Shelter with Spirit
Green Grants for Non-Profit Housing
Good Deeds


Shelter with spirit provides small grants to partner non profit organizations which are active in the construction and renovation of homes for the economically disadvantaged in Central Texas.

These grants are intended to enable needy families to avail themselves of green building technology consistent with standards established by the City of Austin “Green building program.”

For example, SWS may partner with a non profit community development corporation that is interested in using low VOC (volatile organic compounds), or no VOC paints, sealers and stains to ensure that the indoor air quality is more healthful for client families.

Make a DonationGenerally, grants require only an application form, a brief letter describing the project, and a budget with a budget narrative.  The application form will require the following information:

  1. Organization requesting the grant; including EIN information
  2. Name, address, phone, fax and e-mail address of the Project Director.
  3. Description of the project
  4. Location of the project (street address/city)
  5. Amount of the grant request (generally, not to exceed $500)
  6. Time period during which the funds will be used.
  7. List of other sources for funding this project.
  8. How this grant will provide for a healthier living environment, or how it will help to conserve energy, or conserve natural resources consistent with the City of Austin “Green building program” rating standards.
  9. Person who will be responsible for providing narrative reports on grant activities (typically, the Project Director); name, title, and contact information.
  10. Person responsible for receiving the grant check, and for providing financial information, in the form of financial reports of expenditures for the organization receiving the grant; that person’s name, title and contact information.
  11. Signature of the official authorized to sign grant requests for the organization; name, title, and contact information.
  12. Signature of the Project Director. 

Grant applications should be sent to the attention of Gary Citron, Shelter with spirit, 12044 Battle Bridge Drive, Austin, TX 78748-1949.

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After a grant has been approved by a majority of the Board of Trustees, the requesting organization will receive a check, issued by Shelter with spirit, within thirty (30) days after the Board approval of the grant application.

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