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Stand with Austin Fund

Grants to Texas Agencies and Nonprofits in Eligible
Areas to Mitigate Losses Due to COVID-19

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Austin Community Foundation (ACF) and Entrepreneurs Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/17/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Texas units of government, nonprofit organizations, and faith-based organizations in eligible areas to address urgent needs due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The purpose of this program is to mitigate losses sustained by the cancellation of the SXSW Festival. The geographic focus is Austin and surrounding counties that planned to host SXSW or related events.

The SXSW Festival is integral to the culture and economy of Central Texas. The global spread of the novel coronavirus, and rising concerns about an outbreak in the region, led Mayor Steve Adler to declare a local state of disaster in Austin, Texas. This announcement resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 SXSW Conference and Festivals. It is estimated that the Festival has upwards of a $350 million economic impact on the people and businesses who fuel the city-wide festival experience. The economic ripple effect of the cancellation will be wide-ranging and will impact the hard-working members of the service and creative industries the hardest.

The Stand with Austin Fund was created by Austin Community Foundation and the Entrepreneurs Foundation to help offset the economic impact of SXSW’s cancellation. The Stand with Austin Fund invites area nonprofits to submit proposals for the work they are doing to provide assistance to individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW. Grants will be awarded to projects based on satisfaction of three main criteria:

  • Knowledge of the constituency served: Preference shown to organizations with a history of supporting self-employed, hourly workers and people in the gig economy.
  • Plan for the type of relief offered: Funding only available for organizations proposing support for individual and small businesses in the following industries:
    • Music and Creative, including Technical
    • Service and Bar
    • Hospitality
  • Defined process for quick distribution to those most affected: Applicants must demonstrate the ability to identify and support the affected constituencies with prudence and expedience.

Preference will be shown to organizations requiring the least amount of overhead to execute relief projects. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188729

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation has targeted to raise at least $1 million for the Stand With Austin Fund. They plan to grant:
- 1/3 of funds raised to nonprofits serving small businesses
- 2/3 of funds raised to nonprofits serving individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 501c3 Organizations, units of government, or faith communities
- Geographic focus on Austin, Texas and surrounding counties that planned to host SXSW or related events
- Preference will be shown to organizations working in under-resourced communities

Please note: funding is only available for organizations proposing support for individual and small businesses in the following industries:
- Music and Creative
- Service and Bar
- Hospitality

Pre-Application Information:

The application opens on March 26, 2020. All applicants must submit proposals to the online grant portal. Proposals are due at 5 pm on April 17, 2020.

The Foundation understands that quick access to philanthropic capital is paramount. Proposals will be reviewed and decisions will be made within 2 weeks of submission.
- RFP released: March 26
- Proposals due: April 17 by 5pm
- All decisions announced: April 30

Applicants who have not previously applied for a grant with ACF must register in the grantee portal prior to applying.


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