COVID-19 Recovery Fund FAQ

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis to address relevant questions. To submit a question, please email sdfrecoveryfund@stdavidsfoundation.org.


The St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund is a $10 million recovery fund created to support 501(c)(3) nonprofits and public entities located in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties that have been impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.


St. David’s Foundation is strategically committed to the health and well-being of the Central Texas community. Recognizing the impact and unprecedented circumstances caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, St. David’s Foundation created the fund to provide grants supporting both the immediate and intermediate needs of Central Texas’ most impacted community members through nonprofits and public entities working on the front lines to provide emergency assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund aims to ensure that nonprofits and public entities on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis can continue operating today, so that their important contributions will be felt tomorrow. St. David’s Foundation hopes to alleviate some of the needs of our community – both the urgent and eventual – as we look to stabilize and then rebuild.


The St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund benefits community members most impacted by COVID-19 by providing assistance to nonprofits and public entities on the front lines. Data shows that the populations being disproportionately affected include older adults, people of color, low income communities, women, and children for whom distance learning is not easily accessible. Direct service providers, especially those supporting basic needs such as food insecurity and safe housing directly connected to COVID-19, are vital in the recovery effort and will be prioritized for funding through this initiative.


Across all of the Foundation’s goals and principles, we are guided by a commitment to achieve health equity. We believe all Central Texans should have the opportunity to achieve optimal health and there are no avoidable, unnecessary, or systemically caused differences in health status (due to age, ethnicity, gender, or geography). Eliminating health disparities cannot be accomplished without seriously addressing the underlying social determinants of health. This requires a prioritization of available assets to remove barriers and provide relief where vital resources may be lacking.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and compounded pre-existing inequities that manifest in all aspects of life from access to healthy foods to vital, preventative healthcare and services. This crisis has created an extraordinary moment to call for greater and more equal health justice within our Central Texas community, and we are committed to partnering with our neighbors to achieve healthy equity. This means removing barriers that create unnecessary and systemic differences in health status due to age, race, ethnicity, gender or geography. As part of this process, the Foundation has created an Equity Committee that reviewed eligible applications and ensured that funding decisions were made with the equity lens that we apply to all our work. Please visit the Recovery Fund Grant Recipients page of our site to learn more about the organizations selected for Phase I of the Recovery Fund.


To strategically coordinate resources, there will be more than one phase of the COVID-19 Recovery Fund as we work to better understand areas of need and the short and long-term impact of this crisis. The first phase has closed. Details on Phase I Grant Recipients can be found here. The next funding cycle application and deadline details are as follows:

Phase II: Application cycle opens on July 20, 2020. Deadline: August 13, 2020 3 p.m. CST.

Please note, we cannot accept late submissions.


Details on eligibility criteria will be provided ahead of the July 20th application date. We encourage you to visit the COVID-19 Recovery Fund page of our website for updates


If your organization receives funding in one phase of the grant cycle, you are ineligible to reapply for an additional phase of funding. If your application is declined, you may apply in more than one phase.


Following the announcement and distribution of Phase I funds, our team will be working closely with our community partners to understand how needs have evolved, where resources are most needed and how the work of St. David’s Foundation can be most effective in these areas. We encourage organizations to visit the COVID-19 Recovery Fund pages on the Foundation website for updates and future funding application details.


The Foundation prioritized nonprofits and public entities working on the front lines to provide assistance to those impacted by COVID-19 with immediate and intermediate needs. Using the equity lens that we apply to all our work at the Foundation, our recipients include organizations that work with older adults, people of color, low income communities, and women and children, with special attention given to our rural areas. Additionally, the Foundation has created an Equity Committee to review eligible applications and ensure that funding decisions are made equitably. Please visit the COVID-19 Recovery Fund Grant Recipient page for more details.


St. David’s Foundation will review applications in a timely manner and anticipates decisions to be finalized and communicated within six weeks of the submission deadline.


The St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund focused on immediate and intermediate needs for those most impacted by COVID-19 during the first phase of funding. Details regarding the long-term rebuild/recovery phase are forthcoming and are dependent on the changing needs of our community and progress made throughout the immediate and intermediate phases.


As of March 2020, St. David’s Foundation converted nearly $16 million in existing grants to allow for flexibility to fund general operating expenses for our current grantees as they navigate the impact through this evolving and uncertain time.

Additionally, on April 14, 2020, St. David’s Foundation pledged $250,000 to the All Together ATX Fund, a philanthropic partnership between Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin to aid in the relief and recovery of those working on the front lines of the pandemic.

The Foundation continues to evaluate community-wide, collaborative funds supporting COVID-19 relief initiatives to determine how to make a meaningful and strategic impact within the Central Texas region.


On April 14, 2020, St. David’s Foundation pledged $250,000 to the All Together ATX Fund, a philanthropic partnership between Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin to aid in the relief and recovery of those working on the front lines of the pandemic.

St. David’s Foundation continues to evaluate community-wide, collaborative funds supporting COVID-19 relief initiatives to determine how to have a further, more meaningful and strategic impact within the Central Texas region.


Across the world and in Central Texas, the effect of COVID-19 on the nonprofit community is profound. Many organizations are experiencing precipitous drops in fundraising and decreased revenue, while others are experiencing tremendous increases in requests for services due to layoffs and childcare needs. Recent survey results show 69% have experienced disrupted client and community services, with another 52% indicating a significant increase in demand for their services amid COVID-19. The need to support our most vulnerable populations – who in large part have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 – are more critical now than ever before. This is not just a short-term crisis but, more profoundly, a long-term health issue with implications far beyond what can be imagined. St. David’s Foundation hopes to alleviate some of these needs – both the urgent and eventual – through our COVID-19 initiatives as we look to stabilize and then rebuild.


In an effort to strategically deploy resources and meaningfully support our community, all decisions regarding funding are at the discretion of St. David’s Foundation. The Foundation may adjust resources as health equity needs evolve and the community adapts to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Media inquiries can be submitted to: media@stdavidsfoundation.org. A member of the communications team will respond as soon as possible to coordinate next steps.


Contact Information

COVID-19 Recovery Fund Information: sdfrecoveryfund@stdavidsfoundation.org
Additions to Resources Page:  info@stdavidsfoundation.org
Media Inquiries:  media@stdavidsfoundation.org