Take Advantage of This Perfect Storm of Opportunities for Local Black Organizations

There are currently three opportunities by three organizations in Austin that, if properly taken advantage of, would set up certain nonprofit organizations, new or existing, on the path to success. 

The City of Austin is currently taking applications for its Nexus Grant, a $5,000 semi-annual grant intended to produce creative public projects. You DO NOT have to be a non-profit to apply. Applicants may use the grant funds for administrative costs, equipment and space rentals, marketing, and other eligible expenditures. Applications for the Spring/Summer awarded grants close on Tuesday, May 14th

Next, the Black Professional Alliance of Austin (BPA) is offering a grant acquisition course tailored for Black-led nonprofits cin the Greater Austin area that are seeking to boost their grant writing capabilities and strategies. So for any organization that doesnt fall under the “creative” category required above would greatly benefit from this course. BPA is currently accepting interest forms to select the time and process that would best serve the largest number of interested individuals. More information about this course can be requested via email.

The third resource is a very unique and creative opportunity that comes from  team at The Loren Hotel at Ladybird Lake. The hotel is offering Paggi House, an Austin historic landmark, as a completely free meeting and event space for philanthropic organizations – that includes food and beverage! This became effective as of May 1, 2024, and is available until 2025 when The Loren will move to commercial events. This is a great opportunity to save on expenses, especially for organizations that are just starting out. This is also an opportunity for The Loren to “strengthen their connections with the community through a venue which promotes innovation and creativity.” Contact The Loren for more information or to book the venue. 

When taking advantage of all three of these opportunities, local nonprofits would be able to acquire funding upfront for their current projects while learning to apply for additional funds and holding monthly team meetings or hosting events for free in a newly renovated venue. This is truly the perfect storm for nonprofits, a nonprofit trifecta. Be diligent in pursuing these opportunities before the deadlines pass, and take your organization to the next level.

Lastly, we’d like to make you aware of an opportunity to provide community input to The Black Fund, which exists to unleash the power of Black-led organizations and uplift solutions to benefit the Black community in Central Texas. On Saturday, May 18th, they are hosting a community forum where they are seeking community input. Click here to register to attend.

This informational series was sponsored by The Black Leadership Collective.



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