Covid19 Recovery Fund Grant Recipients

Since launching the St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund in April 2020, the Foundation received more than 550 applications for Phase I and II, 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 pandemic.

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%. The selection process ensured that our funding would benefit and support the communities most severely and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

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.

Below, we invite you to learn more about the breakdown of organizations as part of the $3.5 million awarded in Phase I and nearly $6.5 million awarded as part of Phase II of the Recovery Fund.

Phase I Results

Phase II Results

Grant Recipients

Phase I

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. 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 (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 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 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.

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 (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 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.

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 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 will use funding to provide food assistance to the organization’s existing and new clients.

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 will use funding to supply the United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry with 10 months of non-perishable food for the community.

The Center for Child Protection will use the grant to continue to provide essential services to child victims of abuse and their protective families.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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), 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, 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.

he 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. 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 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 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 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 (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 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.

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 will use funding to continue to rescue, purchase, store and distribute food to Hays County households in need.

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 (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 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.

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, 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 (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 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 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 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. 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.

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, 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 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. 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.

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 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 will use funding to cover anticipated expenses and staffing needs related to its COVID-19 response.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 will use funding to purchase and address increased demand for nutritious food through its “Food in Tummies” program.

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) 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 will use the grant to continue its client services, food pantry and financial assistance program.

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’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 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 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.

Phase II

ACTS of Love Early Childhood Education Center will use the funds to reopen its childcare center to support teen-parents who are enrolled in high school.

Affordable Central Texas and Apartment Life will use funding to provide emotional and financial support for low-to-moderate income families living in multifamily communities in Central Texas. The grant will fund wellness educational programs, as well as outreach and engagement activities to create a sense of connection, in addition to providing direct financial assistance for basic needs.

African American Youth Harvest Foundation will use the grant to support its emerging Comprehensive Integrated Holistic Care model.

allgo will use funding to increase mental health services to community members suffering from the combined impacts of lost income and social supports due to COVID-19 and sociocultural oppressions including racism, anti-blackness, sexism, and heterosexism.

Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas will use the grant to support the enhancement and expansion of its A Better Me Wellness (ABM) program, which assists Black residents who want to make lifestyle changes to help prevent, or better manage, chronic disease.

American YouthWorks will use funding to provide individual and group mental health services to its youth participants, as well as food, utilities and rent assistance.

Any Baby Can of Austin will use the grant to enhance the behavioral health and well-being of parents, provide basic necessities to families in need, and preserve their access to services/telehealth by equipping them with digital access (data plans, Internet, and Zoom).

Art Spark Texas will use funds to provide inclusive and engaging activities to people with disabilities, family members and care partners. These activities include a series of multi-dimensional, live and interactive online courses, virtual meetings, and asynchronous, recorded classes.

Ascension Catholic Church will use the grant to continue delivering parent education, peer support groups and outreach activities for isolated youth of color, as well as provide and expand to virtual services and community healing activities.

Austin Asian Community Health Initiative will use funds to support its Community Health Navigation Program, which helps marginalized Asian American communities in Central Texas navigate and secure resources from local, state, and national support services.

Austin Black Physicians Association will use funding to support Austin Black Physicians Association (ABPA) operations and programmatic expenses, including outreach supplies, website enhancements, marketing materials, and administrative support.

Austin Child Guidance Center will use the grant to offer more therapeutic groups and workshops to the community, provide case management services to additional clients, expand outreach efforts to organizations outside Travis County (specifically those serving marginalized populations) and devote clinical staff time to serving clients from Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson Counties.

Austin City Lutherans will use funds to provide food for the Bread for All Pantry and rent assistance to those in need, including the working poor, persons experiencing homelessness, students, immigrants, the elderly, and the unemployed.

AGE of Central Texas will use the grant to subsidize general operating expenses to continue to provide crucial behavioral health and emotional well-being resources for older adults and their caregivers, including health equipment, hygiene supplies, peer support, consultations, caregiver education, and more.

Austin Health Commons will use funding to sustain the organization’s racial healing practitioners and operations, continue building Conscious Communities, deepen and expand individual and community healing through affinity circles, and continue connecting and aiding families through its COVID-19 Relief Program.

Austin Kids Can will use the grant to expand its original model of a high-quality afterschool social-emotional learning (SEL) program to include no-cost, engaging virtual learning options. The Virtual Learning Program will enable more students of color who are socio-economically disadvantaged and disproportionately experiencing hardships due to COVID-19 to engage in high-quality, meaningful programming.

