In 1967, the King William Association was chartered as a non-profit corporation to preserve the oldest historic district in the state of Texas and to promote the unique cultural heritage of San Antonio. To further that mission, the Association hosted its first Fair in 1968. Since then, the Fair has grown from a one-block arts exhibit to a major Fiesta event. Through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of Fair-goers, the Fair raises funds for arts, education, and community improvements.
Through the King William Fair proceeds, the King William Association has donated close to $700,000 in grants and scholarships since 2001.
In 2016, grant and scholarship funds of $86,788 went to:
- Jump-Start Performance Co.
- SAY Sí
- Blue Star Contemporary Arts
- PTA program benefitting Bonham Academy
- Page Middle School Band and Choir
- Brackenridge High School Drama Society
- Friends of Bonham Robotics Program
- SAISD- Brackenridge High School Lacrosse
- The Cannoli Fund for Dogs and Cats
- Alamo Colleges scholarships
In addition, funds from the Fair support these neighborhood activities:
- Sidewalk replacement program
- Presented four Cultural Art workshops
- Tree planting program
- Graffiti abatement
- Hired intern to research historic houses
- Creation and printing of a new walking tour brochure
- Community Free Concert Series