Application Opens: July 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. 
Application Closes: July 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The Austin City Council approved Resolution No. 20200507-023 on May 7, 2020 to provide $6 million for the Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant (ANCHOR – Austin Nonprofit and Civic Health Organizations Relief). The City Council approved an additional $350,000 for the Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant in Resolution No. 20200604-040 on June 4, 2020.  

Applicants may apply for one-time grants up to $20,000 toward reimbursement of eligible expenses including rent, payroll, and other economic needs. 

Eligible non-profits must be able to demonstrate an economic loss associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic and must be headquartered in a City of Austin Council district

The City Council approved the distribution of funds into the following focus areas:  

  • Health & Human Services - $2,000,000 

  • Workforce Development & Social/Legal Services - $1,250,000 

  • Education - $1,250,000 

  • Arts & Culture - $1,000,000 

  • Environment & Animals - $500,000 

  • Other - $350,000 

The Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant application will be live and accepting eligible submissions through the Austin Better Business Bureau starting on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. 


Contact Information:


Call: 512-318-2683


Focus Area Categories   

The Austin City Council identified the following focus areas for non-profit grant assistance. It is important to select the category that best represents your organization’s mission and program(s). If your organization falls into more than one category, please select only one.  

  • Health and Human Services  
    Health non-profits cover a broad range of organizations concerned with the body or mind. Substance abuse and additional treatment programs, disease prevention and treatment, and mental health and crisis services all fall into this category.  
    Human Services organizations provide services such as distributing food to those in need, assisting crime victims and offenders, providing job training, developing and operating affordable housing, helping people prepare for and recover from disasters, and acting as advocates for children.  

  • Workforce Development & Social/Legal Services 
    Organizations providing services that help people find, get, and keep employment, as well as organizations providing information, services, and advocacy on legal matters. Social activities also include programs to help youth mature into adults who contribute to society.  

  • Education 
    Organizations with missions primarily dedicated to promoting learning and intellectual development in individuals or groups. Activities may include tutoring, mentorship, classes, meet-ups, camps, etc. Entities may take the form of schools for students with special needs, organizations offering vocational and technical training, libraries, literacy programs, scholarships, student organizations, and parent-teacher groups.  

  • Arts and Culture  
    Organizations with programming that promotes or develops art in any medium (visual, performing, music, etc.), preserves or commemorates historical events and local cultures, or promotes the distribution of ideas. Examples include art museums, historical societies, theaters, local-access radio and television, and festivals.  

  • Environment and Animals   
    Environmental organizations are dedicated to reclaiming and preserving natural resources. They include organizations providing services such as recycling programs, wetlands management, and garden clubs. Animal non-profits include humane societies and SPCAs, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, fisheries, veterinary organizations, zoos, and animal-training nonprofits.  

Eligible Applicants 

Eligible Non-Profit Organizations must meet the following conditions:   

  • Organizations able to provide 2018 and 2019 federal income tax return ​ (or 2018 tax return with 2019 tax extension documentation) 
  • Organizations who have been in operations providing services for two years minimum.
  • Non-Profit Organizations under good standing with the Internal Revenue Service and classified as a “public charity” with a tax-exempt status under Section 501c3 or 509a​ 
  • Organizations able to demonstrate a direct financial loss associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic​ 
  • Organizations registered and headquartered in a City of Austin City Council District ​ 
  • Non-profit operations occur primarily in Austin, Texas (75% minimum)​ 
Ineligible Applicants 
  • Endowments or memorials  
  • Non-profit hospitals and higher education institutions  
  • Fraternal, sectarian, and religious organizations where the funding is intended to principally benefit members/adherents and to fund inherently religious activities  
  • Private foundations  
  • Litigation/legal expenses in actions by or against the organization  
  • General capital campaigns  
  • Support benefitting primarily for-profit members  
  • Full time, permanent City of Austin employees are ineligible to receive these funds  

Every application will be evaluated against a scoring matrix that includes criteria for need, vulnerability, and equity. For distribution of funds, 50% of the program funding will be allocated to applicants that score the highest according to this matrix. The remaining 50% of funds will be awarded by random lottery among eligible applicants. Businesses owned by members of historically marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Expenses: Eligible and Ineligible


Eligible Expenses  

These funds are a reimbursement for eligible expenses made between March 1, 2020 and the date the application was submitted:

  • Payroll, Employee Retention  
  • Nonprofit Insurance   
  • Worker Training  
  • Technology  
  • Programming  
  • Rent/ Mortgage for Organization Property  
  • Operational Costs 
  • COVID-Compliance Facility Modifications 
  • Personal Protective Equipment Purchases and Rentals  
  • Sanitation and Cleaning  


Ineligible Expenses

  • Lost sales, donations or sponsorships 
  • Merchandise for sale 
  • Costs incurred prior to March 1, 2020  
  • Costs that have also been paid for by other COVID-19 grants/loans     
  • Litigation/legal expenses in actions by or against the organization 
  • General capital campaigns or support benefiting primarily for-profit members