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.
- Nonprofits or public entities working on the front lines providing emergency assistance to those impacted by COVID-19, especially older adults at risk of social isolation, women, children, and vulnerable populations, with special attention given for our rural communities.
- Direct service providers, such as those supporting essential healthcare, human services, and food insecurity directly connected to COVID-19.>/li>
- Organizations that focus on other factors that impact health and well-being including telehealth, mental health, and youth serving organizations
- 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
- 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.
In each phase of funding, the Foundation based priority areas of funding on community feedback, listening to and learning from local leaders and synthesizing data from trusted resources.
- 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 email@example.com
- 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.
The Foundation prioritized 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 St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund was deployed in two phases and focused on immediate and intermediate needs for those most severely and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in Central Texas. Beyond the needs facing our community, we believe this public health crisis has created an extraordinary moment to call for greater and more equal health justice within our Central Texas community. St. David’s Foundation is committed to partnering with our neighbors throughout this time to continue this work and funding with through a COVID-19 lens.
Phase I prioritized immediate needs for those most impacted by COVID-19 including access to basic needs (e.g. food access, rent/financial assistance), healthcare (e.g. dental, mental and primary care) and factors which contribute to the social determinants of health (e.g. education and transportation). Of the 77 organizations receiving Phase I grants, 66% represented new relationships for the Foundation and reflected our commitment to raise up nonprofits that are often overlooked, such as smaller grassroots organizations and those in rural communities. Further, 29% of all applications received were from organizations led by people of color, and, among the final cohort of grant recipients, this increased to 36%.
Phase II prioritized four funding categories, including: behavioral health and emotional well-being, basic needs, childcare and access to health care services. Of the 116 organizations receiving Phase II grants, 59% represented, new relationships for the Foundation while 41% of funding supported behavioral health and emotional well-being, including: individual counseling, peer support, community outreach, parent education, youth development and community healing. Funding was prioritized for populations who are inequitably bearing the brunt of this crisis including people of color; people living with disabilities; people experiencing homelessness; refugees; immigrants; and LGBTQ communities. 82% of grant recipients specifically addressed the needs of at least one of these marginalized populations. Phase II funding also reflected a significant increase in grants for organizations led by (46%) or supporting (70%) people of color, compared to 36% and 31%, respectively, in Phase I.
In April 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. This community-led philanthropic fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak. Additionally, the Foundation pledged $50,000 to the Hispanic Impact Fund to support COVID-19 recovery efforts. 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.
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