Austin Pathways will use funding to support its 200 elderly and/or disabled public housing residents meet their basic needs. The grant will enable the organization to provide broadband access, devices, and trainings for virtual services, as well as a certified, resident Community Health Worker and a service coordinator.

Austin Public Education Foundation will use funds to continue supporting more than 80,000 AISD students and their families by supplementing access to food services, health programs, and remote learning.

Austin Recovery will use funding to support general operations of its addiction treatment and recovery support services.

Austin Tenants Council will use the grant to provide fair housing and tenants’ rights counseling, mediation services for low-to-moderate income renters, access to legally required health and safety repairs and resources for financial and legal support.

Austin Threads will use funds to provide a safe and nurturing shopping experience for teens (ages 12-21) who are homeless, in the foster care system, or in emergency situations. Each teen will be able to shop for two complete outfits, toiletries, five pairs of underwear, five pairs of socks, a backpack, a hoodie, and a pair of shoes, all for free!

Austin Voices for Education and Youth will use funding to provide case-management and rapid relief services to families in need of rent and utility assistance, access to healthcare, food security and other assistance navigating resources through its 8 campus-based Family Resource Centers.

Austin Youth Leadership & Counseling will use the grant to provide virtual programs to aid mental health and emotional well-being, as well as career and social service resource fairs.

AVANCE-Austin will use funds to assist client families with basic needs and provide counseling and supportive services for its staff.

Bastrop County will use funding to support residents in the rural parts of the county primarily related to COVID-19 relief, recovery and other population health efforts.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas will use the grant to support its One-to-One Mentoring Program, which provides at-risk youth and their families constant contact with mentors, individual case management and ongoing support for participating children, trauma-informed guidance/tools for mentors and expanded resource referrals for families.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas Inc. will use funds to subsidize activity and membership fees for 180 youth members for 12 months.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area will use funding to provide after school enrichment services for 2,500 youth at 28 Club locations during the 2020-2021 school year and summer.

Camp Fire Central Texas will use the grant to provide development opportunities to the most at risk youth at this time.

Capital Area Parkinsons Society will use funds to remotely engage its members through support groups, educational programming, social work services and social connection.

CASA of Central Texas will use funding to assist its leadership team to continue to design strategic innovations to ensure seamless delivery of programs and support for abused, neglected, or abandoned children.

Catholic Charities of Central Texas will use the grant to provide free and low-cost virtual counseling for Central Texans facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including depression, anxiety, trauma and loss.

Center for Survivors of Torture will use funding to provide intensive monitoring of client needs, technology resources for adult and child clients to continue counseling treatment, education, and appropriate COVID-19 information in a multitude of languages, and extended counseling hours.

Central Texas Allied Health Institute will use the grant to execute its COVID-19 Rapid Response project, which will provide essential workers that identify as persons of color, with free testing and direct social services assistance during the time in which they are quarantined.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Transition Hope (CPATH) will use funds to help its Pediatric Medical Equipment Closet and Family Grants Programs, which serve as essential resources to Central Texas families with children who have disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, and require medical equipment to maintain self-sufficient mobility.

City of Smithville will use funding to provide 69 residential customers and three commercial customers with $750 to alleviate their financial burden.

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities will use funds to support very-low-income, Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities and older adults to receive services and support for activities of daily living in their own homes.

CommuniCare Health Centers will use funding to continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Hays County and plan for future strategies to increase overall access to healthcare services.

Communication Service for the Deaf will use the grant to support the operation of a COVID-19 hotline serviced directly in American Sign Language to supply critical public health information and support needed in the wake of COVID-19.

Community Health Centers of South Central Texas will use funds to reinstate its full array of dental services and acquire equipment to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during dental procedures for both patients and staff.

Con Mi MADRE will use funding to provide social and emotional support to 1,306 participants through the implementation of its bilingual and culturally-relevant programs.

Connections Individual and Family Services will use the grant to continue to provide no-cost counseling and community-based substance abuse prevention services to vulnerable and at-risk youth within Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

CASA of Travis County will use funds to continue to advocate for youth who have been abused or neglected. This grant would specifically support a Teen Advocacy Specialist, who supervises 22 volunteers at a time assigned to teens’ court cases.

