On April 9, 2020 Austin City Council passed a Resolution #20200409-81 and an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 General Fund Emergency Reserve Fund (Ordinance 20190910-001) to appropriate an amount not to exceed $15,000,000 to provide immediate direct services and assistance. Austin Public Health seeks to fund qualified social services agencies with demonstrated experience providing community-based services and financial assistance. Interventions must be designed to provide immediate direct services and assistance that are equitably focused and temporary for vulnerable residents, to quickly aid individuals affected by COVID-19.
Relief in a State of Emergency (RISE) funding will target relief and financial support services to be provided in an amount not to exceed $15 million.
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Organizations Ready to Distribute Emergency Assistance
Funding and Timeline
APH will begin to accept applications on a rolling basis beginning on April 15, 2020 at 12 PM CST. Applications will be used to vet organizations ability to comply with intent to funding.
All Applications are DUE: May 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST.
At that time the application portal in Partnergrants for RISE funding will close.
$15 million was allocated by Council.
Austin Public Health anticipates awarding multiple Agreements with a minimum request of $250,000 and maximum request up to $2 million. Smaller amounts may be considered for smaller non-profit organizations with deep community connection.
The Agreement will have a minimum contract term of 4 months with a possible extension based on need and availability of funding.
Social Service Organizations with questions about applying for RISE funding please email RISEFunding@AustinTexas.gov.
Funding Background Information
All applications must be submitted in the APH Partnergrants database
1. Partnergrants is the database that Austin Public Health uses to manage contracts including pay requests, performance reporting and other required documentation of services.
2. No paper applications will be accepted.
3. If you do not have a log in to Partnergrants:
A. Confirm that your organization is a registered vendor with the City of Austin
If you are not sure, you can search by your organization’s legal name and find your City of Austin Vendor Number. If you need to register to become a potential City of Austin vendor, go to Austin Finance Online to register.
B. If you haven’t already, register in our PartnerGrants system. The applications will be submitted through this web based system. Go To Partnergrants to get to the site and click on “Register Here.” Note that you will need your City of Austin Vendor number to complete your registration in PartnerGrants.
How to update your organization's 211 Information
To update your 211 profile:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your updated information.
OR go to the Add your 211 listing website: https://www.211texas.org/add-or-edit-your-2-1-1-listing/ and follow the instructions.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions from applicants: COVID RISE FAQ
Community Members Who Need Emergency Assistance
- Client Eligibility - Directly Impacted by COVID-19
- Priority populations
- Persons of color
- Other historically marginalized populations
- Survivors of domestic violence
- Individuates with developmental delays
- Individuals who are recently incarcerated
- Low-Income, at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
- Residents of Austin/ Travis County
- Ineligible for assistance (i.e. unemployment)
- Other forms of assistance are insufficient or not timely
Ineligible for CARES’ Economic Impact Payment (per IRS guidelines)
- Individuals with adjusted gross income that is greater than
- $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately
- $136,500 for head of household
- $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly
- Individuals that can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return. For example, a child, student or older dependent who can be claimed on a parent’s return.
- Individuals that do not have a valid Social Security number.
- Individuals that are nonresident aliens
- Individuals that filed Form 1040-NR or Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR or Form 1040-SS for 2019.
- Agencies Distributing RISE Funds- Contact Information
ARC of the Capital Area May 4, 2020 May 11, 2020 Rise@arcaustin.org 512-476-7044 ext 233 Austin Diaper Bank May 26, 2020 June 1, 2020 RISE@austindiapers.org Austin Voices for Education and Youth May 11, 2020 May 11, 2020 RISE@austinvoices.org 512-900-2526 Caritas of Austin RISEInfo@caritasofaustin.org Catholic Charities of Central Texas April 27, 2020 April 27, 2020
A-D (512) 910-5768
E-K (512) 910-5907
L-R (512) 910-7076
S-Z (512) 910-7170
Family Eldercare May 28, 2020 May 28, 2020 email@example.com 512-450-0844 Goodwill Industries of Central Texas April 29, 2020 April 29, 2020 firstname.lastname@example.org 512-637-7445 Meals on Wheels June 1, 2020 June 1, 2020 email@example.com 737-218-4144 St. Vincent De Paul June 1, 2020 June 1, 2020 RISE@ssvdp.org
Survive2Thrive April 29, 2020 April 29, 2020 512.308.6028 Workers Assistance Program May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020 512-637-7380 (local) 844-888-6566 (toll free) Workers Defense Project May 20, 2020 May 20, 2020 firstname.lastname@example.org (512) 676-5614 Wright House Wellness Center’s (ASHWell) May 6, 2020 May 11, 2020 email@example.com 512-468-0088 ext 137
- Agencies awarded that have distributed all funding:
Agency Expended Amount Austin Area Urban League $500,000 El Buen Samaritano $500,000 Saheli dba Asian Family Support Services of Austin 1,000,000
- Helpful Information
Resources for RISE-Funded Non-Profits