Funding Policies


During the calendar years 2013 through 2015, the Foundation received 441 Letters of Inquiry of which 70 were declined (16%). Of the 475 proposals considered by the Foundation’s Distribution Committee, 11 were declined (2%). The median grant awarded was $60,000 in 2013 and 2014, and $50,000 in 2015. These statistics may not be representative of future decisions by the Foundation. The staff, however, expects that the process will continue to be competitive.

The Foundation is strategic in its approach to grant-making. Study the guidelines carefully to determine whether your project is clearly responsive to the Foundation's program goals. It is recommended that each applicant apply to the Foundation for its highest priority within the program goals of the Foundation.

The Foundation's largest grant in 2015 was in the amount of $1,000,000 associated with the UTSA Health Science Center in support of establishing an Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Disease. The average grant amount was $100,986, with $50,000 being the median. However, the Foundation has not established a minimum or a maximum amount for a grant proposal. The larger the grant, however, the more important the applicant's ability to obtain multiple funding sources aside from the Foundation.

The Foundation has limited the number of multi-year grant awards.

The Foundation believes that requests addressing more than one program goal, meeting the needs of more than one population, may be more effective than programs addressing only one program goal.

No, the Foundation will only consider a single Letter of Inquiry from an organization.

The GuideStar Exchange Program is an offering which allows nonprofits to upload and input a wealth of up-to-date information, much of which is currently requested by the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and other funders in their grant applications.

The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation has decided to implement this requirement for all of our grantees for the purposes of (1) increasing the transparency of nonprofit organizations in our service area and (2) reducing the paperwork associated with grant applications submitted to the Foundation.

The GuideStar Exchange Program currently provides the ability for a nonprofit to upload three years of financial statements audited or reviewed by independent auditors and three years of the Form 990 IRS annual report. (The Form 990’s will be more current since they can be uploaded when filed by the nonprofit rather than going through the IRS first). All of these uploads are required by the Foundation. For nonprofits which do not have auditor involvement, summary financial information is required. Additionally, the Foundation will look for your IRS Determination Letter in the Foundation Documents section.

Only on rare occasions will the Foundation fund an organization more than one current grant. Such an occasion would be when, in addition to receiving a grant supporting its own institutional priority, an organization may receive a grant pursuant to an initiative of the Foundation.

A program or project will be considered if the activity relates specifically to one or more of the Foundation's Program Goals regardless of the principal activity of the 501(c)(3) entity.

Each school district or university will be considered a single organization. If multiple requests are received by the Foundation, the university or school district will be expected to prioritize them. Generally, the Foundation will award no more than one grant to an organization per year.