Yes, however the funding for this program is limited, therefore the City expects the funds to go primarily for equipment and technical support services rather than administrative and organizational staff salaries. In any case, any costs MUST be directly related to the program.
Yes, but realize that the City is interested in awarding a diverse range of programs and organizations.
Applications can be downloaded on-line at www.gtops.org or picked up at the City of Austin Office of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs, 124 West 8th Street, Suite 210.
Payment of the grant is made on a reimbursement basis. Grantees will track and report expenses and program success to City via an online grant management portal.
In-Kind Volunteer labor, donated professional services, and donated materials and supplies specifically related to the project are eligible as a match. Of course, any cash provided by the organization, or pledged to the organization for the program is eligible.
The best are letters of financial support (matching funds), letters pledging volunteer staffing and services or donating equipment or supplies. General letters of support should explain precisely why the organization is qualified to develop the project.
A recognized non-profit organization such as a Neighborhood-Based organization or an Austin non-profit organization. Individuals must partner with an Austin or Neighborhood-based Organization to qualify. Grants are awarded to the non-profit organization, not directly to individuals.
Community participation is only one of many criteria in awarding grants, but the City is very interested in projects that are able to develop consortia among groups with related interests.