United Way for Greater Austin awarded a total of $475,000 in strategic grant funding to 20 nonprofits in Williamson County. The recipients represent a diverse set of community leaders collectively serving more than 3,000 Williamson County residents in the areas of education, health, and financial stability.
“We are grateful to every donor who makes these strategic investments in Williamson County possible,” said David C. Smith, CEO of United Way for Greater Austin. “Every dollar goes a long way to ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. United Way is proud to support and work with such outstanding partners, and we look forward to changing lives the only way we know how: United.”
In January 2022, United Way for Greater Austin and United Way of Williamson County joined forces and merged into a regional organization supporting children, families, and individuals in Austin, Travis County, and Williamson County. This funding represents our continued investment in Williamson County. The grants will support strategic work in the areas of:
- Education (8 organizations)
- Health (7 organizations)
- Financial stability (5 organizations)
“United Way is proud to partner with these organizations to advance the powerful work they are currently doing, which impacts thousands of children, families, and individuals in our region,” said Amy Mizcles, Vice President of Williamson County at United Way for Greater Austin.
As an organization committed to equity and inclusivity, United Way approached the grant selection process with these values in mind. In total, more than 80% of the funded work focuses on clients who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), and nearly 40% of the nonprofit recipients have BIPOC leaders.
As part of the grant selection process, United Way partnered with community members representing Williamson County to review applications. Each proposal was reviewed by at least three different community members. In total, there were 17 reviewers, 40% of whom were BIPOC and 94% of whom were women. They represented 11 different zip codes across Williamson County.
These grants are made possible by the donations of thousands of community investors and corporate partners each year, and United Way is committed to serving as a strategic steward of these community dollars.
About United Way for Greater Austin
United Way for Greater Austin is breaking the cycle of poverty in our community. All of our strategic, evidence-based work – from leading community coalitions, to funding nonprofit partners, to running proven programs – is aligned to achieve this singular goal.
Building opportunities that meet education, health, and financial stability needs across the counties we serve will unlock the potential for Central Texans today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.
Learn more at www.unitedwayaustin.org.