DJ Bling Foundation will use funding to provide educational support through the creation of “learning pods” for students who live in economically disadvantaged families/communities. These “learning pods” will provide students a safe environment to participate in virtual learning with access to stable internet connection, support from tutors or mentors, and food.

Dress for Success Austin will use the grant to support its Professional Women’s Group, a peer support group focusing on helping women retain employment and advance in their careers through motivation, mentoring, networking, and educational opportunities. This grant will ensure each woman has the peer support and social connection to retain employment during the uncertain and stressful time of COVID-19.

Drive a Senior Northwest will use funds to implement a new “Seniors on Call” (SOC) program for its isolated seniors. This program will include calling trees and access to virtual social groups (i.e. Zoom) for socializing to improve mental health and well-being and reduce isolation.

E4 Youth will use funding to expand its direct service programs that provide social emotional resilience support for adolescent youth being disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. The grant will also allow E4 Youth to expand professional level training and employment opportunities for college-aged youth of color.

Excellence and Advancement Foundation will use the grant to support primarily black and brown youth with emotional well-being and behavioral health services.

Faith Preschool will use funding to provide the same level of quality education that it had prior to COVID-19. It will also be used for additional cleaning supplies and services during the pandemic, to provide protective equipment to teachers, and help with teachers’ salaries.

Florences Comfort House will use funds to provide basic needs for the low-income residents of Montopolis, including food, toiletries, and personal hygiene products.

Forklift Danceworks will use funding to facilitate social connection and peer-driven community healing through its proven and innovative community-based art-making methods.

Foundation Communities will use the grant to provide basic needs, healing, and health care for its 6,000+ residents, as well as those within its financial and educational programs.

Friends of the Children – Austin will use funds to safely reopen its Clubhouse, which serves as a healthy, learning-friendly environment for 104 vulnerable children to pursue their studies when in-person schooling and other care options are inaccessible. The grant will also support the organizations professional mentorship program, case management support for each child and their family, and continued coordination with community partners.

Front Steps Inc. will use funding to transition individuals experiencing homelessness from the shelter and streets to stable housing.

Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) will use funds to maintain its pandemic-adapted services for girls and the delivery of activity kits to their homes.

Giving Austin Labor Support will use funding to increase staff capacity and maternal health services available for under-resourced families in Central Texas. The grant will provide economically vulnerable families with access to high-quality doula support, childbirth preparation, and maternal health resources.

God’s Way Christian Baptist Church Association will use the COVID-19 Recovery Funds to expand current programs to increase awareness about mental health and wellness, identify local resources, and connect families to resources to enhance the overall well-being and health in communities of color.

Goodwill Industries of Central Texas will use funds to support its Exploration Center, a childcare facility that offers a high-quality early learning environment to Goodwill Excel charter school students and community members.

Hand to Hold will use the grant to continue its early intervention mental health support for NICU families, as well as support the extension of programming for NICU families of color, including a virtual support groups for Black NICU families and an online community forum for Spanish-speaking NICU families.

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) will use funds to aid musicians in gaining access to affordable healthcare by assisting with insurance premium payments through its Premium Assistance Program.

Helping Hand Home for Children will use funding to subsidize the increased costs of childcare for children living at Helping Hand Home’s residential treatment center in Hyde Park and family foster homes in Central Texas.

HomeFront Fund – Get Shift Done will use the grant to provide wages of $15-$20 per hour to hospitality workers left jobless or underemployed by the coronavirus pandemic who work shifts at local non-profit food pantries.

Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers (HOME) will use funds to provide support to 37 elderly, low-income, vulnerable Austin-area musicians and entertainers impacted by the pandemic.

Institutio de Maria y Marta will use the grant to advertise its services via social media and contract Latina educators (psychologists, pastors, nutritionists) to design and deliver organizational programming, as well as produce educational materials and build an online support community.

Jeremiah Program will use funds to support Austin-area, single mother families living in poverty and experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic. The grant will enable the organization to provide virtual coaching and programming, as well as technology and infrastructure needed for virtual services, and onsite childcare and at-home early childhood resources.

Keep Austin Fed will use funding to expand its services and augment its existing distribution network.

Leander Educational Excellence Foundation will use the grant to extend existing mental health services to Leander ISD students and families most impacted by the pandemic. The funds will be used to hire a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor.

Literacy Council of Williamson County will use funds to expand its virtual education programs for adults most affected by the COVID-19 financial crisis. The grant will provide students access to technology for remote learning and subsidize instructor trainings and salaries.

Lone Star Circle of Care will use funding to provide greater access to telehealth services for patients requiring remote primary care and behavioral health services due to increased risk of COVID-19.

Mainspring Schools, a top early childhood program for at-risk children in Texas, will use the grant to subsidize reopening and enrollment expenses, enabling the organization to continue to serve high-need children and families in Austin.

Manos de Cristo will use funds to provide emergency food and essentials to low-income individuals and families.

Marbridge Foundation will use funding to ensure the safety and health of 265 vulnerable individuals—adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities—by supporting daily operations and purchasing essential equipment, including all essential PPE and sanitation equipment.

Mariposa Family Learning Center will use the grant to support up to eighteen families with a three-month subsidy for childcare costs at Mariposa through its “Pandemic Recovery Tuition Fund.” The Fund will exclusively assist low-income families, already strapped financially, to recover their economic standing as they return to work and school in the post-COVID-19 world.

Mary Lee Foundation will use funds to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for its direct care staff and clients.

Meals on Wheels Central Texas In-Home Care will use funding to provide in-home care to low-income seniors and adults living with disabilities in Central Texas.


MELJ Center will use the grant to help its current and new clients with basic needs.

Migrant Clinicians Network will use funding to fast track, pilot, and evaluate the implementation of a virtual mental health screening and referral service for Latinxs in Central Texas burdened by the COVID-19 crisis.

Misma will use the grant to provide financial assistance for childcare services to families in need, as well as to those who have fallen ill to COVID-19 and been unable to work.

Mission Capital will use funds to support local nonprofits prioritize and accelerate race equity and promote community healing.

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Scholars will use funding to partner with key community organizations and local pedagogical leaders to create a groundbreaking equity-driven social-emotional learning program for youth of color in Central Texas.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Texas will use funding to bring evidence-based, no-cost mental health programs to Central Texans. This grant will enable the hiring of a Peer Support Specialist, as well provide virtual support groups, classes, workshops, and programs for individuals, families and communities impacted by mental illness.

Northwest Austin Universal Health Clinic (NAUHC) will use the grant to provide recovery services from the pandemic, including technology for telehealth, home monitoring systems to enable remote self-management for chronic disease patients, and the purchase of a rapid flu testing system.

Out Youth will use funds to maintain and expand its individual counseling services via telemental health for LGBTQIA+ young adults, especially those living in rural or isolated areas.

Partners in Parenting will use funding to ensure parents served by its Community-Based Program are able to stay connected to peers and have the resources needed to reduce feelings of isolation and increase tools for the healthy development of their babies.

Partnerships for Children will use the grant to provide utility, rent, and food assistance to families of children currently identified by Child Protective Services (CPS) as needing support in these areas in order to keep the family intact.

Pavilion Clubhouse of Round Rock will use funds to grow and strengthen its ability to provide a peer-led and -driven community that enables persons living with mental illness to significantly reduce the devastating effects of isolation caused by mental illness through helping others.

People’s Community Clinic will use the grant to purchase and install an air purification system proven effective against airborne viruses and purchase HIPAA-compliant patient texting software, as well as hire a chronic disease nurse and purchase IT equipment for remote work.

Open Door Preschool will use funds to bring early childhood education to Austin families most impacted by COVID-19. The grant will enable the preschool to maintain compliance with CDC guidelines for group sizes, staffing restrictions and sanitation, as well provide direct tuition assistance, food assistance and basic need support to Open Door families.

Project Transitions will use funding to provide 24-hour health care in a residential setting to homeless people with HIV who are extremely sick and frail. The grant will ensure client access to ongoing HIV medical care through telehealth and in-person appointments.

Prospera Housing Community Services will use the grant to assist its residents struggling with job loss or economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to provide basic needs assistance, such as eviction prevention, food insecurity assistance, and health care and hygiene supplies.

Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services (RAICES) will use the grant to expand its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides crucial funding to vulnerable immigrant community members, particularly those outside of Travis County, who are experiencing financial hardship and housing insecurity due to COVID-19.

Sacred Heart Community Clinic will use funds to continue operating and providing its services to patients. The grant will subsidize general operating expenses, the hiring of a social worker, prescription medications, new safety/sanitation equipment for its dental clinic, and PPE.

Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care will use funding to hire two new team members to provide culturally competent mental health services for families who are inequitably bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seedling Foundation will use the grant to support its Mentor Program, which serves children who have been impacted by parental incarceration or deportation and disproportionately affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Seek Institute will use funds to support its Community Wellness Initiative, which seeks to provide mental-health support through group and individual teletherapy services, specifically for immigrants, the recently incarcerated, teachers, and the homeless.

The Settlement Home for Children will use funding to provide therapy and trauma-informed care to help children find access to healing during the pandemic.

SIMS Foundation will use funding to provide behavioral healthcare services to 1,000 of its clients, including counseling, psychiatric medication management, hospitalization and outpatient programs, treatment programs, and peer recovery coaching.

Smithville Community Clinic will use the grant to provide socially distant counseling sessions, advocacy and peer support to its clients, as well as behavioral health services to homeless women living at The House of Ruth.

Smithville Community Gardens (SCG) will use funds to begin a “Resiliency Gardening” program for the community. The grant will be used to purchase plants for SCG gardens and participants’ “Homegrown” gardens, as well as any tools needed to tend to their gardens. It will also fund the development of videos of gardening instructions and a Cooking Class series; a tool lending library for participants (and others) who may not have all the tools they need at home; and for professional services in marketing the program and SCG.

Smithville Volunteer Fire Department will use the grant for PPE and supplies needed to ensure the health and safety of the volunteers who risk their lives in emergency situations, as well as for informational materials for the general public and general operating funds.

Sustainable Food Center will use funding to continue to reduce financial, cultural, and geographical barriers to healthy food access through its Double Up Food Bucks program and farmers’ markets.

Texas Center for Local Food will use the grant to provide weekly boxes of fresh vegetables and fruits to lower income families with students in Elgin ISD grades K-12, as well as peer-to-peer learning and sharing of vegetable identification, cooking techniques and recipes.

Texas Health Action will use funds to provide grocery assistance for eligible patients experiencing increased food insecurity.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid will use funding to connect vulnerable, low-income renters, especially seniors, to each other and to other community organizations to combat social isolation and promote well-being during the pandemic.

The Arc of the Capital Area (The Arc) will use the grant to implement virtual services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring this population, who is extremely susceptible to isolation, remains safe and engaged.

The Friends of the Library Smithville Texas will use funds to launch six book club series, coordinated with SCC Behavioral Health Advocates, to connect participants with each other and with mental health services.

The Georgetown Project will use funding to partner with Simple Sparrow Care Farm to offer Trust-Based Relational Interventions through therapeutic care farm programs, as well as provide case management for homeless and/or at-risk youth.

The Other Ones Foundation will use the grant to support its Mobile Hygiene Clinic, which promotes social distancing and reduces travel in the homeless community by delivering essential services, as well as its Community Services Complex, which offers services to people experiencing homelessness at the State sanctioned encampment off Hwy 183.

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing will use funds to support the Social Resource Center at the Children’s Wellness Center, which serves as a welcoming hub to provide and coordinate social services and opportunities to families.

Truth Be Told will use funding to provide women at Lockhart Correctional access to mental health support and trauma-informed curriculum through a mail correspondence program. The grant would also enable virtual peer support programs for formerly incarcerated program graduates in Austin and across Texas who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Urban Roots will use the grant to partner with Vamos Austin to provide healthy, nutritious food to Dove Springs residents experiencing food insecurity with the distribution of pay-what-you-can produce boxes.

Via Hope will use funds to test a mobile app, developed in partnership with UT Austin, to enable individuals to seek peer support remotely. The grant will also be used to train peers at four central Texas pilot sites to provide online peer support and conduct an additional three sets of training.

Vivent Health will use funds to support its Consultation-Liaison Program, which provides immediate, brief telehealth interventions to patients in need of medical care and help manage challenges impeding maintenance of health/wellness.

YMCA of Austin will use the funds to provide financial assistance to low-income, underserved, and vulnerable families across Travis, Hays, and Bastrop, and support their access to YMCA preschool, full-day care with virtual learning support, Afterschool, and Summer Camp programs.

Youth Rise Texas will use funding to continue providing peer-facilitated restorative healing practices, leadership training and civic engagement to interrupt familial trauma for youth whose lives have been impacted by systems of criminalization and deportation.

YWCA Greater Austin will use the grant to support its Care Coordinators, Warmline service and counseling services.

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