Funding Opportunities


Health Starts at Home: Expanding Housing Wrap-Around Services and Supports

St. David’s Foundation is pleased to make available funds for housing wrap-around services and supports through this Request for Proposals (RFP). Projects funded through this RFP are expected to create the conditions that help low-income families and individuals living in affordable housing communities achieve self-sufficiency and/or stabilized health. The Foundation is interested in both expanding services/supports and exploring, with selected awardees, how best to design and deliver these interventions to achieve sustainable change..

This RFP marks the first competitively available funding released under the Foundation’s housing wrap-around supports/services focus area. The services and supports funded under this RFP focus on two, sometimes overlapping, goals: fostering self sufficiency and stabilizing health.



This RFP is open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public entities serving Central Texas (defined as Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, or Williamson Counties).

The Foundation plans to award up to $2,500,000 for this RFP. Funds requested can be for projects lasting up to 24 months, but projects of a shorter duration are also eligible for funding. There is not a minimum or maximum award size. However, to help guide the development of proposals, St. David’s Foundation expects, given the size of the RFP budget and likely number of proposals, that the average award under this RFP will be in the range of $100,000-$300,000.

Requests will be reviewed on a competitive basis. Selection criteria includes:
1. Meeting the eligibility criteria for this RFP
2. Responsiveness to the goals and objectives of this RFP
3. Clearly defined theory of change for the proposed scope of work
4. Demonstrated commitment to the Foundation’s priorities for the RFP, as described in this document
5. Potential for scale and sustainability of impact
6. Organizational capacity for success
7. Opportunities to better leverage other resources (financial or otherwise) or community assets
8. Other considerations, such as geographic distribution or target populations of awards

  • August 17, 2018:  RFP Issue Date
  • August 30, 2018:  Information Session (attendance is optional) Time: 9:30am – 11:30am / Location: St. David’s Foundation Innovation Center / RSVP:
  • September 28, 2018:  Proposals Due by Electronic Submission
  • Week of November 5th, 2018:  Awards Announced

Step 1: Click HERE to download the full RFP.

Step 2: Click HERE to be redirected to the application link.  On this page, you will be prompted to create a user account and password for your organization.  Once this is done, you will be able to access the application.

Programmatic Questions: Questions regarding the intent of this RFP or applicant eligibility may be directed to: Kim McPherson, Senior Program Officer,

Technical Submission Questions: Technical questions related to the online application submission may be directed to Vanessa Rocha, Grants Coordinator,




Communicating the Value of Coverage: Maximizing ACA Enrollment in Central Texas During Open Enrollment 6

St. David’s Foundation seeks the qualifications of experienced communications firms through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to rapidly design and implement a non-partisan, factual, and action-oriented campaign that is grounded in messaging evidence during the 2019 Open Enrollment period (OE 6). This campaign is a core element of the Foundation’s focus area to increase the rate of insurance coverage in the five county Central Texas region (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williams counties), and will amplify the Foundation’s belief that insurance is a key tool for population health improvement.

The envisioned campaign would use social/digital media and influencers, and may include traditional media, to reach residents in Central Texas communities with high uninsured rates. A successful campaign would 1) convey factual information to mitigate consumer confusion and 2) provide audiences with practical information about existing resources for signing up/renewing health insurance coverage.



No incumbent nor a preferred vendor has been identified by the Foundation. The ideal candidate will have experience with ACA enrollment communications from a prior Open Enrollment period while remaining tapped into evolving national ACA messaging research. Prior ACA work in a Federally Facilitated Marketplace state or region is a plus. The ideal candidate will have experience reaching and communicating with diverse audiences, including Spanish speaking audiences. Additionally, strong candidates will demonstrate savvy use of analytics to drive strategy and tactics. While knowledge of Central Texas communities is a plus, it is not a requirement and bidders from outside the state/region are welcome to submit qualifications. While St. David’s Foundation prefers to work with one lead firm, bidders may propose to subcontract with others that round out the strengths needed to implement a successful campaign. Both non-profit and for-profit communications firms are welcome to apply.

The project is on a rapid timeline of approximately four months, including planning and final reporting.

  • August 31, 2018: RFQ Release
  • September 21, 2018: Qualifications due
  • September 28, 2018: Selection made, all bidders notified of outcome
  • October 1, 2018: Contract period begins
  • October 1-October 12, 2018: Kick off meeting, background research, and planning
  • October 19, 2018: Campaign plan due to St. David’s Foundation
  • October 26, 2018: Campaign plan finalized
  • November 1-December 15, 2018: Campaign implementation with weekly or every other week check-in calls
  • January 15, 2019: Final report (qualitative and quantitative) due to foundation in both written and slide formats

By February 15, 2019: Debrief and reflection meeting in-person or by videoconference

Step 1: Click HERE to download the full RFQ.

Step 2: Submit all materials via email to Elizabeth Krause and Vanessa Rocha (see Foundation Contacts below):

Elizabeth Krause
Senior Program Officer, Health Insurance Enrollment and Use
St. David’s Foundation