports only public charities recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and classified as 501(c)(3) designated charities.
If my organization is not based in one of the eight counties, may I still apply to the Foundation for support?
Yes, provided that funds awarded for the project or program assist or serve residents in the eight county geographic area.
Will the Foundation fund endowments?
Endowments are not funded by the Foundation.
Will the Foundation consider funding capital campaigns?
Most capital campaigns are focused on building projects also known as bricks and mortar. The Foundation does not fund building projects at this time, but will consider funding equipment and technology related to health care and related basic infrastructure to support the new equipment.
Will the Foundation consider funding general operating costs and salaries?
Yes, the Foundation will make grants to support general operating expenses, including salaries. However, the organization must be able to sustain these costs beyond the Foundation grant period.
Will the Foundation fund vehicles?
The Foundation does not fund vehicles.
Will the Foundation support the same grant request, year-after-year?
The Foundation cannot fund ongoing requests.
What is the size of the grants awarded annually? (Minimum and Maximum)
Responsive grants range from $25,000 up to $250,000. Mini-grants are $7,500 or less. It is unlikely that the Foundation will make grants in excess of $250,000.
Will the Foundation make multi-year grant awards?
The Board prefers to make single-year grant awards. At the Board's discretion, multi-year requests (2 or 3 years) may be considered but are rare.
Will the Foundation make grants to churches/congregations for projects that are restricted only to benefit those members of the church/congregation?
Projects seeking funding from the Foundation must benefit the larger community, not a single church/congregation or only members.
May an organization submit more than one request at a time?
We ask that organizations seeking funding prioritize their requests before sending proposals to the Foundation and only submit one request that they feel is most needed.
May an organization receive more than one grant?
Organizations may only submit one application per calendar year or twelve-month period. Further, organizations funded by the Foundation may not apply for a new grant until the current grant funds are expended and grant reports have been turned in to the Foundation.
Will the Foundation support the health-care needs of individuals?
The Foundation does not pay for medical or health-care needs of individuals.
Will the Foundation support requests for medical research?
The Board may fund certain types of medical research. However, these projects will be accepted only at the invitation of the Foundation.
Will the Foundation fund indirect costs (the administrative overhead involved in overseeing a project)?
Yes, the Foundation will consider paying for a reasonable amount of overhead costs as part of a larger project. This includes time spent by non-program staff (Executive Director, etc.) or other resources used. These expenses must be clearly explained in the proposal request and capped at 10%.
Will the Foundation fund individual attendance at health-related conferences and symposiums?
The Foundation may underwrite the costs of individual attendance at pre-identified health-related conferences or symposiums initiated by the Foundation.
Will the Foundation provide support for annual fund drives, galas, telethons, or similar programs?
Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot support annual fund drives or other social event activities.
Will the Foundation fund programs of religious, fraternal, athletic, or veteran groups?
The Foundation is unable to fund these groups.
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