What are the SXSW Community Service Awards?
The SXSW Community Service Awards embodies and celebrates the spirit of community that we think is unique to SXSW. Each spring, five individuals and five organizations are recognized for their community service. Each honoree or organization will receive complimentary badges to SXSW, a $5,000 grant, and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community.
Individual Community Awards
Five individuals will receive a $5,000 grant to reward an eligible 501(c)(3) or eligible charity of their choice as well as a complimentary registration to SXSW 2018. The Community Service Award is intended to honor the breadth of community service work from a total of 5 individuals, rather than organizations or groups. SXSW looks for individuals whose creative community service work bridges the digital divide, impacts the community positively, and includes some degree of grassroots or hands-on organizing.
Organization Community Awards
Five organizations will be honored at the SXSW Community Service Awards ceremony in addition to receiving a $5,000 grant to continue or begin their work in community service. To qualify, an organization must be a charitable organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) or be otherwise qualified to receive charitable contributions.
This organization grant process is goal and outcome focused. We will ask all grantees to measure and report back the outcome of their work or project. These grants focus on hands-on solutions to community issues, especially where they improve the lives of the underprivileged or disenfranchised.
All applications are free of charge and must be received no later than 11:59pm PT on July 28, 2017.
SXSW Community Service Awards – Photo by Rob Santos