“Cleantech Open” grant for startups is now open

Cleantech Open is the largest and oldest cleantech startup accelerator program in the United States, with the mission of finding, funding and nurturing entrepreneurs around the world with ideas to solve environmental and energy challenges. Through this annual program, new clean technology companies are connected with the people and resources that will accelerate their success. The startups selected in the different stages will be eligible for advice from specialized mentors in the sector, as well as prizes starting at $10,000 US dollars.

This call may result from the interest of emerging companies in the area of clean technologies, as well as research centers and academics. Interested parties may submit their applications until February 29 (with an application fee of $30 USD), or until April 14, 2024 (with an application fee of $75 USD).

Interested parties can apply through the following link: https://www.cleantechopen.org/en/challenge/2024-cto-accelerator. The accelerator website is: https://www.cleantechopen.org/en/

Find the Spanish version here.

Austin Community Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to 53 Nonprofits in Central Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 14, 2023) – Austin Community Foundation (ACF) announced today $1.5 million in grant funding to organizations working to improve the economic mobility of Central Texans. The Foundation’s three strategic programs—The Black Fund, Hispanic Impact Fund, and Women’s Fund—each awarded $500,000 in unrestricted, general operating support to a total of 53 local nonprofits. This is the highest amount of funding awarded from ACF’s Community Impact programs. 

“Austin Community Foundation’s strategic programs are data-driven and community-led, ensuring our efforts are not only well-informed but also deeply connected to the realities of the people we seek to serve,” said Elizabeth Peña, Director of Community Impact, Austin Community Foundation. “Through this grants process, we’re committed to equitable, transparent, and trust-based giving—building real opportunities for everyone who calls Central Texas home.”   

The Black Fund granted to 25 Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits working to support the growth, economic mobility and wellness of Black people across five impact areas: 

  • Arts, culture and preservation 
  • Education 
  • Health and wellness 
  • Power building, organizing and advocacy 
  • Wealth building 

The Hispanic Impact Fund granted to 16 Latino-led and Latino-serving nonprofits working to support the economic mobility and advancement of Hispanic Central Texans across four impact areas: 

  • Early childhood education
  • Health and wellness
  • Job skills and entrepreneurship
  • Leadership development 

The Women’s Fund granted to 15 nonprofits working to support the economic mobility of women and children in Central Texas across five impact areas: 

  • Childcare
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Unplanned pregnancy prevention
  • Women’s health

The Black Fund, Hispanic Impact Fund and Women’s Fund operate as collective giving networks led by community members who share responsibility for the vision, fundraising, and grantmaking. Approximately 175 individuals, including people with lived experience, participated in the grant selection process and thoughtfully vetted more than 255 applications.  

A priority of the 2023 grants cycle was to provide a streamlined process by offering nonprofits the ability to apply to all three funds through one single grant application. Among the nonprofits applying for funding, 30% of organizations were first-time applicants and 38% applied to multiple funds. Among the organizations selected for funding, 62% are led by individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). 

Special thanks to Google, PIMCO, Q2 Holdings, Inc., and St. David’s Foundation for generously supporting ACF’s economic mobility work.  

Learn more about the Foundation’s programs at austincf.org

Full list of 2023 grant partners:  

The Black Fund

Austin Legal Access – $40,000*
Building Promise USA – $40,000*
Delivering Unto You – $40,000
Origin Studio House – $40,000*
Round Rock Black Parents Association – $40,000* 
Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas – $25,000 
Ladders for Leaders – $25,000 
The Bakari Foundation – $25,000
The Giving Rose Foundation ATX – $25,000 
Tomorrow’s Promise Foundation – $25,000 
Black Girl Ventures – $15,000
Black Men’s Health Clinic – $15,000
Code2College – $15,000 
Little Bit of Good – $15,000 
P.E.A.C.E. Program – $15,000 
RE-CLAIM – $15,000 
Real Queens Fix Each Other’s Crowns – $15,000 
SCD Enrichment Program – $15,000
Torch Literary Arts – $15,000 
We Can Now – $15,000 
Ballet Afrique – $5,000 
Frofessionals – $5,000 
Hungry Hill Foundation – $5,000 
Huston-Tillotson University – $5,000 
Black Professional Alliance – $5,000 

