Since launching the St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund in April 2020, the Foundation received more than 300 applications for the first phase of funding, demonstrating the significant and growing need within our region. In working alongside our community, equity guided our funding decisions ensuring that organizations receiving funding were reflective of the diversity found in the applicant pool and in our Central Texas region – specifically communities most severely and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Of the 77 organizations receiving Phase I grants, 66% represent new relationships for the Foundation and reflect our commitment to raise up nonprofits that are often overlooked by philanthropy, 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%.
Below, we invite you to learn more about the breakdown of organizations as part of the $3.5 million awarded in Phase I of the Recovery Fund.
Advocacy Outreach will use funding to support the basic survival needs of families impacted by COVID-19. The funding will also support education needs ranging from books to early childhood curriculum and associated postage to continue the organization’s work with family literacy participants who are now home bound.
Austin Area Urban League Inc.
Austin Area Urban League, Inc. will use the grant to support rapid relief and assistance for African American and underserved populations to offset financial hardship and provide basic needs support to those impacted by COVID-19.
Austin Chinese-American Network
Austin Chinese-American Network (ACAN) will use funding to support the basic needs of those in homeless shelters and youth centers, including hot meals and packaged lunches for children who have lost access to school lunches in the Austin metro area.
Austin Diaper Bank
Austin Diaper Bank will use the grant to support the increased need for diapers for low-income families in Travis and surrounding counties as a response to COVID-19.
Bastrop County Cares
Bastrop County Cares will use funding to help close equity gaps in health and education exacerbated by COVID-19. In addition, the organization will provide basic needs assistance for members of the aging community and families of children ages 0-4 in Bastrop County.
Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center INC
The Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center, Inc. has experienced a 59% increase in demand during COVID-19. The grant will support ongoing services to provide emergency food assistance and education.
Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team
Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team (BCLTRT) will use the grant to provide a citizen emergency hotline regarding COVID-19 updates and ordinances. In addition, they will continue services from local food pantries and H-E-B through the Bastrop County Senior Delivery Service and case management for utility/rental and employment assistance.
Black Mamas Community Collective (University of Texas Foundation)
Black Mamas Community Collective will use funding to support wrap-around services for Black pregnant and postpartum women in response to COVID-19. This includes intensive case management and culturally-relevant, trauma-informed individual and group mental health services.
Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T)
The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team will use funding to continue to manage its mask collection and distribution program, as well as provide food delivery, pharmacy pick-ups, and other services to those in need.
Book Boosters, Inc. will use funding to support a variety of emergency financial and social support services for low-income parents and their children in East Austin’s Crescent area who are facing evictions and/or food insecurity.
BRAVE Communities will use the grant to purchase bulk and discounted N95 masks, surgical masks and hand sanitizer for donation to medical responders and community volunteers serving vulnerable populations.
Breakthrough Central Texas will use the grant to support its Student and Family Support Fund. Funding will address direct needs related to food security, housing stability, health care, mental health resources, and other emergency needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Broken Hearts And Calloused Hands
Broken Hearts And Calloused Hands will use funding to continue providing basic supplies and food support to individuals and families experiencing job-loss, health issues, and/or limited transportation in the community as a result of COVID-19.
Caldwell County Christian Foundation
Caldwell County Christian Foundation will use funding to provide food assistance to the organization’s existing and new clients.
Caritas of Austin
Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit committed to preventing and ending homelessness for people in Greater Austin, will use funding to continue providing housing support and health services to those in need.
Casa Marianella, an organization committed to serving and helping homeless immigrants achieve self-sufficiency, will utilize funding to provide basic needs, such as food and shelter, and case management to its constituents.
Cedar Creek United Methodist Church
Cedar Creek United Methodist Church will use funding to supply the United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry with 10 months of non-perishable food for the community.
Center for Child Protection
The Center for Child Protection will use the grant to continue to provide essential services to child victims of abuse and their protective families.
Central Presbyterian Church
The Central Presbyterian Church’s Rapid Response Team will use funding to decrease food insecurity, provide basic needs support, meet essential medical needs and increase equity in community health for the homeless in Austin.
