Innovative Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities

Match Your Project to a Grant Program

NEH offers a wide variety of grant programs. We've created this list to help you zero in on the grant program that might suit the activity you have in mind. If you would like some advice about which grant program would be appropriate, an NEH program officer will be happy to talk with you. To start the process, visit this link to pick the division or office that you'd think would be most appropriate for your project and make an inquiry.

San Antonio Junior Forum


San Antonio Junior Forum awards grants to organizations that support the mission of our organization.

Applications are accepted from tax-exempt 501(c)(3) San Antonio regional organizations seeking funding of $2,500 or less for specific projects that will benefit economically, emotionally and/or physically disadvantaged individuals.

Grant recepients must submit verification in the form of receipts specifying that funds granted were utilized for the purposes for which they were granted within 12 months of the grant being issued and recognize SAJF in their public relations and marketing program.
The number of organizations funded will depend on the quantity and quality of grant applications received and reviewed. Amount granted is contingent on San Antonio Junior Forum's fundraising efforts.
Selected applicants will be notified by December 15th.


Please forward all questions or requests to: [email protected]

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants

WKKF wants all children to live a full life with high-quality, early childhood experiences, to grow up in homes with families that have stable, high-quality jobs, and to live in a community where they are nurtured. Our grantmaking supports thriving children, working families and equitable communities. And we continuously learn from our investments and recognize innovation as a catalyst for success.

  • Thriving Children: We support a healthy start and quality learning experiences for all children.
  • Working Families: We invest in efforts to help families obtain stable, high-quality jobs.
  • Equitable Communities: We want all communities to be vibrant, engaged and equitable.

Embedded within all that we do is our commitment to racial equity, to developing leaders and to engaging communities in solving their own problems. This is all part of our DNA as the Kellogg Foundation.

Snapdragon Book Foundation for Libraries


Funds to be used for:

  • Books that will be used repeatedly by school-aged children through classroom libraries, central library (or something similar)
  • Processing or cataloguing fees from book vendors (for processing of the books ordered in conjunction with your Snapdragon project)
  • Reference materials for use by students
  • Magazine or newspaper subscriptions

Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. When you apply for a grant you should ask for the amount that the project requires. At times Snapdragon is not able to fulfill the complete request, but offers a partial grant.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Dollar General

Youth Literacy Grants

Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

The open solicitation period for the 2018 Youth Literacy Grants has closed. Thank you to all who applied. The Youth Literacy Grant application will reopen in January 2019.

Pizza Hut Give me Twenty: A reading-readiness challenge for early childhood readers

To encourage early readers, each spring and fall we offer the Give Me 20 Challenge to our teachers and parents. The goal of the challenge is to build reading-readiness skills and develop an at-home reading routine over an eight-week period. The challenge is open to anyone who has a preschooler-it can be done individually or in the classroom-no restrictions.

Edgewood Education Foundation of San Antonio Innovative Grants

Edgewood Education Foundation

The Edgewood Education Foundation links community resources - time, money, services, expertise - with the needs of our schools to enhance and complement the educational mission of Edgewood ISD. The foundation builds broad-based support for educational excellence, increases the visibility and value of our school and promotes the understanding that everyone in the community is responsible for creating a quality educational system.

The Edgewood Education Foundation was formed by a group of caring and committed citizens with a vision to enhance educational opportunities and student success in Edgewood Independent School District. The foundation is a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt philanthropic organization governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of business, community, and educational leaders.

Revisit this page in the Fall of 2018 to submit an application for the 2018-19 grants cycle.

The Gordon Hartman Foundation

Gordon Hartman Foundation

Families who are caring for loved ones with cognitive and physical special needs are faced with unique difficulties and obstacles every day. In September of 2005, Gordon Hartman established a non-profit organization to help local area agencies assist these families.

The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation supports the programs, projects and collaborative efforts of Bexar County area non-profit organizations that provide direct services for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities, with a particular focus on serving children's needs in this area.

The Foundation strives to transform lives through our Four Primary Objectives:

  • Monetary Grants - Grant awards are distributed once per year to Bexar County area, Texas non-profit agencies that serve the special needs community. Agencies approved for funding are chosen by a selection committee, which reviews letters of inquiry and formal grant applications. Please refer to our Grants page for specific instructions on how to apply.
  • Resource Directory - Through our Resource Directory, the Foundation provides a simple yet effective tool for finding current information on existing services available for a wide range of disabilities. We are committed to helping you find workable solutions to your needs, so please contact our office if you need further assistance.
  • Events - The Foundation hosts a number of events for individuals with special needs and their families to attend throughout the year. These events are held at Morgan's Wonderland where participants can enjoy refreshments, music and dancing free of charge.
  • Sponsorships - The Foundation supports many events throughout the year to assist local non-profits that are involved with the special needs community in fundraising. Requests for sponsorships are reviewed outside the annual grant cycle and may be submitted anytime throughout the year for consideration.

The Najim Family Foundation

Harvey E. Najim Family FoundationEstablished in December 2006, the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation is aimed at helping children's charitable organizations in the greater San Antonio area. Mr. Najim used $75 million of the proceeds from an equity partnership transaction to initially create the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation.

In July 2010, Mr. Najim added another $7 million to the foundation in honor of his 70th birthday. In 2013, Mr. Najim added another $2 million to the foundation making the total contribution to the foundation $84 million since its inception. He has also pledged another $125 million to the foundation within 3-5 years.

Recipients of funds will include 501 (c) (3) public charities that advance children's education, children's medical treatment, and other children's charitable purposes. Grants will be awarded by the foundation's Selection Committee which consists of Mr. Najim, his two daughters and a Board of Directors.