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Travis County TCTX Serve is a grant program providing up to $50,000 in funding to eligible non-profit social service agencies.

Nonprofit organizations can apply now through October 16th, 2020. Please review all eligibility requirements on this page and begin to gather the documents on the Required Documents Checklist, then click the button below to begin your application.

Program Overview

Travis County’s TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program will provide funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) through the CARES Act via the U.S. Treasury to support non-profit social service agencies. Non-Profits headquartered in Travis County may be eligible to obtain grant funds up $50,000 of emergency relief to be used for:

  • Maintenance of social services to Travis County residents to meet community needs during the declared disaster and its aftermath;
  • Continuation of Organizations’ operations during the declared disaster and its aftermath, including the retention of staff jobs; and
  • Protection of public health by providing funding to allow the Organizations to adjust their operational model to accommodate the ongoing practice of social distancing and the sanitization requirements to deter the spread of COVID-19.

Grant Parameters

Grant applicants are only eligible to receive one grant award. Funds are provided as a reimbursement grant for eligible uses cause by COVID-19 business interruption from March 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020. Grant will be paid as reimbursements after review of invoices and receipts. Reimbursement for costs must be submitted by December 10, 2020 and will be paid no later than December 30, 2020 if eligible. Repayment is only required if the grant agreement is violated or Travis County determines duplication of benefits has occurred. Grantees are expected to make best efforts to continue operations to serve community and clients at a minimum twelve (12) months from grant award date. Grant award period is one year from the date the grantee signs the contract.


Program Service Area

The program is available to eligible Non-Profit organizations headquartered within Travis County. The location of the business will be validated and prohibit the distribution of funds for multiple locations for the same business.


Duplication of Benefits

Applicants will need to certify that the grantee:

  • Has not received another loan or grant for the same expenses.
  • Has not been approved for another grant for the same expense that has not been paid yet
  • If the non-profit gets approved for this grant, it will withdraw any other applications for any other funding and not apply for and will not accept any funding from any other grant or donation or insurance for the same expenses.

Grantees may not receive federally subsidized disaster assistance that duplicates any part of their disaster loss covered by insurance or another source, such as the Small Business Administration (SBA) or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Applicants under the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program must disclose any funds applied for or received from these sources or other federal assistance programs. It is in the County’s sole discretion to determine if funds received from any of these sources constitutes a duplication of benefits. Grants under this Program will be provided in an amount not to exceed the level of need. If a duplication of benefits determination is made after TCTX Serve funds have been disbursed, the amount of funds that were determined to be duplicative must be repaid to the County.


Program Administration

Travis County has hired BCL of Texas, an economic development nonprofit organization working in Texas since 1990, to administer the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program.

BCL of Texas will be responsible for the marketing, application process, eligibility determination, and award recommendations.

Travis County will be responsible for processing payments to grantees, appeal process, final award decisions,and program and administrator oversight.

Eligibility Guidelines & Qualified Expenses

What Organizations Are Eligible?

Eligible Organizations:

Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to provide information necessary for eligibility determination including verification of economic injury due to COVID-19. Eligibility guidelines include:

  • Organizations located and headquartered within Travis County: The address of operations identified on legal documents is used to determine the location of the non-profit.
  • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgments. If on a payment plan, must be current. Exceptions may be made for businesses that have outstanding recent quarter 941s or sales tax reports to the Texas Comptroller, if applicable, due to financial difficulties related to COVID-19.
  • Have provided services since March 1, 2019 – evidenced by provision of IRS-990 for 2019
  • Organizations have an Employer Identification Number and an IRS 501c3 designation
  • Organizations that are both registered as non-profit with the state of Texas and have a current IRS-990 (for tax year 2019).
  • Must provide social services that fit within the scope of Travis County HHS as described in Eligible Social Services statement.
  • The organization must document that it provides at least 50% of its services to Travis County residents or serve at least 100 Travis County residents (the smaller of these two will apply).
  • Must serve residents in at least some of the following zip codes that have been identified as being most impacted and most vulnerable to impacts of COVID-19 as described in Geographic Service Area Disclosure.
  • Per the organization’s most recent IRS-990 (for tax year 2019), they must have total revenues over $100,000 but not to exceed $2,000,000.

