ACL Fest Grant Program has Invested $2.5 Million Into Austin’s Public Parks Since 2006; ACL Total Austin Parks Support $20 Million
Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is proud to offer more funding to local park projects through its Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival Grants Program this year. The 2016 grant pool totals $400,000 (a $25,000 increase from 2015), bringing the ACL Grants Program total to $2.5 million since the program inception in 2006.
With the addition of two new grant types — a $100,000 Impact Grant and a set of smaller Neighborhood Grants that range from $500 to $5,000 — the expanded program will meet a variety of park improvement needs throughout the Austin community.
“Austin is an outdoor city, and the condition and activation of our parks keeps our city competitive nationally,” said Colin Wallis, executive director of APF. “The partnership between ACL Music Festival and APF has created a tremendous infusion to our grant program, providing a variety of opportunities for Adopt-a-Park leaders and neighborhoods all over Austin to improve their local parks.”
The Impact Grant is a new, $100,000 gift awarded once a year to one Adopt-a-Park group looking to create a master plan, or embark on significant capital improvements in their designated park. The Impact Grant application deadline is Nov. 4, 2016 and will be awarded in January 2017.
“ACL Music Festival is a festival destination for music lovers around the country, and the park location has as much to do with its success as the acts who entertain each year,” said Charlie Jones of C3 Presents, producer of ACL Music Festival. “We are incredibly proud that over the years we have been able to contribute upwards of $20 million to Austin parks with $2.5 million designated to APF’s Grants Program. This level of contribution is impossible without the continued support of the city and all the fans who attend the festival.”
The goal of the new Impact Grant and the restructure of the ACL Music Festival Grants Program is to expand the reach of Austin City Limits Music Festival’s generosity and offer more opportunities for local park adopters to take ownership of the care and maintenance of their neighborhood parks.
Neighborhood Grants, also new this year, will award gifts ranging from $500 to $5,000 for smaller improvement projects like benches and bike racks, as well as vegetation and trail improvements. No longer subject to fall and spring grant cycles, Neighborhood Grants are awarded on an ongoing basis, resulting in regular park improvements throughout the year.
APF will continue to offer Community Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. These funds are awarded to multiple groups in the spring and fall of each year to fund playscapes, art or trail installations, improved ADA accessibility, and construction or renovation of pavilions and pool houses. Spring Community Grant applications are due annually on April 30 and awards will be announced July the same year. The fall deadline is September 30 and awards will be announced January of the following year.
In 2015, APF provided 15 park improvement grants, including Alderbrook Pocket Park, Barton Hills Community Park, Dove Springs District Park, Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve and Walnut Creek Municipal Pool.
A grants program info session about the new grants program will be held on February 17 and February 24, 2016. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend to learn more about the program, application guidelines and funding options.