IMPORTANT: 2019 Social Innovation Grant Quick links

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:

  • 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.

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 organization has an annual operating budget of $250,000 or greater
  • The organization has at least two full time equivalent staff.
  • The organization has been in continuous operation as an independent entity for at least five years.

The following rules apply to all catalyst grant applications:

  • The organization has tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
  • The organization can produce an audited financial statement prepared within the last 24 months.
  • The organization meets all eligibility requirements for an Impact Austin program grant, including geographic area served and intention to spend all grant funds within the designated period of the grant.
  • A nonprofit organization cannot apply for both a program grant and a catalyst grant in the same year. They may submit only one proposal each year.
  • An organization that has received a grant from Impact Austin may not reapply in the following two years.
  • Collaborations must identify one lead organization to submit the application.

Focus Areas for Program Grants



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.


Health and Well-Being

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. 

Social Innovation

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.

Catalyst Grant


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.