What the San Angelo Health Foundation is Funding in West-Central Texas

With a strict focus on San Angelo and the Concho Valley, the San Angelo Health Foundation (SAHF) is based in west-central Texas, beyond Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. This local and specialized grantmaker funds community health issues in the broadest way possible. So if your Southwest nonprofit fits within these parameters, read on, because these are the key things you should know about SAHF.

By the Numbers

In 2013, for example, SAHF awarded over $2 million in grants, which was spread across 25 local nonprofit organizations. That year, the foundation also reported just over $61 million in total assets.

Over the past 20 years, it has awarded at least $45.38 million in grants to 199 Concho Valley organizations. Foundation grants range from as a small as $1,000 to as large as $1.75 million; however, the average grant award is around $83K.

Top Funding Causes

SAHF is committed to new health programs and facilities in the Concho Valley, and these are some of the most common causes it supports. 

  • Medical equipment for critical access hospitals in rural Texas
  • Day care for developmentally delayed children and mental health facilities
  • Educational institutions that provide options for new careers
  • Housing with supportive services for handicapped individuals
  • Improved emergency services and equipment for volunteer firefighters
  • Assistance to Christian-based organizations for youth programs and needy families 

Recent Grantees

The foundation recently made local headlines by awarding $485,211 to local nonprofits in its most recent grant cycle. SAHF awarded the Irion County Volunteer Fire Department a grant of $95,000 to help it buy a much-needed rescue truck. Five other local nonprofits received grants too, including the Adult Enrichment Center, which received $79,489 for technology and facility repairs, and the Cook Children’s Health Foundation, which received $186,700 for medical equipment and service expansion.

Vehicular assistance is a common theme in SAHF grantmaking, and recent grants went toward nonprofits acquiring a small brush truck, passenger vans, and a sheriff crisis intervention unit vehicle. For a list of more representative grantees, check out the foundation’s Recent Foundation Grants page.

The Application Process

Fortunately for local grantseekers, SAHF does accept unsolicited proposals, and nonprofits are encouraged to submit one at least three or four months before the funds are needed. Take a look at the How to Apply section of the foundation website to learn more. Although there are no submission deadlines, proposals are reviewed four times a year, and final decisions are made in March, June, September and December.

The foundation is run by a small staff of two (President Tom Early and VP of Operations Deborah Watson); however, there are quite a few trustees and officers who will be making the final decisions about new grantees. Tom Early can be reached at tomearly@sahfoundation.org, and the foundation’s general phone number is 325-486-0185.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP's full profile of the San Angelo Health Foundation