San Angelo Health Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: You might think this funder is health-exclusive, but it actually awards grants for education, research, arts, social services, and the environment. All grantmaking is focused on San Angelo and the Concho Valley.

FUNDING AREAS: Community health, education, public health, scientific research, the arts, social services, and the environment

IP TAKE: Pitch a proposal for medical equipment, facility repairs, or vehicular assistance, because quite a few grants have been awarded for these purposes in the Concho Valley lately.

PROFILE: The San Angelo Health Foundation is focused on community health in San Angelo and the Concho Valley. However, this funder regularly supports a variety of causes, including education, public health, scientific research, the arts, social services, and the environment.

This health conversion foundation was established in 1995 and has reported net assets of over $60 million in recent years. Also in recent years, the foundation has awarded over $3 million grants annually to around 25 to 30 local nonprofits. This funder provides a wide range of grants, and most fall between $1,000 and $1.75 million. The average grant award is about $83,000.

Common areas of support include the operation of programs to provide charitable assistance and training and educational support for the promotion of general physical and mental health. Both underserved communities and the general population are targets for these programs. Grantmaking exclusions are political groups, religious efforts, individuals, debts, repeat funding for the same program, and fundraisers.

Past representative grantees include the Children’s Emergency Shelter, West Texas Boys Ranch, Rust Street Ministries, the San Angelo Fire Department’s first responders, Menard County Hospital District, Howard College, Angelo State University, the Performing Arts Council, and the Art Museum. You can view a full list of past grantees on the foundation website.

The foundation is run by a staff of two, a president and a vice president of operations. There four officers and a few trustees and advisory trustees at the foundation too. Grants are considered four times per year, and grant decisions are made in March, June, September, and December. There are no deadlines, but it’s a good idea to submit a proposal at least three to four months before the funding is needed.

It does not appear that an electronic submission system is in place here, so grant applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 3550, San Angelo, Texas, 76902-3550. General inquiries can be directed to the staff via email at tomearly@sahfoundation.org and dwatson@sahfoundation.org or by phone at 325-486-0185.

Interestingly, the San Angelo Health Foundation (a private foundation) launched the San Angelo Area Foundation (a community foundation) in 2002. SAAF’s goal is to attract and manage endowed gifts to match donations with community needs. SAAF has reported over $110 million in assets in recent years, and most funds are created as an endowment at the San Angelo Area Foundation. According to SAAF’s website, more than 5,000 donors have contributed to more than 280 funds since inception. It has received more than $150 million in gifts and granted over $60 million in grants. These grants are awarded in 17 Texas counties: Tom Green, Crockett, Sutton, Kimble, Mason, Llano, San Saba, Menard, Schleicher, Regan, Irion, Concho, McCulloch, Runnels, Coke, Sterling, and Glasscock.

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