Central Texas Food Bank
Central Texas Food Bank will use funding to advance its critical emergency response to provide support for those facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties.
City of Luling
The City of Luling will use funding to support relief programs and assistance for seniors, veterans, youth and those living with disabilities and on limited incomes.
City of Manor
The City of Manor will use funds to support partners providing local testing, PPE and programs to the community.
Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Communities in Schools of Central Texas will use funding to provide emergency financial support and basic needs assistance to students and families in Central Texas.
Communities in Schools of South Central Texas
Communities In Schools of South Central Texas will use the grant to purchase food, basic necessities and provide assistance to rural and at-risk populations in Luling, Texas, as well as support schools in maintaining contact with students.
Communities of Color United for Racial Justice (Allgo)
Communities of Color United for Racial Justice (Allgo), a solidarity-focused project that provides monetary assistance to families in the multiracial community, will use funding to navigate available resources for food, unemployment and rental assistance through community engagement.
Community Cupboard will use the grant to continue purchasing and providing food items for Central Texans on a fixed income, including hungry kids, single moms, families, and seniors.
Community Pathways Organization
Community Pathways Organization, in partnership with Liberty Hill School District and Operation Liberty Hill, will use the grant to support the newly initiated student supplemental feeding program, which will reduce food access disparities by feeding 150 students. The program will provide a bag of non-perishable food once per week to students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY)
The Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY) will use the grant to continue providing essential mental health services and case management to at-risk youth.
Dripping Springs Helping Hands Inc
Dripping Springs Helping Hands, Inc. will use funding to continue providing food and financial assistance for new and existing clients that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
El Buen Samaritano will use funding to support emergency food pantry operations and partnerships with local nonprofits to expand access to food. The grant will allow the organization to procure food, vouchers, PPE, and sanitation supplies needed during the pandemic.
Family Independence Initiative
Family Independence Initiative will use the grant to distribute one-time, unrestricted cash transfers to low-income Austin families experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis through the organization’s #GiveTogetherNow campaign.
Farmshare Austin will use funding to reduce food access inequities for low-income residents and SNAP users in Austin’s Eastern Crescent, Eastern Travis County and Western Bastrop County through its COVID-response Mobile Market Curbside Delivery.
Georgetown Caring Place
Georgetown Caring Place will use funding to meet its mission of providing for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way. Funding will support direct service staff salaries and provide immediate direct financial assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities and limited medical expenses to those directly impacted by COVID-19.
GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin
GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin (GAVA) will use the grant to provide direct cash assistance and expand healthy food access for those most disproportionately impacted by negative health outcomes in Austin’s Eastern Crescent.
Golden Age Home Assisted Living
Golden Age Home Assisted Living will use funding to offset the unexpected costs that have been and will be accrued due to COVID-19. This includes personal protective equipment, telemedicine platforms, cleaning supplies, health screening stations and additional staffing support.
Greater San Marcos Youth Council
The Greater San Marcos Youth Council will use the grant to continue operating its residential and non-residential programs, which provide support for abused and neglected children, as well as at-risk youth and their families.
Hays County Food Bank
Hays County Food Bank will use funding to continue to rescue, purchase, store and distribute food to Hays County households in need.
Hill Country Community Ministries Inc
Hill Country Community Ministries, Inc. will use funding to serve and provide food to those most in need during the pandemic through its ReThink Hunger program.
Hope Alliance will use funding to increase its staff and add a new hotline chat capability for families and individuals affected by sexual violence to accommodate increased demand for services due to “Stay Home Orders”.
HopeAustin will use the grant to continue providing essential meal kits – complete with a weekend’s worth of nourishment – directly to Central Texas students each week.
In the Streets – Hands Up High Ministry
In the Streets – Hands Up High Ministry (ITSHUH) will use funding to increase food capacity and purchase cleaning supplies for its Bastrop and Highway 95 drive-in locations. Additionally, funding will equip the organization with a ramp for handicap restroom access and a septic tank so at-risk individuals can be isolated in their homes.
