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Grant for Technology Opportunities Program (GTOPs) Mini

Grants to Texas Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to
Address Technology and Internet Usage Needs

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Austin

Deadline Date:

06/30/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to address technology and internet usage needs. Funding is intended for initiatives to increase the knowledge, skills, and usage of digital and communications technology, as well as to increase access to and usage of the internet, particularly in under-served segments of the community. Eligible applicants are located in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction.

GTOPs Mini is a client-serving, project-oriented mini-grant that provides a low-barrier-to-entry funding opportunity to small, Austin area non-profits. GTOPs Mini supports programming that increases access to technology, provides digital/technology training, and/or increases access to the internet.

For information on allowable costs, see http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Telecommunications/DigitalInclusion/GTOPs_Base_AGREEMENT_Final_2019_Approved_Version.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148569

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$50,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $5,000 to $10,000

Term of Contract:

The Agreement shall be in effect for a term of twelve months, unless extended by written amendment executed prior to the end of the initial term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
- Applicant must be an incorporated, tax-exempt organization in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction
- Applicant must have the ability to comply with City purchasing requirements to ensure eligibility for receipt of funds.
- Funds are only available to organizations with organizational revenues under $1,000,000 per year

The following types of expenses are specifically not allowable with City funds under this Agreement:
1. Alcoholic beverages
2. Bad debts
3. Compensation of trustees, directors, officers, or advisory board members, other than those acting in an executive capacity
4. Contingency provisions (funds). (Self-insurance reserves and pension funds are allowable.)
5. Defense and prosecution of criminal and civil proceedings, claims, appeals and patent infringement
6. Deferred costs
7. Depreciation
8. Donations and contributions including donated goods or space
9. Entertainment costs, other than expenses related to client incentives
10. Fines and penalties (including late fees)
11. Fundraising and development costs
12. Goods or services for officers’ or employees’ personal use
13. Housing and personal living expenses for organization’s officers or employees
14. Idle facilities and idle capacity
15. Litigation-related expenses (including personnel costs), except for those directly related to a program operation.
16. Lobbying or other expenses related to political activity
17. Losses on other agreements or casualty losses
18. Public relations costs, except reasonable, pre-approved advertising costs related directly to services provided under this Agreement
19. Taxes, other than payroll and other personnel-related levies
20. Travel outside of the United States of America

Pre-Application Information:

The window to submit an application June 1 to June 30.

Any applicant, who has not previously done so, must register as a new City Vendor: http://www.austintexas.gov/financeonline/vendor_connection/index.cfm

Only one application per organization will be funded per City fiscal year.

Half of the awarded amount is paid up front, with the second half of funding being awarded contingent on the organization meeting agreed-upon milestones.

GTOPs Application Guide: https://digitalinclusion.bloomfire.com/posts/4309579-gtops-applicant-guide

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://airtable.com/shrWMCVdigqOs7cvJ

For questions or comments, please contact:
Jesse Rodriguez
jesse.rodriguez@austintexas.gov
512-974-7676

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USA: Texas: Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction

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