Please check back in September 2019 for more information about applying for the 2020 program grants. If you have any questions, please email us HERE.
Impact Austin combines annual $1250 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 2019, Impact Austin will award one catalyst grant and program grants in three focus areas: Community, Education, and Health and Well-Being.
Additionally, in 2019, Impact Austin will award its first Social Innovation Grant on a fall timeline; we will accept proposals in August-September, evaluate the applicants in September-October and award the grant in November.
Nonprofit organizations may apply for only one type of grant (Program or Catalyst) per year, and may also apply for the Social Innovation Grant in the same 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:
To review our 2018 Nonprofit Workshop presentation visit:
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.
Organizations who have been awarded an Impact Austin grant (program or catalyst) may not reapply for the following two years. For example, 2016 winners may not reapply until the 2019 grant cycle; 2017 winners must wait until the 2020 grant cycle to reapply.
In addition, the organization’s proposal for a program grant must:
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.
Catalyst Grant Eligibility
All past Impact Austin finalists and community partners are eligible to apply for a catalyst grant.
In addition, other nonprofits are eligible to apply for a catalyst grant, if they meet the following criteria:
The following rules apply to all catalyst grant applications:
Economic, social, environmental, or cultural enrichment programs and projects in the Greater Austin area.
Programs and projects that further the ability to educate and/or improve education in the Greater Austin area.
Programs and projects which strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families, or positively impact the mental or physical health and wellness of people in the Greater Austin area.
The Social Innovation Grant will fund a high-impact grant for a collaborative focused on advancing equity for women and girls of color in the Greater Austin Area.
A catalyst grant provides funding for the purpose of strengthening or growing a nonprofit organization in order to improve its future performance, impact and sustainability, all in support of its mission and vision.