Interfaith Action of Central Texas
Interfaith Action of Central Texas will use funding to support the safe and effective continuation of existing programs for local seniors, people with disabilities and refugee families, while also contributing to the basic needs of at-risk clientele.
Latino Healthcare Forum
The Latino Healthcare Forum will use funding to equip and coordinate Spanish-speaking community health workers with necessary tools to conduct critical outreach to communities who are largely at-risk for COVID-19 infection and are under-resourced and underserved in accessing mental health services.
LifeWorks will use funding to provide emergency assistance to youth and their families affected by COVID-19. Funding will be utilized to increase access to housing for homeless youth and to support the stabilization of recently housed youth.
Linc Austin Outreach
Linc Austin Outreach, an organization that provides basic needs and case management services to individuals experiencing homelessness, will use funding to support operations and purchase food and hygiene supplies.
Luling Area Ministerial Alliance
Luling Area Ministerial Alliance (LAMA) will use the grant to support operations and provide relief to those in the community who are experiencing food insecurities. In addition, the Luling Area Ministerial Alliance will also provide food deliveries to those that are home bound and support LAMA’s efforts of providing community assistance for utility, rent, medical and transportation needs.
Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman
Mama Sana Vibrant Woman will use funding to support an increase in staffing and services due to dramatically increased workload. Funding will enable Mama Sana Vibrant Woman to continue to support its clients emotional and physical well-being and better sustain its staff through this pandemic.
Mano Amiga will use the grant to expand COVID-19 relief efforts to the Spanish-speaking, immigrant, and criminal-justice-system-impacted communities in San Marcos and rural Hays County. This funding will support the translation and distribution of critical resource information, as well as programming to mitigate the negative health impacts of social isolation and supply emergency pantry items for families.
Meals on Wheels Central Texas
Meals on Wheels Central Texas will use the grant to offset the increased costs of food for existing and new home-delivered meal clients, as well as enroll additional seniors whose demand for services has increased due to COVID-19. The grant will also support general operating expenses and the “More Than a Meal” program.
Measure Austin will use the grant to launch the Travis County Girl Squad, a program for justice-involved teenage Black girls who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This program will help by providing reinforcements to combat the health and financial implications of COVID-19 on the Black community.
Micah 6 Of Austin
Micah 6 of Austin Texas will use funding to support increased demand for its twice-weekly food pantry and street youth “Drop-in Center.” Funding will also increase staff during the pandemic.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes Inc
Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc. will use the grant to support general operating expenses, as well as care for and meet the various needs of the men and women experiencing homeless in Central Texas and those living in the Community First! Village.
Multicultural Refugee Coalition
The Multicultural Refugee Coalition, a nonprofit creating livelihood opportunities for refugees through skills-based training and fair-wage employment, will use funding to continue employing refugee and immigrant seamstresses and farmers.
Operation Liberty Hill
Operation Liberty Hill, a Leander food pantry and thrift store, will use the grant to purchase food and personal hygiene items to meet increased demand by pantry clients.
Rebekah Baines Johnson Center
Rebekah Baines Johnson Center will use funds to increase staff capacity and purchase sanitation supplies and equipment needed to keep residents safe during the pandemic. Additionally, funding will be used to expand food access for the low-income, senior residents supported in its community.
Refugee Services Of Texas, Inc.
Refugee Services Of Texas, Inc. will use the grant to provide direct financial assistance to support rent, utilities, grocery and medical expenses of refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking and other displaced individuals.
Round Rock Area Serving Center Incorporated
The Round Rock Area Serving Center, Inc., a food pantry and social service agency assisting families across southern Williamson County, will provide assistance to households affected by COVID-19. Funding will be used to provide basic needs, such as food, shelter, utilities and medical assistance.
Saint Louise House
Saint Louise House will use funding to support intensive case management and provide housing and direct essential services to mothers and children experiencing homelessness as they weather the COVID-19 crisis, rebuild their lives, and achieve optimal health and economic stability.
