Shelby Rae Tengg Foundation for Heart and Cancer Research

OVERVIEW: The Shelby Rae Tengg Foundation for Heart and Cancer Research supports medical research addressing heart disease and cancer in Bexar County, Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Medical research, heart disease research, cancer research

IP TAKE: This funder tends to award just one or two grants per year, but is very focused on its mission.

PROFILE: The Shelby Rae Tengg Foundation for Heart and Cancer Research is a private foundation in Texas. The founder’s husband was employed by Alamo Iron Works and owned numerous rental houses. Shelby Rae Tengg was engaged in her community during her lifetime and was also a member of the San Antonio Junior League. The couple lived in the Highlands area on the south side of San Antonio in a modest home, and their relatives succumbed to both heart disease and cancer. Managed by Bank of America’s Texas office, the foundation funds medical research related to heart disease and cancer.

The Shelby Rae Tengg Foundation for Heart and Cancer Research is razor focused on heart disease and cancer research. The foundation tends to fund the same organizations for multiple years.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $15,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking primarily focuses on San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas. However, the funder also considers funding cancer and heart disease causes in other parts of Texas if no organizations in Bexar County qualify for grants. Past local grantees include the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, Gencure, and the University of Texas Foundation.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is February 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about three to four months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at or 800-357-7094.


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