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2015
Culture Grant Recipient:

VSA Texas

Project:

Body Shift

Grant Award:

$80,000


Recognized on a national level for excellent and groundbreaking programming, VSA Texas is specifically designed to serve per year 10,000 adults and children over age five who often face physical, social and attitudinal barriers to participation in the arts. Their goal is to provide support and training to the public,...

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2015
Culture Grant Recipient:

VSA Texas

Project:

Body Shift


Recognized on a national level for excellent and groundbreaking programming, VSA Texas is specifically designed to serve per year 10,000 adults and children over age five who often face physical, social and attitudinal barriers to participation in the arts. Their goal is to provide support and training to the public, enhance personal growth, and offer everyone access to engaging and cutting edge creative work by people of all abilities.  The Impact Austin grant will be used to fund the Body Shift program.  Body Shift is VSA Texas’ nationally unique program in mixed-ability dance led in partnership with Forklift Danceworks. Mixed-ability dance is part of both the disability culture and contemporary dance movements. By leading improvisational dance classes and creating performances where bodies of all kinds are embraced and celebrated, VSA Texas seeks to decrease the prejudice and misconceptions about disability in the field of dance and in society at large and improve the health and well-being of all of the participants.

For more information, visit: http://www.vsatx.org/


2015
Education Grant Recipient:

Council on At-Risk Youth

Project:

Youth Violence Prevention

Grant Award:

$80,000


Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY) focuses on youth in the Austin Independent School District with severe disciplinary issues that often result in suspension from school, removal to the disciplinary alternative education program, or removal to the juvenile justice alternative education program. CARY’s Youth Violence Prevention evidence-based program...

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2015
Education Grant Recipient:

Council on At-Risk Youth

Project:

Youth Violence Prevention


Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY) focuses on youth in the Austin Independent School District with severe disciplinary issues that often result in suspension from school, removal to the disciplinary alternative education program, or removal to the juvenile justice alternative education program. CARY’s Youth Violence Prevention evidence-based program teaches these at-risk youth positive social skills, anger management, empathy, and character education.  Students participating in the program show reduced behavioral incidents, improved attendance, and improved grades. The Impact Austin grant will enable the expansion of CARY’s Youth Violence Prevention program to Paredes Middle School where the organization can serve an additional 100 at-risk youth.

For more information, visit: http://cary4kids.org/


2015
Environment Grant Recipient:

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Project:

Nature Bus Program

Grant Award:

$80,000


Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center (originally known as Westcave Preserve Corporation), established in 1976 to restore this spectacular Hill Country grotto, now encompasses a state-of-the-art Environmental Learning Center and an environmental education curriculum, which supports state-mandated learning objectives. Westcave is developing a Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus program to eliminate one of...

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2015
Environment Grant Recipient:

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Project:

Nature Bus Program


Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center (originally known as Westcave Preserve Corporation), established in 1976 to restore this spectacular Hill Country grotto, now encompasses a state-of-the-art Environmental Learning Center and an environmental education curriculum, which supports state-mandated learning objectives. Westcave is developing a Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus program to eliminate one of the greatest barriers organizations face when taking kids on environmental outings: transportation. The Impact Austin funds will go towards the purchase and refurbishment of a used school bus, staff to develop the program and coordinate transportation availability, licensed and trained bus drivers, and development of a cross-organizational registration system. The bus will be used by Westcave as well as schools and other nonprofit organizations. Transportation scholarships will be available for underserved communities.

For more information, visit: http://westcave.org/


2015
Family Grant Recipient:

Catholic Charities of Central Texas

Project:

Family Based Immigration Legal Services

Grant Award:

$80,000


Catholic Charities of Central Texas works to strengthen families by meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. Their Immigration Legal Services program provides legal assistance at minimal cost to individuals and families eligible to apply for immigration benefits, with a focus on family reunification. Impact...

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2015
Health & Well-Being Grant Recipient:

Drive a Senior

Project:

Drive a Senior Van Program

Grant Award:

$80,000


For over 20 years, Drive a Senior has helped seniors remain in their home environments longer and stay active in their community by addressing their need for mobility and companionship. The organization will use the Impact Austin grant funds to expand their already successful pilot for the Senior's Van...

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2015
Health & Well-Being Grant Recipient:

Drive a Senior

Project:

Drive a Senior Van Program


For over 20 years, Drive a Senior has helped seniors remain in their home environments longer and stay active in their community by addressing their need for mobility and companionship. The organization will use the Impact Austin grant funds to expand their already successful pilot for the Senior's Van Program using vans as well as individual rides to support transportation and socialization needs of home-bound seniors, reaching more under-served seniors in a more efficient way. The Van Program will take groups of seniors to common destinations, allowing the seniors to make friends and minimize their loneliness. This program will provide 2,300 van rides to 200 unique seniors during the grant period.

For more information, visit: https://driveasenior.org/