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$2.3 Million in Community Grants Help Close Gaps

Austin Community Foundation works to fill the gaps in services and resources across our community, whether it's helping a family understand a parent's terminal illness, restoring a historic public park or updating affordable housing. Last year, the Foundation granted nearly $2.3 million in Community Grants, more than ever before, to help close these gaps. 


We are able to help fill the gaps by connecting the interests and resources of local philanthropists with local needs and opportunities. Nonprofit organizations bring us their best ideas on how they can improve the quality of life for Central Texans. After staff review, we invite our fundholders to co-invest with us in projects or causes they care about. In this way, Austin Community Foundation is a community of givers, representing the generosity of more than a thousand individuals, families and corporations. 

Below is an overview of last year’s Community Grants. Each of these nonprofit solutions target a specific audience and most work closely together to wrap services around a child, family or community. See the complete list of 2016 Community Grants

An Educated Workforce

Central Texas needs an educated workforce to sustain economic growth. The Foundation invested about $500,000 into systems and programs that put all children on track to succeed and pursue their dreams. Grants went to school- and family-based programs like Literacy First and El Buen Samaritano, as well as college-focused initiatives like Code2College, Breakthrough Austin and the Ann Richards School.

A Healthy and Secure Community

One-third of Central Texas single mothers and their children live in poverty and at least 10% of all area families fall far short of economic security. The Foundation invested over $1 million in health, wellness and economic security, key building blocks for a city that works for everyone. Grants went for stabilizing families and individuals through mental health care and support, children recovering from abuse or neglect, day care for elders with dementia, and mentorship support for single mothers in poverty.

Cultural and Environmental Vibrancy

Access to creativity, diversity and nature are key to Central Texas’s economic success and nourish our entrepreneurial culture. The Foundation awarded grants to help provide

See the complete list of 2016 Community Grants.

Central Texas and Beyond

The Foundation’s grantmaking doesn’t end with the Community Grant program. In addition, people with donor advised funds at the Foundation recommended over $21 million in grants to their favorite causes in Central Texas and beyond—for a total of $23.5 million in grants during 2016. 

Photos: Wonders and Worries (top) and Breakthrough Austin (right)