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IMPACT AUSTIN GRANTMAKING

Impact Austin combines donations from its members to award multiple grants each year to local, worthy causes selected by our members. In November 2020, Impact Austin will award the Social Innovation Grant.

In 2021, Impact Austin is introducing a streamlined grant process.

Impact Austin invites nonprofits to request funding for programs, capacity building initiatives, or both, in four focus areas: Community, Education, Equity, and Health & Well-Being. All categories will support applications from single organizations or collaborative groups of organizations. We will have two grant cycles per year, spring and fall, and two focus areas per cycle, as detailed below. Grant amounts will be based on membership levels and announced at the start of each grant cycle.

For more information, view our blog post "Introducing a Streamlined Grants Process".

 
2021 GRANTS SUMMARY

Grants

Description

Award Date

Girls Giving Grants*

To improve the lives of youth in the community

April 2021

Community Grant

To enhance economic, social, environmental or cultural initiatives

June 2021

Education Grant

To enhance education and learning

June 2021

Equity Grant

To advance equity for women and/or girls of color

November 2021

Health & Well-Being Grant

To strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families, or positively impact the mental or physical health and wellness of people

November 2021

APPLY FOR GRANTS

Thank you for your interest in applying for an Impact Austin grant.

* For a Girls Giving Grants Grant, visit apply for g3 grants

 

Before you begin, please carefully review the Eligibility Guidelines, Grants Calendar, and Application Process summarized below and explained with more detail in the Impact Austin Grant Application GuidelinesOnce you are ready, create or update your Agency Profile in our online Grants Management System. If you are not sure if you already have an Agency Profile,  please contact us to verify your EIN.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

Grant Eligibility Guidelines


The organization submitting an application must be a public charity (not private foundation) with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Applicants applying as a collaborative must identify one lead organization to submit the application, and that organization must meet the eligibility guidelines.

A proposal must:

  • Provide services in Bastrop, Hays, Travis, and/or Williamson counties, Texas
  • Plan to expend the grant funds within 24 months
  • Use the entire grant amount (no partial grants)
  • Identify the focus area for the application (Community, Education, Equity, Health & Well-Being). Impact Austin does not provide guidance as to which focus area is appropriate.

A proposal can:

  • Support initiatives: existing initiatives, expansion of initiatives, or new initiatives that target a specific population, last for a specific duration, and aim to achieve specific, measurable goals; and/or
  • Support capacity: strengthen or grow a nonprofit organization to improve its future performance, impact, and sustainability in support of its mission and vision, producing measurable results for the organization by the end of the grant period.

Please review the more detailed Eligibility section in the Impact Austin Grant Application Guidelines before submitting your application. Impact Austin has the right to reassess the eligibility guidelines at any time.





GRANTS CALENDAR

SPRING 2021 GRANTS


  • 01/06/2021 - Impact Austin 2021 Nonprofit Workshop
  • 01/11/2021 - Grant applications open for submission
  • 02/09/2021 - Grant applications close at 5:00 PM
  • 03/11/2021 - Initial grant review decisions communicated
  • 04/08/2021 - Semifinalist decisions communicated
  • 04/22/2021-04/24/2021 - Site visits
  • 05/06/2021 - Finalist decisions communicated; all other applicants declined by this date
  • 05/10/2021 - Finalist training
  • 05/19/2021 - Finalist reports distributed to members
  • 06/07/2021 - Impact Austin Annual Meeting; announce Community Partners
  • 07/01/2021 - Spring grant awards issued




FALL 2021 GRANTS


  • 06/30/2021 - Impact Austin 2021 Nonprofit Workshop
  • 07/08/2021 - Grant applications open for submission
  • 08/03/2021 - Grant applications close at 5:00 PM
  • 09/02/2021 - Initial grant review decisions communicated
  • 09/23/2021 - Semifinalist decisions communicated
  • 10/07/2021-10/09/2021 - Site visits
  • 10/21/2021 - Finalist decisions communicated; all other applicants declined by this date
  • 10/25/2021 - Finalist training
  • 11/04/2021 - Finalist reports distributed to members
  • 11/16/2021 - Impact Austin Town Hall Meeting; announce Community Partners
  • 12/01/2021 - Fall grant awards issued




Mark your calendars!


Impact Austin's Grants Calendar highlights important dates including: information and training sessions, application deadlines, key tasks, communications, and events. You'll also find the Grants Calendar in the Impact Austin Grant Application Guidelines.





APPLICATION PROCESS

1. Submit Grant Application


Organizations must submit the grant application online via the Impact Austin Grant Management System by the submission deadline, including supplemental documents.

Please review the Impact Austin Grant Application Guidelines for all necessary details, including application process, deadlines, and required documents.

When you are ready to complete your grant application, please access the Grants Management System.

Applicants receive an email acknowledgement when the submission is complete. Impact Austin Grant Review Committee members evaluate all grant applications, select about six organizations in each focus area for further review, then select three to four semifinalists to participate in site visits. Applicants are notified at each stage.

Impact Austin reserves the right to reject an application for any reason, including a missed deadline or incomplete information.




3. Attend Impact Austin Annual Meeting (Spring) or Town Hall (Fall)


Impact Austin sends information about each finalist to all Impact Austin members. We invite representatives from each finalist organization to make a five-minute presentation to the membership regarding your organization and the proposed initiative. Impact Austin members then vote to select grant recipients in each focus area.

Finalists participate in the Impact Austin Annual Meeting (Spring) or Town Hall (Fall) to be recognized for their grant awards. The format of the presentations and award meetings (in person or virtual) will be determined closer to the meeting dates.




2. Conduct a Site Visit


Impact Austin uses site visits with semifinalists to complete a general due diligence review, and to investigate and resolve any remaining questions regarding the organization or the proposed initiative. The visits may be conducted virtually or in person; the format and required attendees will be communicated to semifinalists when they are selected.

Following the site visit, Grant Review Committee members select and notify two finalists.





RESOURCES

Important documents and resources have been consolidated in the list below for reference.


​ If you have questions, please email us at grants@impactaustin.org.





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