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Hispanic Impact Fund

The Hispanic Impact Fund is one of the Foundation’s key strategies for closing the opportunity gap in Central Texas.

The Hispanic Impact Fund is a giving network that offers unique opportunities to support the economic security and advancement of the Hispanic & Latino communities in Central Texas. Through a data-informed focus, we identify opportunity areas where we can make a difference, convene community conversations about solutions, and amplify resources to fund grantmaking that will advance Hispanic Central Texans.


About the Hispanic Impact Fund

The Hispanic Impact Fund issues a Request for Proposals annually, which begins August 1, 2019. The Hispanic Impact Fund grants committee researches grant requests and the entire Fund's membership makes the final grant selections.

The Request for Proposals will be open to nonprofits that focus on these three impact areas:

  • Early Childhood Education: Less than half of Hispanic children in Austin are "kindergarten-ready". A child who is prepared for kindergarten is four to five times more likely to pass state assessments by the 3rd grade. By focusing on the youngest children in our community, we can improve educational outcomes for years to come. The Hispanic Impact Fund will focus our educational investments in programs that focus on pre-K readiness.
     
  • Health & Wellness: 25% of working-age Hispanic adults have no primary healthcare provider, leaving Hispanic families one health crisis away from financial ruin. However, when armed with accurate and culturally competent information about healthy habits, Hispanics have significantly improved health outcomes. The Hispanic Impact Fund will focus our health investments in programs that focus on health education or access to healthcare.
     
  • Job Skills & Entrepreneurship: Nearly 75% of Hispanics are in the paid labor force. However, having such a large part of the population confined to non-technical jobs and lower incomes reduces the economic growth potential of our community. The Hispanic Impact Fund will focus our investments in this area on programs that support small business access to capital or workforce development.
     

To learn more about how the Fund defines these impact areas, please read the When Hispanics Rise, Austin Rises: A Status Report of Hispanic Families Central Texas. This document is the basis for our data-informed grantmaking approach.
 

 


Grant Opportunities

The Hispanic Impact Fund will be awarding two levels of grants in each of our three impact areas. One grant up to $50,000 for an established local nonprofit and one grant up to $10,000 for an emerging local nonprofit.

Established nonprofits are organizations with an annual budget greater than $500,000. Emerging nonprofits are organizations whose annual budget is less than or equal to $500,000 and who have been in good operational standing for at least two years. Nonprofits may only choose one level and one impact area for consideration.

In 2019, we look forward to making $180,000 in combined grants to six local nonprofits whose missions align with the Hispanic Impact Fund's strategy.

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Application Process

The grant application is now open!

The 2019 Hispanic Impact Fund grant application opened on August 1, 2019. Applications are due in the Foundation's grant portal on August 23 at noon CDT.

For past applicants - please note beginning August 1 we will be using a new grantee portal. Even if you have applied for a grant from the Hispanic Impact Fund in the past, you will still need to create an account in our new system.

An individual email address can only be associated with one organization. If you are a grant writer for multiple organizations, we recommend having a staff member from each organization initially set up the grant portal profile and begin an application. From there, please have them invite you as a collaborator on the application, which will allow you to edit and submit.

The Hispanic Impact Fund grant opportunity is a three-part process. 

  • Step 1: Submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
  • Step 2: Applicants selected to submit full applications will be notified via email
  • Step 3: Finalists will be presented to the HIF donor base for final selections

Guidelines for Step 1
The online letter of inquiry (LOI) can be submitted through the online portal. Make sure you are submitting the LOI using the Hispanic Impact Fund grant portal.

Guidelines for Step 2
Those invited to move forward to submit a full application and video will be notified by email and provided an online link to our full application portal, as well as, instructions on the video requirement. The Hispanic Impact Fund Project Budget and Operational Budget templates must be used in all application submissions.

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Timeline

  • Application portal opens | Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Letters of Inquiry (LOI) due | Friday, August 23, 2019, by Noon CDT
  • Invitations for full applications sent | Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Full applications & videos due | Thursday, October 3, 2019, by Noon CDT

Grant recipients will be notified of their award in early November 2019. Award decisions will be publicly announced in November 2019 at a special grant award reception.

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Who is eligible?

  • Non-profit organizations working in the six-county Central Texas region, which includes: Travis, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson
  • Organizations must be tax-exempt under Sections 501(c)3 or 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code and/or be a unit of government

Restrictions

The Fund does not award grants for:

  • Unrestricted general operating expenses
  • Endowment funds
  • Scholarships
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Fundraising activities or events
  • Umbrella funding organizations that intend to distribute funds at their own discretion
  • Political lobbying or legislative activities
  • Individuals

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Additional Resources

We encourage you to watch our pre-recorded webinar for additional help as you begin your application for the 2019 Hispanic Impact Fund grant cycle.

If you have any questions, please contact Estevan Delgado at edelgado@austincf.org or (512) 220-1414.

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