Economic Development Department Highlights
| National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town Grant |
Attention non-profit arts organizations! The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant provides cost share/matching grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 for creative placemaking projects. Our Town projects must demonstrate a specific role for arts, culture, and design as a part of strategies that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.
If you're interested in applying for the Our Town grant, your first step is to apply for a City of Austin endorsement of the application by June 24 at 5 p.m. If you have questions, visit the Cultural Arts Division Current Open Calls webpage or join the Virtual Open Office hours on June 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join us for the African American Cultural & Heritage Facility's The Pivot Episode 9. The episode "Juneteenth: Freedom Day" will feature special guest Roland Hayes, Professor of U.S. History and Director of the African American Cultural Center at Austin Community College Eastview Campus, for a conversation about Juneteenth and Black History. Watch The Pivot on June 16 at 7 p.m.
Environmental Racism and Sustainable Communities
In response to the race and justice movement currently enveloping the United States, the International Economic Development Council is hosting a new webinar series called Take Action Against Racism in Economic Development. Watch the most recent recording to hear how Economic Development Department staff and other practitioners from across the country are integrating economic development approaches that restore environmental justice and offer low-income, BIPOC, tribal, and overburdened communities solutions that respond to their needs and reflect their values.
| Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, resources, and emergency rules from the City of Austin. |
Health & Safety Resources Request a Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination for Your Business or Household
Texas businesses or civic organizations can call 844-90-TEXAS (844-908-3927) and select Option 3 to schedule a visit from a state mobile vaccine team to vaccinate employees, visitors, or members. To qualify for a visit, a business or civic organization must have five or more employees, visitors, or members who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated. You can also schedule a visit for you, your caregivers, and household with Austin Public Health by calling 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000 and leave your name and phone number.
Updated COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Venues and Special Events
The City of Austin updated the Bringing Events Back Safety Guide to match May 2021 health conditions. The guidance, which outlines COVID-19 health and safety considerations, are recommendations only. The 2021 COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan is still a required form to complete as part of the special events permit application. Once applicants submit the form, Austin Public Health will review the safety plan and will provide input to help organizers have a safe event. Visit the Bringing Events Back webpage for frequently asked questions and resources.
Free COVID-19 Testing
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate and take an online assessment to register for a free test. You can take the assessment for yourself or a loved one. Get more information on COVID-19 testing in Austin, or go right to the online assessment. Call the Austin Public Health medical hotline at 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000 if you need assistance completing the online assessment.
City of Austin Announcements
| City Seeks Community Input for Palm District Planning Initiative |
The City of Austin announced the Palm District Planning Initiative, a planning process to guide the future of one of downtown Austin's most iconic and fastest-growing districts. Visit the Palm District Planning Project Page for more information, register for virtual meetings, and share your input.
Austin Parks and Recreation Department Special Event Opportunity
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applications for a family-friendly and community-oriented Special Event at Fiesta Gardens – West End. Applicants must be qualified and experienced to organize and produce events for greater than 1,000 attendees. Applications accepted until 4:30 p.m. on June 14. To learn more and apply, visit the PARD Office of Special Events website.
Austin Water Expands Affordability Initiatives to include Multi-Family Customer Assistance
Austin Water announced that low income and vulnerable Austinites living in apartments and other multi-family dwellings will see a new credit on their monthly utility bill. Eligible participants will automatically receive a maximum $200 a year credit, which will appear on monthly billing statements as the Austin Water Multi-Family CAP Program Discount.
City of Austin modifying approach to harmful algae this summer
As the summer approaches, harmful algae may be more prevalent and more toxic than it was in the winter and spring. Dog owners should treat all algae as though it contained toxins and not allow their dogs to touch or ingest algae in any Central Texas waterways. Throughout the summer, the Watershed Protection Department will share water site testing results online at AustinTexas.gov/Algae.