Get your employees and customers moving with Go Grant!
- Businesses that offer commute benefits can save money, better retain employees, and gain a competitive advantage.
- The GoGrant program provides financial assistance of up to $7,500 to employers within the Austin city limits to support sustainable mobility options.
- Movability is accepting applications for three types of projects – infrastructure projects, programmatic projects, and mobility planning assistance.
The application period for funding will open on November 1, 2022 and will close on January 13, 2022!
- Businesses or organizations applying must be located within Austin, TX city limits or ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction)
- Applicants must submit an application which will be evaluated and scored
- If awarded funding, each applicant must become or remain a Movability member
- If applicable, applicants must be able to have an agreement in place with the property manager to install infrastructure
- All projects that receive funding must be completed by the end of June 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must be located in the Austin city limits or ETJ. Very small businesses or organizations, those with up to 49 employees or less than $10 million in annual revenue, are eligible to apply for all three types of grants.
Businesses with more than 49 employees or above $10 million in annual revenue are only eligible to apply for planning projects.
2. Do I need to be a member of Movability to apply?
Your business or organization does not need to be an existing member, but must be willing to become a member upon receiving assistance funds. Annual membership for small businesses is $150, and for 501(c)(3) nonprofits the membership fee may be covered by our NPO Go! program.
4. Can nonprofit organizations apply?
5. If my business or organization receives funding, what reporting requirements must I meet?
To receive funding, recipients must agree to measure the impact of the project. This will typically require a measurement of pre-grant activities and a measurement of post-grant activities.
For example, if a business wants funds to discount dockless scooter trips, they should report on the number of scooter trips before the discounts were provided and then after the funds are spent, the number of scooter trips that were taken with the discount.
Movability will work with each business or organization to determine the best reporting metrics for each project.
6. Can I pay staff with GoGrant funds to manage our project?
No, funds may only be used to pay for material goods or the installation of those goods. Contact us if you have questions regarding a specific project.
7. Can I work with another business to submit a joint application? And do we get more funding if we submit a joint application?
Yes, you can apply a with a joint application. Depending on the project type you may be eligible for additional funds over the $7,500 grant cap. Contact us if you are considering a joint application.
8. Do I need to submit a match to be awarded funding?
9. Can I be awarded multiple grants?
A business or organization may only receive funding for one project per grant cycle. However, if you have several different projects in mind, you may submit a separate application for each project.
10. Can funds be used to pay for the installation of project goods?
Definitely! As long as the project infrastructure meets the outlined requirements of the program, you may use funding toward the installation of goods like bike racks, bike repair stations, and storage.
12. Who has received GoGrant funding in the past?
- AGE of Central Texas
- Austin Creative Reuse
- Austin Theatre Alliance
- Ballet Austin
- Cherrywood Coffeehouse
- Chez Zee American Bistro
- Front Steps Inc.
- Hillside Farmacy
- Inn Cahoots
- Something Cool Studios
- Urban Roots
- Young Voices of Austin
13. What is the definition of an infrastructure project?
These are projects where funding is spent on materials/goods that make active and micro-mobility more convenient for employees or customers. The outcome of the project needs to be a useful and permanent structure, fixture, or improvement. Examples of potential infrastructure projects include but are not limited to:
· Bike racks or lockers
· Bike loan program
· Repair station
· Designated parking for micro-mobility options
· Bike Stair Ramp (Runnels)
· Covered parking for bikes
· Bicycle oriented vending machines
· Shade structures for waiting for transit or ride hailing
· Water bottle filling station
· Skateboard rack
All projects with a physical component must include a provision for a small sign referencing Movability and GoGrant. All infrastructure projects must be compliant with city code and ordinances, and proper municipal permitting shall be followed.
Types of infrastructure projects that will not be considered:
· Beautification projects
· Construction projects that are not directly related to active or micro-mobility (placemaking, landscaping, lighting, security cameras)
14. What is the definition of a programmatic project?
Programmatic projects use incentives and policy to encourage use of active and non-drive alone transportation modes. Examples of potential programmatic projects include but are not limited to:
· Discounts/subsidies for mobility options
· Transit pass purchases for employees
· Micromobilty pass purchase programs
· Subsidized vanpools
· Gamification programs to incentivize active and micro-mobility options
· Education and/or marketing programs
15. What is the definition of a mobility planning project?
Mobility planning project funding is for focused professional services received from Movability. Please note that larger employers (more than 49 employees or annual revenue above $10 million) are only eligible to apply for this type of funding. Examples of Mobility Planning projects include but are not limited to:
· Survey employees and analyze their commute challenges
· Inventory available employer transportation resources and available and appropriate options
· Map employees’ origin and employment destination to inform programmatic recommendations
· Propose new strategies to mitigate employee challenges while meeting the employer/organizational goals