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Impact Austin Program Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits for Programs
that Improve the Quality of Life

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Impact Austin

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Deadline Date:

08/03/21 5:00 PM Receipt - Deadline for Equity and Health & Well-Being


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations for programs and initiatives that improve the quality of life in eligible counties. Focus areas include community, education, equity, and health and well-being. Proposals may also support organizational capacity building. Programs must provide services in the counties of Bastrop, Hays, Travis, and/or Williamson.

In 2021, Impact Austin will award grants in the following categories:

  • Community Grant: To enhance economic, social, environmental or cultural initiatives
  • Education Grant: To enhance education and learning
  • Equity Grant: To advance equity for women and/or girls of color
  • Health and 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

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163292

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Two finalists will be selected in each focus area and voted upon by the members. The finalist in each focus area receiving the majority votes will be awarded a restricted grant of $90,500 and the other finalist will be awarded an unrestricted grant of $22,600.

Term of Contract:

The grant funds must be expended within 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The organization submitting the application must be a public charity (not private foundation) with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Impact Austin will accept applications from organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) designation if they operate under the umbrella of an established 501(c)(3); the grant will be awarded to the 501(c)(3) organization. The grant review committee will assess the financial and operational controls between the two organizations before recommending the applicant for further review.

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:

Proposals for the Community and Education grants will be solicited and evaluated from January through May, and grants will be awarded in June by a vote of Impact Austin members.

Proposals for the Equity and Health & Well-Being grants will be solicited and evaluated from July through October, with grants awarded in November.

Grants Calendar:

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 5:00PM CT
- 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

Impact Austin has a three-part grant process:

1. Grant Application: Organizations must submit the grant application online via the Impact Austin grant management system by the submission deadline, including supplemental documents. Applicants receive an email acknowledgment 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.

2. 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.

3. Grant Award: Impact Austin sends information about each finalist to all members. Finalists make a five-minute presentation to members regarding their organization and proposed initiative. Impact Austin members vote to select grant recipients in each focus area, and members and finalists are notified of the results. New Community Partners (grantees) accept the awards at the Impact Austin Annual Meeting (spring) or Town Hall Meeting (fall).

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
(512) 335-5540

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

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