Hispanic Impact Fund

Amhiga Hispana – $50,000*
AVANCE – Austin – $50,000*
Luz de Atabey Midwifery Project – $50,000*  
Todos Juntos Learning Center – $50,000* 
Austin Achieve Public Schools – $35,000*  
Economic Growth Business Incubator – $35,000* 
Explore Austin – $35,000* 
Manos de Cristo – $35,000* 
Austin Urban Technology Movement – $20,000 
Breakthrough Central Texas – $20,000 
El Buen Samaritano – $20,000 
Literacy First – $20,000 
Mariposa Family Learning Center – $20,000 
People’s Community Clinic – $20,000 
Seedling – $20,000 
Workers Defense Project – $20,000 

The Women’s Fund 

Any Baby Can of Austin – $55,000*
Empowering Women Out of Prison – $55,000* 
LifeWorks – $55,000* 
Lilith Fund – $55,000* 
Todos Juntos Learning Center – $55,000*  
Asian Family Support Services of Austin – $30,000 
AVANCE – Austin – $30,000  
Center for Survivors of Torture – $30,000  
Jeremiah Program – $30,000 
Lirios Pediatrics – $30,000 
Andy Roddick Foundation – $15,000 
Healthy Futures of Texas – $15,000 
Ladies Let’s Talk – $15,000 
People’s Community Clinic – $15,000
Saint Louise House – $15,000  

*asterisk denotes an organization receiving funding over two years 


About Austin Community Foundation
Austin Community Foundation mobilizes ideas and resources to strengthen Central Texas. The Foundation is focused on advancing economic mobility and affordable housing, and it uses varied tools – data, convening and philanthropic dollars – to implement this strategy. In 2022, the Foundation granted nearly $53 million to the community, mostly through donor advised funds. Founded in 1977, the Foundation is the third largest charitable Foundation in Central Texas with $447 million in total assets under management. Learn more at austincf.org.

The Honors Award portal is Now Open. Applications are due by January 1st. 

The Honors Award portal is Now Open. This is a competitive grant application process, resulting in four grants. Live, Learn, and Lift grants will be $50,000 each, and the STAR grant will be $100,000. The foundation aims to fund small to mid-sized organizations that are creating and implementing innovative, sustainable solutions to serve the greatest needs of communities.   Below are the categories for our Honors awards.  Applications are due by January 1st.  For more information, please visit our Foundation website.

Honor Award Categories:

Live – $50,000 – Access to Nutritious Foods

Learn – $50,000 – Career Readiness Certification Programs

Lift – $50,000 – Supportive Services for women and children

STAR – $100,000 – Support for Veterans and military families

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Barbra Boeta if you have any questions.

Details: https://www.texascapitalbank.com/foundation

Barbra Boeta

Vice President

Community Development

Austin, Texas

98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Ste 200

Austin, Texas 78701

512.726.8731 office

512.296.4626 mobile




How do I verify my business in Google with a video?

You understand the importance of having your business in Google Maps and submitted all the information, but they are asking you to do a Google Verification video, and you know it is worth it but don’t know how to do it. Follow the steps below and get your business verified right away.

You need to prep with the following:

  • A friend who drives
  • A copy of your business formation document which is either a DBA or an LLC
  • Your photo ID
  • Your business cards or printed signage and your business uniform if you have one.
  • It is recommended to have a printed sign on the inside of a window of your house or one sign like the ones that realtors use in your front yard.
  • If you have car magnets, make sure they are visible in a vehicle parked outside of your house.
  • Also, if you have T-shirts or uniforms, wear them to record the video.
  • Leave the papers ready for your recording on the first table after you open the door to your house.

Then have your friend drive you to the nearest intersection in your house where there is street signage and start recording in the Google verification app and say something along these lines:

“Hello, my name is XXX, and I am the owner of XXX company and here is the nearest intersection to my house. We are now going to drive to my house. We don’t have visible signs because this is a residential area… or because my HOA doesn’t allow signage outside of the house.”

Then have your friend drive you to the front of your house while you continue to record and say:

…”this is my house, and here is the car magnet to my vehicle”


…”this is my house, and here is this the business signage in my front yard.”

If you cannot have signage just mention it in the video. Walk up to your door and open with your key or keypad then walk up to where you have all your documents and show them to the camara an narrate what these are.

…”here is my business formation document where you can clearly see that it was filed with name and address and,
… here’s my driver’s license with my current address
…. And here are my business cards with my name and my address.”

Finish saying:

“This is all I have right now. Please verify my business with Google.”

End the recording and submit it to the Google verification platform. That’s it, it should be very short, they should approve it with it.

Please let us know if you have any questions, thank you!