Impact Austin has a new grants management system starting in 2015. If your organization has not already done so, create an AGENCY PROFILE to include your organization in future communications.




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 submission deadlines.

In 2016, Impact Austin will award program grants in four focus areas: Culture, Education, Environment, and Family.

In 2015, we piloted a new type of grant, a catalyst grant, which provides funds for strengthening or growing a nonprofit organization in order to improve its future performance, impact and sustainability. In 2016, Impact Austin will again award a $50,000 catalyst grant. Eligibility is limited to nonprofits who have achieved Impact Austin’s grant finalist stage in a prior year.

Nonprofit organizations may apply for only one type of grant per year.

For instructions for our next program grant cycle visit:

To learn more about the catalyst grant cycle visit:

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

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


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 for a program grant 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.

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.

To qualify for an Impact Austin catalyst grant, an organization must have been a finalist for an Impact Austin grant in a past year, and:

  • Have been in continuous operation as an independent entity since the grant cycle during which it was a finalist
  • Have continuously retained 501(c)(3) status since the grant cycle during which it was a finalist
  • Can produce an audited financial statement prepared within the last two fiscal years
  • Is not a current grant recipient of Impact Austin (i.e. grant awarded either in 2014 or 2015.)
  • 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.

Focus Areas for Program Grants


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


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


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.


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.