San Angelo Area Foundation

OVERVIEW: The San Angelo Area Foundation supports 17 counties in the San Angelo, Texas, area. It funds many needs, including education, elderly, animal welfare, arts and culture, social services, environment, health and youth.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, elderly, animal welfare, arts and culture, social services, environment, health, youth

IP TAKE: This community foundation is open to unsolicited requests and will support nearly any nonprofit need. A good place to seek funds for equipment purchases and renovations.

PROFILE: Established in 2002, the San Angelo Area Foundation (SAAF) is based in San Angelo, Texas. The San Angelo Health Foundation launched SAAF. But unlike that private health foundation, SAAF is a community foundation with over 300 funds created by more than 5,000 donors and approximately $150 million in assets. Grantmaking interests include education, elderly, animal welfare, arts and culture, social services, environment, health, and youth.

Unlike some community foundations, this one does not restrict its discretionary grantmaking to any strict fields of interest. Discretionary grants come from SAAF’s unrestricted funds and field of service funds. These are all named funds, but grantseekers only have to apply generally to SAAF to be eligible for funding. In the past, the funder has awarded grants to the Christoval Volunteer Fire Department, the City of San Angelo, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and the Association of Asian-American Women.

Foundation grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Recent annual grantmaking exceeds $5 million. View a list of recent grants by year on the funder’s website. The San Angelo Area Foundation only supports local groups in the 17 counties of the San Angelo area: Tom Green, Crockett, Sutton, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Schleicher, Reagan, Irion, Concho, McCulloch, Runnels, Coke, Llano, San Saba, Glasscock, and Sterling.

This community funder accepts unsolicited grant applications from local nonprofits. The grantmaking process is online, and the foundation reviews requests twice per year. The funder recommends submitting requests at least three or four months prior to the time that funds are needed. The fall grant deadline typically occurs on September 1, and the spring cycle deadline is February 1. The foundation announces grants in May and November. Direct general questions to the staff at infosaaf@saafound.org or 325-947-7071.

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