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Impact Austin Program Grant

Grants to Austin, Texas Nonprofits for Education, Community,
and Health and Wellness Programs in Eligible Counties

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Foundation / Corporation

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Impact Austin

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Deadline Date:

02/22/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Texas nonprofits for highly effective programs in the areas of education, community, and health and wellness that benefit residents of Bastrop, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties. Applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry prior to applying. The projects must be specific, with results that are measurable.

Impact Austin will accept program grant applications in the following focus areas:

Community: Economic, social, environmental, or cultural enrichment programs and projects.

Education: Programs and projects that further the ability to educate and improve education.

Health and Well-Being: Programs and projects that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families, or that positively impact the mental or physical health and wellness of people

Each grant applicant must select only one focus area under which it wishes to be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163292

Estimated Size of Grant:

The exact grant amount in any given funding year is based on membership and will be announced after December 31st.

Term of Contract:

The grant funds must be expended within 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for an Impact Austin grant, an organization must:
- Be classified as a “public charity” with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
- Provide an IRS 501(c)(3) status approval letter at the first step of the process.

In addition, the organization’s proposal must:
- Outline a project or program that targets a specific population for a specific duration with specific measurable goals to be achieved;
- Provide services in Bastrop, Hays, Travis and/or Williamson Counties, Texas; and
- Use the full amount of Impact Austin’s available grant.

In addition, the following rules apply:
- 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.

Impact Austin will not fund the following:
- Debt reduction
- Endowments or memorials
- Bridge funding or interim financing
- Operational deficits
- Political lobbying or legislative activities
- General fund drives, annual appeals, or fundraising events
- Fraternal, sectarian and religious organizations where the grant is intended to principally benefit members/adherents or to fund inherently religious activities
- Private foundations
- Litigation/legal expenses in actions by or against the organization
- General construction or renovation (unrelated to a specific proposed project or program)
- General capital campaigns (unrelated to a specific proposed project or program)
- Advertising
- Sports teams or any sports-related activity or competition.

Pre-Application Information:

- Annual Impact Austin Nonprofit Workshop: 10/23/2018
- Letters of Inquiry submissions open: 11/12/2018
- Letters of Inquiry due: 12/12/2018 by 5:00 PM
- Announcement of available grant amounts: 01/12/2019
- Letters of Inquiry decisions communicated: 02/01/2019
- Program Grant Applications due: 02/22/2019 by 5:00 PM
- Applicants notified of selection for site visit: 03/29/2019
- Site visits to grant semifinalists: 04/11/2019 – 04/13/2019
- Grant finalists selected and notified; all other applicants declined by: 05/03/2019
- Finalists meet with Impact Austin to receive presentation instructions: 05/07/2019
- Impact Austin Annual Meeting with finalist presentations and member vote: 06/03/2019
- Grant presentations to 2018 Community Partners: TBD

Impact Austin has a four-part Program Grant Application process:

1. Letter of Inquiry: Each applicant must submit a Letter of Inquiry online via our grants management system. Impact Austin Grant Review Committee members will evaluate all of the submitted Letters of Inquiry and invite certain organizations to complete a Grant Application.

2. Grant Application: Each organization invited to complete an application must submit the Grant Application online via Impact Austin’s grant management system by the submission deadline. You will also be asked to submit various documents to
accompany the form. Impact Austin Grant Review Committee members will evaluate all Grant Applications and select semifinalists to participate in Site Visits.

3. Site Visit: Impact Austin will conduct a site visit with three to four semifinalists in each Focus Area. Site visits provide an opportunity for Impact Austin members to meet the people behind the organization requesting funding. Site visits include one-on-one interviews with selected representatives from the organization. Following the site visit, Impact Austin Grant Review Committee members will select two finalists from each Focus Area.

4. Annual Meeting: Information about each finalist will be provided to all of Impact Austin’s members. In addition, representatives from each of the finalists will be invited to attend Impact Austin’s annual meeting to provide a five-minute presentation on their organization and the proposed program or project. At the meeting, Impact Austin’s members will then vote on the finalist from each focus area, with each member casting one vote and the majority deciding the Community Partners.


Contact Information:

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

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Apply online:
(512) 335-5540

Impact Austin
P.O. Box 28148
Austin, TX 78755

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: Bastrop, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties