AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- South by Southwest® (SXSW®) announced the recipients of the SXSW Community Grant for 2017. Five charities are each awarded one $10,000 grant for continuing or launching community programs, for a total of $50,000 in grants. These grants reinforce SXSW's focus on community, helping creative people achieve their goals, and the belief that promoting good in local communities helps foster creative innovation. "The SXSW Community Grants reflect our continued goal of promoting the often unappreciated innovators who are moving the needle on social progress," said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. "This goal also drives much of the content that we stage in the Social Impact track of conference programming. Never has promoting community innovators been more important than now." SXSW Community Grants recognize solutions to local community issues, especially when they can improve the lives of the underprivileged or disenfranchised, as they relate to one of the following events in the SXSW family: Interactive, Film, Music, SXSWedu® and SXSW Eco®. In addition to a $10,000 grant for their qualifying program, winners will also receive two Platinum registrations to SXSW 2017 and registrations to attend SXSW Eco or SXSWedu 2017—whichever best fits their area of work. Grants are provided by the SXSW Community Fund and administered by the Communities Foundation of Texas. "The Community Grant program at SXSW has begun to take on its own shape in the second year," said Tammy Lynn Gilmore, Senior Conference Programmer. "It creates deeper connections with the themes of our conference as well as reflecting causes we care about, both in Austin and throughout our larger community." The 2017 SXSW Community Grant beneficiaries are listed below. SXSW arrived at these recipients through an application process and an outside selection committee working in conjunction with SXSW staff.