Shield-Ayres Foundation Grant

Shield-Ayres Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately US $10,000

Next deadline: Aug 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Feb 15, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Bexar County, Travis County

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Shield-Ayres Foundation strengthens organizations that effectively meet the basic human needs of the most vulnerable members of our community, provide access to educational opportunity and the arts, advocate for social justice, and promote land and water conservation.

Funding Priorities

Health and Human Services

We embrace a sense of shared humanity and equality; in response, we support programs serving vulnerable populations that address the complexity of human need by:

  • Providing access to services that fulfill basic needs
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Shelter
    • Financial and legal assistance
    • Mental and physical healthcare
  • Building self-reliance
  • Fostering faith and spirituality
  • Advocating for public policy initiatives to support social justice


We are keenly aware of the impact of growth and development on our environment; in response, we support programs that work in the following areas:

  • Land and water conservation
  • Endangered species protection
  • Environmental education
  • Access to natural spaces
  • Advocacy for public policy initiatives to support environmental stewardship

Education and Arts

We recognize the potential of education and the arts to empower, enrich, and transform lives; in response, we support programs that focus on providing underserved populations with educational opportunities or access to the arts.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Shield-Ayres Foundation funds organizations with programs that serve the communities of Bexar and Travis counties in Central Texas.
  • Within our environmental focus area, the Foundation focuses on the Edwards Plateau, the Gulf Coast, and the Trans Pecos regions of Texas.
    • We also consider requests from conservation organizations working statewide in the areas of education and public policy.
  • Organizations are eligible to apply to the Shield-Ayres Foundation once in a twelve-month period, regardless of the approval status of the organization’s last application.
  • Organizations are eligible to receive grants from the Shield-Ayres Foundation for up to three consecutive years.
  • The Foundation will consider multi-year commitments of up to three years.
    • In order to be considered for multi-year funding, the case for multi-year funding should be made clearly in the proposal.
    • We typically do not consider multi-year funding for organizations that we are funding for the first time.
  • The Foundation considers grants for the following expenses:
    • capital campaign,
    • endowment,
    • program,
    • capacity building, or
    • unrestricted operating expenses.


  • programs that focus primarily in Austin, San Antonio


  • The Foundation generally does not fund unsolicited requests for the following:
    • Animal welfare programs
    • Therapeutic animal programs
    • Private primary or secondary schools
    • Universities – The exception to this are university-sponsored programs that align with one of the Foundation’s funding priorities other than access to education. Prior to submitting an LOI, prospective university applicants must contact the Foundation with a brief summary of their proposal to confirm alignment
  • The Foundation does not lend or grant money to individuals.
  • The Foundation does not make grants intended to support candidates for political office.
  • The Foundation does not grant money to private foundations.