This is a merit-based application process whereby qualified 501(c)(3) public charities may apply for a $10,000 grant from the SXSW Community Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas. SXSW feels that promoting good is one of many ways of helping foster creative innovation.
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About the Community Grant
Qualified 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.
A process for qualified 501(c)(3) public charities to apply for a $10,000 project or program grant from the SXSW Community Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas. This application is open to all, but funds can only be granted to qualified 501(c)(3) public charities that are based in the United States.
Each program or project should be related to one of the following SXSW events: Interactive, Film, Music, Eco or Edu. Grantees will also receive up to two registrations to the SXSW in March 2017 and an additional registration to one of our family of events: SXSW Eco 2016, or SXSWedu 2017, if it relates to their work.
The application process will launch at the end of June 2016. Sign up above to receive notification when the application is ready.
The purpose of this grant is to recognize good work being done within our local and global communities and help further that work by funding a
project or program.
Because with so many deserving 501(c)(3) organizations, SXSW would like to recognize, reward and further their good work in the world. We feel that promoting good in local communities is one of many ways of helping foster creative innovation.
1) I’m not sure which area (Interactive, Film, Music, Eco or Edu) to choose for my nonprofit? Can you tell me which one is best?
We’d prefer you to select the event that makes the most sense for your program. Sometimes it’s not so obvious to us and we don’t want you to be placed in the wrong category. Each event has an advisor who will know what resonates best within the chosen event community. If none of the categories make sense for your program, or if it seems like too much of a stretch, these grants may not be the best fit for your nonprofit.
2) What are you looking for specifically?
We’re looking to be surprised and delighted by ideas and innovation that we haven’t seen before. We’re looking for solutions that are making a difference and can have a real impact on future communities. We’re looking for organizations helping people within the communities we represent at SXSW.
We’re not looking for one-off events, such as day-long fundraisers or music or film festivals with a nonprofit beneficiary. We’re most interested in programs or projects envisioned as ongoing or continuing with a hands-on approach. We don’t think most problems can be solved in one day or a few days, so we’re focusing on longer-term solutions.
See some of the grantees from the first year below to get a better idea of the types of programs that did well.
3) When will funds be available?
After the selection process, we’ll begin the funding process and assuming the organization satisfies the criteria to receive funds from our foundation partner, they should be received in Fall of 2016.
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