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More Impact Than Ever: Foundation Announces $2.2 Million in Community Grants

Today the Foundation announces $2.2 million in grants awarded this year to local nonprofits through the Community Grant program. This is the largest total grant disbursement in the Foundation’s history and a 16% increase over last year. “We reached this milestone by creating new opportunities for donor engagement and improving our granting process,” says Mike Nellis, CEO.  

The Community Grant Program is the Foundation’s largest source of funding for which local nonprofits can apply. In 2014 about $1.8 million was granted into the community. 

The Foundation’s Community Grant budget fluctuates due to a combination of factors including investment returns and the interests and engagement of donors with funds at the Foundation. During the past year the Foundation has emphasized efficiency, transparency and predictability and also used technology to leverage the resources and interests of fundholders. 

In addition to the Community Grant program, people with donor advised funds at the Foundation have recommended over $15 million in grants to their favorite causes in Central Texas and beyond.

Helping Each Other

Community grants are directed toward eight Impact Areas. Here are some highlights on how community needs were addressed:

  • Nearly 40% of grant funds went toward human services, providing for the ongoing needs of babies and children, veterans, the elderly, people with disabilities, immigrants and families with low incomes—as well as for helping Central Texas families recovering from wildfires and flooding.
  • Providing for the health and well-being of Central Texans was the focus of over 20% of grant funds—including medical, mental health, dental and hospice care for people who are uninsured or lack access to quality care.
  • Nurturing Austin’s vibrant arts and culture scene, through arts education and increased access comprised 14% of grant funds.
  • About 13% of funds went toward caring for animal companions and preserving Austin’s status as the largest urban “no kill” city.
  • An additional 13% provides for the educational needs of children, first-generation college-bound high schoolers and adults and for high-impact after-school programs.

View a complete list of Central Texas nonprofits that received Community Grant funds this year.