Selected Additional Areas of Funding in 2014
Described in the following paragraphs are six areas of funding by the Foundation. We recognize these grantees as examples of the good work being done in many nonprofit agencies serving our communities. See the "Awarded Grants" section of this Website for a complete listing of Foundation Grants.
Grants Funding Services for Persons with Disabilities
Agencies serving persons with disabilities were awarded 22 grants in 2014 for a total of $1,515,000. Of that, $350,000 was awarded to agencies serving individuals with multiple disabilities.
A $225,000 grant was awarded to TEAMability to maintain access to care for its minimally responsive, unfunded clients. Children with severe combined disabilities typically have limited speech, difficulty with mobility, hearing impairment, cognitive difficulties and extensive medical issues. Despite these barriers, these children have the ability to learn primitive skills that will help with functional and social skills. These children, at the lowest level of functionality, are not served with consistent eligibility for typical benefits because they do not appear to make progress toward stated goals over time. If it were not for TEAMability, their needs could not be served.
Kinetic Kids received a $50,000 operations grant. This organization offers 107 programs that are specially designed for special needs children with all levels of mobility and cognitive skills. Each activity is designed and facilitated by physical, occupational and/or speech therapists that are aware of the needs and limitations of these children and are able to foster courage, confidence, self-esteem, pride, and joy. Programs include T-ball, swimming, cheerleading, dance, gymnastics, basketball, golf, skiing, soccer, wheel chair sports, bike camp, cross fit, wrestling, outdoors explorers, art, music and more. Many disabled children are left out of conventional programs due to their physical disabilities. Sports and recreation programs geared towards this population will improve the participant's strength, coordination and flexibility, and help ward off secondary conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis or cardiovascular disease. Participating children often show improvements in health, behavior, academics and social interaction.
The Foundation awarded a $70,000 grant to HandsOn. This program is a 24 hour per day/7 days per week program for adults who are deaf, blind and have one other disability that affects independent functioning. Services include assisted living, nursing service, case management, behavior support, environmental accessibility, physical therapy, occupational therapy, intervener services and mobility assessment and training. Individualized training is provided for each client to enhance the skills in the areas of communication, personal care, daily living skills and recreation. Sensory stimulation is provided through arts and crafts, massage and touches therapy, exercise and play activities. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment possible while promoting the safety, care and welfare of the client. Most clients will come to this agency and will remain for the duration of their life.
Grants Funding Prevention of Child Abuse
In addition to the Precious Minds, New Connections Initiative, in 2014 the Foundation awarded $1,415,000 in grants to 20 agencies focused on prevention of child abuse.
Residential and treatment programs for abused women and children were awarded $750,000.
Child Advocates organizations serving all four Counties were provided operating and program funding totaling $300,000.
Avance-San Antonio, Inc. was awarded $213,500 to help fund the parenting education portion of its Parent-Child Education Program.
Grants Funding Services Related to Illnesses
Services for persons with illnesses were a major funding area in 2014. A total of $2.2 million of grants were awarded to 18 organizations.
The largest single funding area was $500,000 for Diabetes – Obesity Prevention, with grants to San Antonio Food Bank, San Antonio Sports Foundation, and YMCA of San Antonio & the Hill Country.
Autism diagnosis and treatment programs were funded with $425,000, including a facilities grant in the amount of $250,000 to Autism Treatment Center and $175,000 to Any Baby Can of San Antonio for program costs.
Community health centers in all four counties were awarded a total of $425,000 including a $100,000 operations grant for San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic, which is a part of San Antonio’s Haven for Hope program. The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic in Bandera County also received $100,000. This clinic served 640 unduplicated patients with 3,396 patient visits in 2014, all of whom were Bandera County residents who do not have medical insurance and have a family income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The prescription assistance program of Any Baby Can of San Antonio, serving residents of Comal County and Bexar County, received $196,655.
Funding for substance abuse prevention and treatment totaled $300,000. This included $100,000 to Rise Recovery which offers programs that address the needs of chemically dependent youths and young adults. Programs include individual and group counseling, peer group meetings, leadership training, retreats, community service projects and chemical-free social events and activities. The agency also has programs that address the needs of the entire family. The reduction of substance abuse among young people is most successful when programs are available that educate the family about the disease and helps members of a family to function better as individuals and as a family unit. Programs are offered at the agency's two locations and at eight donated spaces throughout the community. The agency also has an outreach program that provides recovery meetings, educational workshops and presentations to local schools and the community. All services are provided free of charge.
Grants Funding Elderly Services
Agencies serving the elderly were provided funding in 2014 totaling $1,122,000.
Facilities grants were awarded to Sarah Roberts French Home in the amount of $40,000 and the Bulverde Senior Center in Comal County in the amount of $82,000.
Grants of $442,000 were awarded to senior centers in Bandera, Boerne, Bulverde, and New Braunfels for general operations primarily for Meals on Wheels and related nutritional services. Additional nutrition services for the elderly were funded in Bexar and Comal counties for a total of $400,000.
Grants Funding Character Development of Youth
Ten agencies serving youth in all four counties were awarded $976,000 in grants.
Alamo Area Council Boy Scouts of America
received a $500,000 facilities grant in support of construction of the Mays Family Scout Ranch to provide quality outdoor experiences to youth from the south, west and east side of San Antonio. Boys & Girls Clubs
in Boerne, Comfort and Bandera, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Texas
received $275,000 in total grants in 2014.
Grants Funding Arts and Culture
Arts funding in 2014 was a total of $3.6 million for 23 organizations in Bexar and Kendall Counties.
The Comfort Public Library was awarded a $100,000 facilities grant, and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation was supported with a $100,000 grant for equipment. The San Antonio Symphony and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center were each awarded $265,000 and $250,000, respectively, in support of their operations. A $1 million facilities grant was awarded to The Witte Museum for the expansion of the museum.