Austin Community Foundation, in partnership with local funders, raised approximately $300,000 in grant funding for select nonprofits providing recovery efforts in response to Winter Storm Uri.
Recognizing the devastation and hardships created by the extreme winter weather in February, ACF created a matching fund with generous support from Silicon Labs, Bill Wood Foundation and the Wood Foundation to help our neighbors during a critical time of need. The fund focused on recovery efforts with an emphasis on housing, home repairs, and economic challenges created by the storm.
The fund provided ACF the ability to match all donations our fundholders made following the storm to the organizations listed below:
- Austin Disaster Relief Network
- Black Leaders Collective
- Community Resilience Trust
- FII (Family Independence Initiative)
- Austin Habitat for Humanity
- iACT (Interfaith Action of Central Texas)
- I Live Here I Give Here – Disaster Relief Fund
- Meals on Wheels
During the winter storm, several local and national nonprofits responded with immediate relief for basic needs. Shortly after the snow melted, it became evident that the mid-to-long-term needs of the community is to assist with displacement and ongoing home repairs to the damage caused by the storm.
ACF selected the organizations mentioned above based on the type of on-the-ground work they are doing to support the economic security of individuals and families in Central Texas, especially people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by multiple crisis over the past 12 months.
Thanks to Silicon Labs, Bill Wood Foundation and the Wood Foundation for their support as well as ACF fundholders for once again responding to the needs of our community recovering from yet another crisis amid the ongoing pandemic.