Guidelines & Procedures

General Information

The Boerne Area Community Foundation accepts funding requests for discretionary grants made from its Unrestricted Fund. The Foundation awards grants in a broad range of areas including:

Each proposal is evaluated on its potential value to communities in the Boerne area; the quality of planning, leadership, support, and vision expressed; the relative need for the program proposed; and the current funds available for distribution.

Eligibility

Grants are made only to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, which are serving the communities located in the Boerne area.

Limitations

The Boerne Area Community Foundation will not make more than one discretionary grant within a 12-month period from the Unrestricted Fund to the same organization. Exceptions may be made in cases when the grant is made in response to community needs identified and initiated by the Boerne Area Community Foundation.

Priority Funding

The Boerne Area Community Foundation encourages projects or programs that are likely to have a substantial impact on the quality of life of a significant number of people in the community. Requests for funds are encouraged for projects or programs that:
 
• propose practical ways to address community concerns
• encourage more effective use of community resources
• leverage other sources of support 
• are innovative, a new initiative or an enhancement of a program
• are intended to strengthen the management capabilities of agencies
• are cooperative efforts and minimize duplication of services
• promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement

Funding Restrictions

The Boerne Area Community Foundation does not award discretionary grants for:
 
• individuals
• fundraising activities or special events
• general operating expenses
• operating deficits, current indebtedness or after-the-fact support
• political organizations or campaigns
• endowment funds, except for endowment-building matching grants for funds held at the Boerne Area Community Foundation;

Grant Review Process

Upon receipt of the completed applications, the requests will go through a competitive grant review process. The evaluation process may include additional information being requested, site visits, third-party interviews, and other steps as deemed appropriate. Final decisions on all grant requests rest with the board of directors on the advice of the grant review committee recommendations. Applicants are notified in writing of the Board's decision as soon as possible after the review is completed.

Evaluating Programs/Projects

The Boerne Area Community Foundation is interested in the impact of its grant making to area non-profit organizations and the community. Full financial accounting of the expenditure of these grant funds and narrative reports on the grant-supported projects are required as a condition of the grant.

Questions

Questions regarding the grant application process should be directed to the Boerne Area Community Foundation at 830-249-6619, or email to info@boernefoundation.org.