Ineligible Organizations

  • For profit businesses
  • Non-profit organizations located outside Travis County
  • Non-Profit organizations service delivery areas is exclusively outside of most impacted and most vulnerable zip codes
  • Services or operations started on or after March 2, 2019
  • Do not have a 501(c)3 IRS designation
  • Do not provide social services that fit within the scope of Travis County Health and Human Service
  • Concerns engaged in illegal activities
  • Political and lobbying concerns
  • Organizations suspended or debarred from doing work with the federal government
  • Organizations that have outstanding tax liens or legal judgments

What Expenses Can Be Reimbursed?

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds

Grant funds can be used to support:

  • Rent, lease or mortgage payment for real property used for business purposes, like office or warehouse
  • Rent, lease or purchase payment for business property (e.g., delivery vehicle; food truck; kitchen equipment; technology, payment, and communications systems and equipment)
  • Purchase payment for tools provided to clients to allow them to adapt to virtual services,may include laptops, smart phones, and or tablets
  • New or expanded technology applications and WiFi services
  • New or expanded technology applications provided to clients to allow participation in virtual services
  • Utility payments for business properties
  • Supplier and Vendor payments including COVID related marketing
  • PPE, COVID related signage sanitation supplies and equipment, testing for employees
  • Eligible Taxes and Fees (specifics to be identified in the invoicing materials)
  • Payroll expenses

Ineligible Uses of Funds:

  • Lobbying for any purpose
  • Repayment of loans or debt unrelated to needs created by COVID-19 disaster
  • Payment of partial mortgage/utility costs based on IRS rules for home-based businesses
  • Any other costs that are determined ineligible through continued release of federal guidance since the guidance on this funding is updated frequently
  • Government funds cannot be used to fund activities are that are “inherently religious.” Learn more here. Activities that are “inherently religious” include religious worship, instruction, or proselytization. Government funds may (only) be used to support the non-religious social services that organizations provide.
FAQs

Eligibility Questions

What types of nonprofit organizations are eligible?

The TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program is for social service nonprofit organizations that provide services for:

  • Access to basic supports
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child and Youth Development
  • Housing Continuum
  • Public Health
  • Safety Intervention Services
  • Supportive Services for Community Living
  • Workforce Development

Please see the Eligible Social Services statement for more details for each category.

Does the number of paid staff affect eligibility? Are we eligible if we do not have paid staff?

The number of staff members if not a factor for eligibility for the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program.

Are 501c4 or 501c6 organizations eligible for this program?

No, only 501c3 organizations are eligible for the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program.

We are a new organization. Are we eligible for a grant?

The TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program is for nonprofit organizations that have provided services since at least March 1, 2019, as evidenced by provision of IRS-990 for 2019.

Are small organizations eligible for this program?

As long as the organization meets the minimum annual revenue of $100,000, as demonstrated by a 2019 IRS-990.

Is there a revenue limit to qualify for this program?

Yes, per the organization’s most recent IRS-990 (for tax year 2019), they must have total revenues over $100,000 but not to exceed $2,000,000.

For what year is the total revenue considered for eligibility?

2019.

Are in-kind services and donations considered when calculating annual revenue?

For the purpose of eligibility for the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program, annual revenue will be calculated using the number provided to the IRS on your 2019 Form 990.

Is our organization eligible if we have already received grant or loan funds from another program?

Yes, but you will need to certify that you have not received another loan or grant for the same expenses. TCTX Serve grant funds may only be used to cover expenses that were not already covered by another funding source.


Geographic Eligibility

What if our organization is headquartered in Travis County but also provides services in other areas?

You must be able to document that the organization provides at least 50% of its services to Travis County residents, or serves at least 100 Travis County resident (the smaller of these two will apply); and serves residents in the following zip codes that have been identified as being most impacted and most vulnerable to impacts of COVID-19:

  • 78617
  • 78653
  • 78660
  • 78723
  • 78724
  • 78725
  • 78741
  • 78744
  • 78753
  • 78658

What if our organization has multiple locations?

