SXSW 2015: New SXSW fund to give $10k grants

Hugh Forrest announcing FUND at Dewey Awards 2015 photo by at soonmeekim via TwitterOn March 12, South by Southwest (SXSW) announced the SXSW Community Grant Fund, which will award five deserving U.S.-based charities with a $10,000 project or program grant, beginning in 2016.

This grant, funded by the SXSW Community Fund, reinforces SXSW’s focus on community and the belief that promoting good in local communities helps foster creative innovation. To that end, the Community Grant Fund will recognize solutions to local community issues, especially when they can improve the lives of the underprivileged or disenfranchised, as they relate to one of the following events in the SXSW family: Interactive, Film, Music, Edu, Eco or V2V.

Hugh Forrest, Director of SXSW Interactive, says he can only imagine how these grants will encourage the recipients. “Community is at the heart of SXSW and we are honored to further equip those nonprofits that inspire innovation and creativity in the communities they serve every day,” stated Forrest. “We know making a difference locally is the first step to improving lives and strengthening communities globally.”

Interested nonprofits are invited to complete the application between now and June 26, 2015, at Successful grant applicants will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the most relevant SXSW event in Austin, Tex. next March.

Funding for these grants will come from the SXSW Community Fund, which was established in 2012 and is administered by Communities Foundation of Texas. SXSW Community Fund has been used for funding awards for honorees of the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award and the Grulke Prize for Career Act, as well as making charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations nationwide.

The Community Fund is different than the SXSW Cares Fund, which was established in 2014. The Cares Fund raised money and benefited victims of the March 13, 2014, accident in which a driver plowed through a crowd of people enjoying a night of SXSW Music. Two people died and 23 were injured. That fund, administered by the Austin Community Foundation, raised $254,045, with $80,000 already being directed to the victims. Victims can continue to request funds from the SXSW Cares Fund.

In addition to a $10,000 grant for their qualifying program or project, winners selected for the Community Grants Fund will also receive two Platinum registrations to the SXSW 2016 event and one registration to attend SXSW Eco 2015, SXSW V2V 2016 or SXSWEdu 2016—whichever best fits their area of work.


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