This resource page includes services to help non-profit organizations that are recovering from economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Select the drop-down menus below to find resources related to funding, employee assistance, legal aid, consulting help, and more. ​

Contact the City of Austin if you have questions about this list or would like to recommend additional resources for inclusion. ​

 

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Grants and Funding

 

City of Austin Economic Development Department: Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant

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. 

 

City of Austin Economic Development Department: Small Business Resource Directory

The City of Austin Economic Development Department maintains list of local, state, federal and community resources for small businesses, sole proprietors and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Small Business Resource Directory and filter by “Disaster Relief” to find immediate support for your business or non-profit organization. 

 

Texas COVID Relief Fund Accepting Applications

Non-profits can apply for grants up to $150,000 through the Texas COVID Relief Fund if they are addressing the unmet needs of vulnerable populations and underserved communities in the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education. Applications are due Thursday, June 25, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Central time. 

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program (Reopened)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal. SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profits. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

 

Grant Technology Opportunity (GTOP) Capacity Fund

The Capacity Fund is a mini-grant intended to fund small non-profit’s technology infrastructure as well as staff training and development related to digital equity. Award amounts range from $150 - $2,500 and is available to non-profits with annual revenues below $1 million. The due date for the next cohort is May 15th. 

 

All Together ATX Fund

The All Together ATX Fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak. This fund is managed by the Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin.

 

St. David's Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund

St. David’s Foundation has launched a $10 million COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support nonprofits during this challenging and uncertain time. The fund will provide grants supporting both immediate and intermediate needs of nonprofits working on the front lines to provide emergency assistance to those impacted by COVID-19 in some of Central Texas’ most vulnerable communities.

 

Relief in a State of Emergency (RISE) Fund

The Austin City Council established this $15 million fund to offer immediate support services and direct financial assistance to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Austin seeks to partner with existing non-profit organizations who have a demonstrated history of success in reaching vulnerable community members. The City anticipates awarding multiple agreements with a minimum request of $250,000 and maximum request up to $2,000,000. Smaller amounts may be considered for smaller non-profit organizations with deep community connection. 

 

Employee Assistance

 

Workforce Solutions Capital Area

Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers multiple services to non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The suite of services includes:  

  • Help finding talent
  • Outplacement assistance 
  • Layoff aversion strategies and funding
  • Information on filing mass unemployment claims
  • Employment training assistance and funding

Email rapidresponse@wfscapitalarea.com to be contacted by the Workforce Solutions Capital Area staff.

Non-Profit Coaching and Classes

 

City of Austin Economic Development Department Small Business Program

The City of Austin Economic Development Department's Small Business Program (SBP) provides business training, educational events, and coaching to empower entrepreneurs and small business owners. SBP's mission is to foster job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources. 

 

Emergency Preparedness

Get Back in Business is a resource site to aid and assist businesses in creating a plan for disaster recovery as well as finding help after economic and natural disasters. This site is by no means comprehensive; however, the information contained may meet the immediate needs of your business during your time of preparation and recovery. 

 

Workforce Solutions Capital Area

Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers multiple services to non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The suite of services includes:

  • Help finding talent
  • Outplacement assistance
  • Layoff aversion strategies and funding
  • Information on filing mass unemployment claims
  • Employment training assistance and funding
  • Employer roundtable meetings for workforce development planning

Email rapidresponse@wfscapitalarea.com to be contacted by the Workforce Solutions Capital Area staff.

Tax Assistance

 

Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants can help business owners find a certified public accountant to assist with planning and reaching financial goals. TXCPA also has resources to explain how federal resources explaining federal laws and changes to the Internal Revenue Services’ deadlines and processes.  

Legal Assistance

 

Pro-Bono Legal Aid

Texas C-Bar provides pro bono business law resources to nonprofits and microentrepreneurs. C-Bar provides pro bono referrals and direct services to nonprofits and microentrepreneurs for non-litigation legal matters; offers legal workshops, online resources, and publications on important legal issues affecting nonprofits and microentrepreneurs; and collaborates with strategic partners to address systemic legal barriers to community development in low-income communities. 

 

Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas

Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas The Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, Inc. is a nonprofit service that can help business owners find Austin area attorneys. TXCPA also has resources explaining the tax implications of COVID-19 federal laws and changes to the Internal Revenue Services’ deadlines and processes.

 

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts provides Texas artists and arts organizations with legal and accounting assistance to enable them to maximize their potential, shape our cultural landscape, and contribute to the creative economy.

Eviction Protections

 

City of Austin Eviction Protections

Mayor’s Order No. 20200507-010: Until July 25, 2020, Landlords may not: (a) issue a “Notice to Vacate” with certain exceptions; (b) remove a tenant’s property or intentionally prevent a tenant from entering the leased premises; and (c) seize a tenant's nonexempt property subject to a lien created under Texas Property Code Section 54.041. The Order applies to commercial and residential leases.

Austin City Council Ordinance No. 20203026-090 (as amended on May  7, 2020): This ordinance creates a 60-day grace period after rent is due before any eviction proceedings due to nonpayment can begin. This ordinance expires the 61st day after the day the local disaster terminates. 

 

Travis County Eviction Protections

The Travis County Justices of the Peace announced all evictions (commercial and residential) are rescheduled until July 22, 2020.

 

Federal Eviction Protections

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act restricts lessors of covered properties from filing new eviction actions for non-payment of rent, and also prohibits charging fe