School Fuel will use the grant to provide a weekend sack of food — complete with nutritious, shelf-safe, easy-open products — for children in grades K-7 within the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District.
Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry & Community Ministries
Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry & Community Ministries will use funding to cover anticipated expenses and staffing needs related to its COVID-19 response.
Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation
The Sickle Cell Association of Texas Marc Thomas Foundation will use the grant to support family stabilization. Funding will cover expenses to increase telework capacity, as well as providing basic needs and health and medical assistance.
Southside Community Center
Southside Community Center will use funding to continue its services impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak including transitional home sheltering for individuals and families, monetary relief for utility bills and housing costs, and housing rehabilitation programs for senior residents.
Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center
Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center will use the grant to purchase devices for telecommunication with health, social services, food services and distribution partners, as well as to procure health and hygiene products. Due to increased demand, funding will also support the expansion of short-term staff to support growing clientele and the need for services.
Survive2Thrive Foundation will use the grant to fund the program administration and management during COVID-19 and pay for temporary stays in safe, curated hotels in Austin for victims of abuse. The funding will also support food subsidies, local transportation options, telecounseling and advocate support.
Texas Center For Child And Family Studies
The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies will use the grant to provide immediate COVID-19-related resources to child, youth, and family service organizations. These resources include, but are not limited to, workforce stabilization tools, recreation and learning supplies, and protective and sanitation supplies.
The Barnabas Connection
The Barnabas Connection will use funds to continue to provide its telephone HELPline that offers information and assistance on a variety of crucial needs in Hays County and financial assistance for residents in the Wimberley Independent School District attendance zone.
The HATC Foundation
The HATC Foundation will use the grant to provide emergency financial assistance to 100 families affected by COVID-19. This includes $500 of unrestricted funds and financial capability coaching provided by BCL of Texas, Frost Bank, South Star Bank, and Bank CorpSouth.
The Junior League of Austin
The Junior League of Austin will use funding to purchase and address increased demand for nutritious food through its “Food in Tummies” program.
The SAFE Alliance (SAFE | stop abuse for everyone)
The SAFE Alliance (SAFE) will use funds to continue providing essential services to highly-vulnerable Travis County-area youth, adults and families experiencing sexual violence, human trafficking, and family violence. The grant will assist SAFE in addressing the severe threats to health and safety resulting from COVID-19.
The Salvation Army (TSA)
The Salvation Army (TSA) will use funding to ensure current clients living in housing avoid eviction and re-entry into its shelter, as well as to expedite housing for those living in its shelter by providing financial support for rent and utilities to regain self-sufficiency.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council Of Austin
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council of Austin will use the grant to continue its client services, food pantry and financial assistance program.
Todos Juntos Learning Center
Todos Juntos Learning Center will use funding to provide professional counseling services and support a new counseling office. Funding will also support costs for immigrants and refugees that have lost jobs, are disconnected from trusted sources of information, have a higher rate of COVID-19 in their communities, fear seeking healthcare, lack technology, and are isolated and anxious.
VELA will use funding to support underserved Spanish and English-speaking families of children with disabilities in Austin and surrounding communities. Funding will be used to provide education programming via virtual workshops and telehealth case management services.
Welcome Table Inc
Welcome Table’s Neighbor 2 Neighbor food and assistance pantry will use the grant to provide 10,000 food and diaper deliveries along with emergency rent/utility bill pay assistance for low-income seniors, immuno-compromised persons, and families with young children.
WhatsintheMirror will use funding to support its Connect to Care initiative – a program connecting communities of color, including LGBTQIA communities and persons living with HIV, to mental health services. Funding will cover a consultation and up to three clinical sessions for individuals impacted by COVID-19.
Williamson County & Cities Health District
Williamson County & Cities Health District will use the grant to increase capacity for contact tracing and case investigations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Funding will also increase free community testing for low-income and uninsured Williamson County residents.
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center will use the grant to provide a variety of resources to families impacted by COVID-19. Funding will be used to hire additional staff, purchase IT tools for telehealth services, and support basic needs, such as food, shelter, medical care and transportation.