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To provide grants to nonprofit organizations committed to improving the quality of health and healthcare of the residents of the BHFSA service area. In particular, the Foundation will strive to support activities consistent with the Foundation’s priorities and efforts that are based on sound strategies.



Responsive Grants Priorities

  • Efforts that address health issues of high incidence in our communities.
  • The reduction of gaps in service and improving access to care.
  • The elimination of disparities in health.
  • Services that address the needs of the medically vulnerable and consider the continuum of care.

Funding Strategies-The Foundation will:

  • Seek to engage in strategic grantmaking that includes multiple funding partners to leverage funding opportunities.
  • Support efforts based on best-practices, with measurable and practical outcome evidence.
  • Give strong consideration to efforts that can be replicated and taken to scale.
  • Encourage partnerships between faith-based organizations and health agencies.
  • Address the health needs of high-risk populations in an ecumenical fashion.
  • Assist in identifying and addressing service gaps in the community.
  • Endeavor to address health issues before they develop through education and prevention measures.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing within the Foundation community, the nonprofit community, and the greater community.

Responsive Grants Funding Criteria

  • Grants must be for use within at least one of the following Texas counties:
    • Atascosa
    • Bandera
    • Bexar
    • Comal
    • Guadalupe
    • Kendall
    • Medina
    • Wilson
  • Funding is provided in support of organizations and programs that address the community’s health need.
  • Organizations must have at least one full year of operating history to be considered.
  • An organization must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) public charity to be considered for funding.
  • The Foundation will only consider one¬†application per organization per year. It is recommended that the organization submit a request for its highest funding priority.
  • The Foundation will consider applications up to $300,000. Traditionally, Responsive Grants have ranged from $25,000 to $250,000. For a smaller grant amount, please refer to the Community Impact Grants Application process.

For additional funding criteria, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.


Letter of Inquiry

The Foundation will only consider a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submitted online. No other formats will be accepted.

The LOI is a way for the Foundation to learn about an organization, its mission, and the nature of a request. Additionally, because the Foundation anticipates a large volume of requests, the LOI will help determine whether the Foundation’s present interests and funds permit consideration of the request.

The Foundation will be accepting LOIs starting April 3, 2017. To be considered in 2017, an LOI must be submitted online no later than 12 noon, May 26, 2017.


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Grant Review Timeline

April 3, 2017 – The Foundation begins accepting LOIs.

May 26, 2017, Noon – Cut-off date for LOI submission for consideration in 2017.

June 9, 2017 – Review of LOIs.

June 22-23, 2017 – Notification sent indicating acceptance or denial of LOI.

July 31, 2017, Noon – Full applications due.

July 31 – September 26, 2017 – Review of applications, site visits conducted.

November 17, 2017 – Funding decisions finalized.

December 12, 2017 – Grant Awards Ceremony.

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:19 (NIV)