Impact Austin combines annual $1000 donations from members and gives multiple high-impact grants each June to local, worthy causes selected by our members. See the Impact made through our members’ generous support over the years.

Impact Austin’s funding cycle runs from July 1 of the current year to June 30 of the following year. In each funding year, we collect member contributions through December and early in January, announce the exact amount of money to be available in the funding year. We solicit proposals in the fall, evaluate them January through May and award the grants in June. We do not accept grant requests past our early January Letter of Inquiry deadline.

Please go to the application process page for instructions for our next grant cycle.  

Impact Austin has a new grants management system for the upcoming 2015 funding cycle.  Please create an AGENCY PROFILE to include your organization in future communications. Your contact email and password will allow you to enter the system for Letter of Inquiry (LOI) input.

You can download a complete copy of the grant guidelines, which includes information on eligibility and the review process: 
Download grant guidelines

Impact Austin’s members serve on committees that evaluate the grant proposals. The committees select two finalists in each of our five focus areas. In June, we invite all members to cast a vote for the winning grant recipients.

Eligibility

To qualify for an Impact Austin grant, an organization must be classified as a “public charity” with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

In addition, the organization’s proposal must:

  • Outline a project or program that targets a specific population for a specific duration and with specific measurable goals to be achieved.
  • Provide services in Travis, Hays, Bastrop and/or Williamson counties, Texas.
  • Use the full amount of Impact Austin’s available grant.
  • Plan to expend the grant funds within 24 months.

Our guidelines continue to evolve, and Impact Austin reserves the right to change its criteria without prior notice at any time.

Each grant applicant must select only one focus area under which it wishes to be considered. Impact Austin does not provide guidance as to which focus area is appropriate.

Focus Areas

Culture

Programs and projects that cultivate, develop, educate and improve the cultural climate in the Greater Austin area.

Education

Programs and projects that further the ability to educate and improve education in the Greater Austin area.

Environment

Programs and projects that seek to 1) improve, enhance or restore the surroundings and promote conservation of our natural resources in the Greater Austin area, 2) promote the protection and welfare of animals and 3) encourage research, public awareness and education relating to the environment and animals.

Family

Programs and projects that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in the Greater Austin area.

Health and wellness

Programs and projects that positively impact the mental or physical health and wellness of the people in the Greater Austin area.

Each grant applicant must select only one focus area under which it wishes to be considered. Impact Austin does not provide guidance as to which focus area is appropriate.