This year we’ve revamped and consolidated our grants programs into individual and organization focused community service awards – and we will celebrate both at a combined ceremony in March! Five individuals and five organizations will be recognized for their community service. Each honoree or organization will receive complimentary badges to SXSW, a $5,000 grant, and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community. Learn more about the 2018 SXSW Community Service Awards below.
SXSW Community Service Awards for Individuals
Five individuals will receive a $5,000 grant to an eligible 501(c)(3) or eligible charity of their choice as well as a complimentary registration to SXSW 2018. The Community Service Award is intended to honor the breadth of community service work of five individuals rather than organizations or groups. We are looking for individuals whose creative community service work bridges the digital divide, impacts the community positively and includes some degree of grassroots or hands-on organizing.
SXSW Community Service Awards for Organizations
Five organizations will also receive a $5,000 grant to continue or begin their work and will be honored at the SXSW Community Service Awards. To qualify, an organization must be a charitable organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) or be otherwise qualified to receive charitable contributions. The selection committee chooses organization grantees based on their connection to one of the following aspects of SXSW: Interactive, Film, Music, Edu, or Gaming.
All applications are free of charge and must be received no later than 11:59pm PT on Friday, July 28, 2017.
Who Should Apply?
The SXSW Community Service Awards are for everyone! Whether your interest lies in filmmaking, music, technology, education, or gaming, the SXSW Community Service Awards recognize good work being done within communities. There’s also a grant for a local Austin charitable organization that does not easily fit into one of those festival categories. SXSW feels that promoting good is one of many ways of helping foster creative innovation.