Dentists and Patient


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 mission, priorities and efforts that are based on sound strategies.



Priorities – The Foundation will give strong consideration to programs that:

  • Address health issues of high incidence or among high-risk populations.
  • Reduce gaps in service and improve access to healthcare.
  • Eliminate disparities in health.
  • Offer educational and preventive measures to avert the development of health issues.
  • Provide services that address the needs of the medically vulnerable and consider the continuum of care.

Funding Strategies – The Foundation will give strong consideration to programs that:

  • Are based on best-practices, with measurable and practical outcome evidence.
  • Can be replicated, taken to scale, and sustainable.
  • Collaborate and partner with faith-based organizations and health agencies.
  • Share knowledge within the nonprofit community and among the greater community.
  • Seek other funding sources, so that the Foundation is not the sole full funder.

Funding Criteria

  • In order to be considered, reporting requirements from previously awarded grants must be satisfied.
  • 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 5, 2019. To be considered in 2019, an LOI must be submitted online no later than 12 noon, May 31, 2019.


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Grant Review Timeline

April 5, 2019 – The Foundation begins accepting LOIs.

May 31, 2019, Noon – Cut-off date for LOI submission for consideration in 2019.

June 24, 2019 – Review of LOIs.

June 27 – 28, 2019 – Notification sent indicating acceptance or denial of LOI.

July 26, 2019, Noon – Full applications due.

July 31 – September 20, 2019 – Review of applications, site visits conducted.

November 15, 2019 – Funding decisions finalized.

November 20 – 21, 2019 – Notification sent on funding decision.

December 10, 2019 – Grant Awards Ceremony.

For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

2 Corinthians 8:3 (NIV)