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.

PHASE II


We continue to listen and learn from those serving our community to identify the areas of greatest need and opportunity for support. In Phase II, St. David’s Foundation is soliciting proposals to address one or more of the following four priorities (for a more detailed overview of these Phase II priorities, click here.)

  • Behavioral Health and Emotional Well-being: Community and individual healing
  • Basic Needs: Essentials for every family during these times
  • Childcare: Supporting working parents and caregivers
  • Health Care Services: Preserving access

Within these priorities, we welcome proposals for proven approaches and programs, as well as for innovative, community-led approaches that offer creative and sustainable solutions to problems caused by COVID-19. Further, to ensure the voices of these communities are brought to the forefront, priority will be given to requests from organizations that:

  • Are led and informed by individuals who represent the populations they serve
  • Foster peer-driven change by placing individuals and families at the center and allowing them to define and lead for themselves the improvements they seek in their lives and communities, given that they are closest to the challenges they face
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other providers to best leverage and complement their organizational strengths; and
  • Cultivate mutual support among individuals and families by identifying and fostering opportunities for the exchange of shared knowledge and peer experiences to better distribute resources and offer a sense of trust and purpose to participants.

St. David’s Foundation believes that healing and recovery will require a deeper level of intentional involvement of the communities disproportionally affected by the health and economic crisis wrought by the pandemic.

While the Fund seeks to strengthen and support all of the Central Texas community, particular attention and priority will be given to supporting communities who are inequitably bearing the brunt of this crisis. This includes serving:

  • People of color
  • Refugees and immigrants (regardless of legal status)
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People with disabilities
  • LGBTQ communities

Based on community feedback, listening to and learning from local leaders and synthesizing data from trusted resources, we’ve heard an outpouring of need related to four key priorities: behavioral health and emotional well-being, basic needs, childcare and access to health care services. For a complete overview of Phase II priorities, click here.


The deadline for all Phase II applications was 3 p.m. CT on August 13, 2020. Please continue to check the COVID-19 Recovery Fund page for additional updates. Emailed, faxed, or mailed applications will not be accepted. Late submissions will not be accepted.


The lead organization/applicant must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a public entity in our Central Texas community (organizations located in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties). If your organization received a grant from Phase I of the St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund, you are not eligible to apply for Phase II. For more information please refer to “Eligibility Requirements” on this page.

Organizations applying for a St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund grant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization or public entity
  • Not discriminate against participants or job applicants on the basis of race/ethnicity, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or handicap, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status or veteran status.
  • Provide services in at least one of the following Central Texas counties: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson.
  • Have not received a grant from Phase I of the St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund.
  • Demonstrate reasonable financial capacity and oversight.
  • If your organization meets all other criteria but is not officially a 501(c)(3), a fiscal sponsor is needed to apply for this grant. Please note: if you have questions regarding fiscal sponsorships, please contact sdfrecoveryfund@stdavidsfoundation.org
  • Existing St. David’s Foundation grant partners (in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties) with an active St. David’s Foundation grant are eligible to apply.
  • We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)4, 501(c)5, and 501(c)6 organizations.

Yes. As part of the application process, our grants management team will request the draft form of the agreement used to document the fiscal sponsorship. There may be additional required documentation requested upon further review.


Funding limits for applicants are determined by an organization’s operational budget from the previous fiscal year. St. David’s Foundation will typically not fund more than 25% of an organization’s annual budget. In addition, the Foundation will implement the following ceilings on grant awards based on applicant organization budget size:

  • “Small” organizations, defined as those with an operating budget up to $300,000, are eligible to apply for funding up to $50,000 for 12 months.
  • “Medium” organizations, defined as those with an operating budget between $300,000 to $2 million, are eligible to apply for funding up to $100,000 for 12 months.
  • “Large” organizations, defined as those with an operating budget of more than $2 million, are eligible to apply for funding up to $150,000 for 12 months.

For those eligible, Phase II COVID-19 Recovery Funding will be unrestricted, general operating grants. Although the application requires a high-level project budget, this is to provide insight into your current plan for funds knowing that these uses may change as circumstances evolve. Grants to universities and municipalities operating without a non-profit partner are restricted to the purpose stated in the grant application.


The Foundation will prioritize nonprofits working on the front lines to provide emergency 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 nonprofits that work with priority populations, including older adults at risk of social isolation, women, children and vulnerable populations, with special attention given to our rural communities. Additionally, the Foundation has created an Equity Committee to review eligible applications and ensure that funding decisions are made equitably. Recipients also include those whose work prioritizes health and well-being including telehealth, mental health and youth serving organizations, as well as direct service providers, such as those supporting essential health care, human services and food insecurity directly connected to COVID-19.


The deadline for all Phase II applications was 3 p.m. CST on August 13, 2020. All applications must have been submitted within the grant portal. Emailed, faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Priorities and timing for Phase III are still being determined. We are committed to working closely with our community to assess evolving community needs and determine how the Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund can best support our most vulnerable Central Texas neighbors. This requires adequate time to listen and learn from our community partners.

GENERAL FAQ


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 COVID-19, St. David’s Foundation created the Fund to provide grants supporting both the immediate and intermediate needs of Central Texas’ most impacted communities by supporting those working on the front lines to provide emergency assistance during the 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. While the Fund seeks to strengthen and support all of the Central Texas community, particular attention and priority will be given to supporting communities who are inequitably bearing the brunt of this crisis.


The St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund will benefit nonprofits and public entities working on the front lines to provide assistance to those impacted by COVID-19. Priority populations for this fund include older adults at risk of social isolation, women, children, and vulnerable populations, with special attention given for our rural communities.

Further, we believe that healing and recovery will require a deeper level of intentional involvement of the communities disproportionally affected by the health and economic crisis. While the Fund seeks to strengthen and support all of the Central Texas community, particular attention and priority will be given to supporting communities who are inequitably bearing the brunt of this crisis. This includes serving:

  • People of color
  • Refugees and immigrants (regardless of legal status)
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People with disabilities
  • LGBTQ communities

For a complete overview of Phase II populations and priorities, click here.

To learn about Phase I grant recipients and their vital work in the community, please click here.


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 that 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 with Phase I, the Foundation’s Equity Committee will serve as part of the review process to ensure that Phase II priorities and process results in funding that supports communities experiencing the most disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is of utmost importance as we strive for a more equitable future for our Central Texas neighbors. Please visit the COVID-19 Recovery Fund Grant Recipients page of our site to learn more about the organizations selected for Phase I of the COVID-19 Recovery Fund.


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.


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.


Yes. If the lead organization/applicant is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a public entity based in Central Texas (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson Counties) and also provides services statewide, they are eligible for funding.


If you provide services to individuals living in Central Texas, you are eligible to apply. However, please note that funding will prioritize organizations based in Central Texas.


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

We are committed to working closely with our community to assess evolving community needs and determine how the Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund can best support our most vulnerable Central Texas neighbors. This requires adequate time to listen and learn from our community partners.


The Foundation recognizes the need for local nonprofits to have flexibility in responding to the current needs of Central Texans and determined it was vital to convert our grants, where appropriate, to unrestricted, general operating support to ensure the stabilization of day-to-day operations. In 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. In July 2020, we announced over $22 million in unrestricted, general operating grants to ensure that our grant partners could continue to provide the resources and services our community so urgently needs in the wake of COVID-19.

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.


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