For the purposes of this grant, the headquarters location must be within Travis County limits. In addition, the organization must provide at least 50% of its services to Travis County residents or serve at least 100 Travis County residents, and serve residents in the COVID-19 vulnerable zip codes indicated above.

Are statewide, national, or international organizations eligible?

Only if the organization is headquartered in Travis County and meets the other requirements listed in questions 1 and 2.

Are we required to only serve residents in the covid-vulnerable zip codes listed?

No; however, if more organizations apply than there are grants available, priority may be given to those organizations that serve a greater number of clients in the target area.

Are organizations with an address in an unincorporated part of Travis County eligible?

Yes, unincorporated areas of Travis County are eligible.

Are organizations within the Austin city limits eligible?

Yes, all areas of Travis County, including within the limits of any city, are eligible.

Our organization has multiple locations. Can we submit an application for each location?

No, each organization may only submit one application. The application must be for a headquarters location that is within Travis County limits.


Funding Questions

Are eligible non-profits guaranteed to receive funds?

No. Due to widespread need, Travis County anticipates requests for aid will surpass the funding allocated for the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program.

How much funding will this grant provide?

This grant works on a reimbursement basis, with a maximum award amount of $50,000. All eligible expenses from March 1, 2020, to November 30, 2020, will be reimbursed up to a total amount of $50,000.

What expenses are eligible?

Grant funds can be used to support:

  • Rent, lease or mortgage payment for real property used for business purposes, like office or warehouse
  • Rent, lease or purchase payment for business property (e.g., delivery vehicle; food truck; kitchen equipment; technology, payment, and communications systems and equipment)
  • Purchase payment for tools provided to clients to allow them to adapt to virtual services, may include laptops, smart phones, and or tablets
  • New or expanded technology applications and WiFi services
  • New or expanded technology applications provided to clients to allow participation in virtual services
  • Utility payments for business properties
  • Supplier and Vendor payments including COVID related marketing
  • PPE, COVID related signage sanitation supplies and equipment, testing for employees
  • Eligible Taxes and Fees (specifics to be identified in the invoicing materials)
  • Payroll expenses

For what time period are expenses eligible?

You may request reimbursement for eligible expenses from March 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020.

Can we use grant funds to pay our employees?

Yes.

Must expenses be new expenses directly related to covid-19 to be able to be eligible?

Expenses must be directly related to covid-19 impacts or solutions to address business changes related to covid-19.

Are we required to keep the same number of employees to stay eligible? No, this program is not dependent on keeping employees on staff.

What if we have lost receipts or pay with cash?

Documentation is required for reimbursement.


Application and Award Questions

If approved for a grant, when will our organization receive funding?

Decisions around who receives an award will be made with a few weeks of the program application closing on October 16th. After execution of the contract, you may request reimbursement for eligible expenses from March 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020.

What documents are required to complete an application? You may view the Required Documents Checklist here.

What are the next steps after we submit our grant application? BCL of Texas, the organization administering this grant, will contact all applicants and notify them if they are approved for the grant within a few weeks of the application period closing on October 16th.

If approved for an award, how long will reimbursement take?

Approximately 30 days from a correct invoice.

I keep seeing “BCL of Texas” on the emails and website. Who is that?

Business and Community Lenders of Texas (BCL of Texas) is the nonprofit organization that is administering the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program in partnership with Travis County. BCL of Texas has worked with economic development across Texas since 1990, and will be responsible for the marketing, application process, eligibility determination, and award recommendations for the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program. Travis County will be responsible for processing payments to grantees, appeal process, final award decisions, and program and administrator oversight.

What should I do if I am experiencing technical difficulties accessing or completing the application?

Our dedicated customer service team is available to help with applications and answer any questions. You may call us at 512-893-7426 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, or email any time at tctxserve@bcloftexas.org.

Contact Us

Our customer service team is here to answer your questions about the TCTX Serve Nonprofit Grant Program. We have dedicated staff available to help you between 9am and 6pm each weekday.

Call us: 512-893-7426

Email us: tctxserve@bcloftexas.org