Fall Grant Review Begins
The applications are in and Grant Review Committees (GRCs) are fully staffed and operating. Fall grant review is underway! The process concludes on November 16, when Impact Austin will award four grants totaling $226, 200 at our Town Hall Meeting.
Fall Grantmaking Details
Health & Well-Being Grants are awarded to strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families and/or positively impact the mental or physical health and wellness of people.
27 members serve on this GRC, including 2 chairs and one advisor
39 applications will undergo initial review by the Health & Well-Being GRC
Equity Grants are awarded to advance equity for women and/or girls of color.
22 members serve on this GRC, including 2 chairs and one advisor
8 applications will undergo initial review by the Equity GRC
Applications advancing to the grant review stage will be identified in early September
Semi-finalist applicants will be identified in late September
Finalists will be named in late October
Voting instructions will be emailed to members in early November
Grants will be awarded November 16
The finalist in each focus area receiving the majority votes will be awarded a restricted grant of $90,500 and the other finalist will receive an unrestricted grant of $22,600.
Content to support GRC work
Our 2021 Discovery Days videos included some content helpful to all Impact Austin members, but GRC volunteers in particular. Check out these videos and their supporting blog content.
* Exploring the Impact of DEIB
A History of Race, Racism, and Philanthropy in Central Texas https://youtu.be/8NWI8P6AiQk
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in Action
* Discovering Central Texas Issues
Issues Facing Central Texas Women https://youtu.be/ObHUOmCXar4
Building a Resilient Austin https://youtu.be/O4doLmewJNs
* Philanthropy Education
Strengths-Based Investment in Low-Income Communities https://youtu.be/ZsZtvagvw08
* and more
Inspirational Takeaways from 2021 Discovery Days sessions https://www.impactaustin.org/post/inspirational-takeaways-2021-discovery-days
Embracing a DEIB Framework
Each grant cycle presents learning opportunities for Impact Austin. We are discerning about our responsibilities as grantmakers, and we maintain an active quest to work smarter, serve better, and fund more thoughtfully. Many of our processes and forms have been streamlined for lighter burden on both applicants and GRC members, and we know that we can always improve. As the fall cycle concludes, we’ll continue to evaluate and look for ways to fine-tune our grantmaking, both to benefit our nonprofit partners and to serve our members’ philanthropy education.