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St. David’s Foundation Announces $30 Million in Grants, Including $8 Million Toward Childhood Resilience


On June 27th, we held a celebration to announce our slate of summer grants – which total $30 million dollars! We gathered over 70 members of grant partner organizations at United Way of Greater Austin’s headquarters in East Austin for the event, which focused on the $8 million in grants going toward one of our newest focus areas:  childhood resilience.

Check out coverage of the event from Inside PhilanthropyKVUE, Community ImpactUnited Way’s Blog, Austin Business Journal and learn more about the organizations we’re funding.

An audience of over 70 grant partners joined us on June 27th at United Way of Austin for our grant announcement event.

A growing body of research, supported by the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, documents how childhood adversity can lead to diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, as well as social problems, including homelessness and domestic violence, later in life. Research also confirms that the best antidote to trauma and adversity is to build resilience – this is done by fostering healthy relationships and strong social connections, as well as developing individual coping strategies which can serve as buffers in the face of adversity.

A number of area nonprofits, including United Way for Greater Austin, are stepping in to implement programs to help support child resilience, and help children to better adjust to adversity and challenges. From lack of resources such as proper nutrition, to family upheaval and even homelessness, children can face overwhelming conditions which may affect their ability to succeed in life. Other groups receiving grants focused on child resilience include The Safe Alliance, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, and Austin Recovery (full recipient list below).


Ninety percent of brain development occurs by age 5.  Our earliest experiences shape our future physical, financial and emotional health.  As a community, the science is clear that we need to do all we can to support families, connect communities and create the conditions that foster neighbors helping each other.  This slate of grants seeks to set the stage for children to get the best possible start in 


– Kim McPherson, Sr. Program Officer


In addition to our child resilience grants, we also awarded grants in our Healthiest Care, Healthiest People and Healthiest Places focus areas, and added some new groups to the mix.  Our new grant to Children’s Defense Fund will fund an insurance enrollment program, Family Independence Initiative will be using our grant to help them implement their program for low income families in Austin, and Brighter Bites, will use our new grant to expand their healthy eating program at schools in Austin.

We’re so excited for all the recipients of our summer grants, and can’t wait to see how they use the funds to build programs that make a huge difference in our community!

St. David’s Foundation Summer 2018 Grants


St. David’s Foundation Grants for Childhood Adversity and Community Resilience:

The Safe Alliance$2,758,177
Any Baby Can$1,055,013
Austin Child Guidance Center$1,034,766
Austin Recovery$850,000
Council on At-Risk Youth$150,000
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center$585,608
Interagency Support Council of East Williamson County$417,000
Mission Capital$400,000
SIMS Foundation$195,000
Spirit Reins$255,000
United Way for Greater Austin$575,656

St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthiest Care

AIDS Services of Austin$798,311Comprehensive Oral Health Care Services & Medical Social Work for At-Risk and HIV-Positive Clients
Children’s Defense Fund – Texas$150,000Healthy Children = Healthy Communities Enrollment Program
CommuniCare Health Centers$1,393,697Integrated Behavioral Health and Dental Services for Uninsured Individuals in Hays County
Community Health Centers of South Central Texas Inc.$1,261,564Women’s Health OB/GYN Services & Operational Costs for the Luling Community Health Center, Serving Caldwell County and Surrounding Areas
CommUnity Care$1,372,665Community Provider-Vision Program
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission$1,398,717Primary and Behavioral Health Care at El Buen Samaritano’s Wallace Mallory Clinic
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians$345,500Preventative and Restorative Dental Care for Austin’s Low-Income Musicians
Lone Star Circle of Care$5,135,283Integrated Health Home at Lone Star Circle of Care
Manos de Cristo$86,186Dental Home for Underserved Central Texas Adults
People’s Community Clinic$4,250,000Integrated Health Care Services for Low Income Patients
Samaritan Health Ministries$100,000Primary Care Services for Low Income Patients.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children$100,000Specialized Prosthetic Devices for Children
Volunteer Healthcare Clinic$105,250Comprehensive Medical Services Program

St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthiest People

Any Baby Can of Austin, Inc.$1,055,013No Estás Solo and Children’s Hearing Aid Texas Programs
Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE)$300,000Capital Planning Grant for Expansion
Austin Child Guidance Center$1,034,766Building Child and Family Resilience Project
Austin Recovery$850,000Men’s and Women’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities$317,305Renovation of Consumer-Directed Services Workspace
Council on At-Risk Youth$150,000PeopleRox Violence Prevention Program in Austin ISD and Manor ISD
Family Independence Initiative$425,000Implementation of Family Independence Initiative’s Program for Low Income Families in Central Texas
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center$585,608Counseling, Advocacy and Prevention Services
Interagency Support Council of Eastern Williamson County, Inc.$417,000Rural School-Based Mental Health Program
Mission Capital$400,000Strengthening Organizational Effectiveness to Expand Collective & Aligned Impact in Central Texas: Changing the Child Welfare Ecosystem
People’s Community Clinic$508,928Tandem Teen Prenatal & Parenting Program
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas$900,000Women’s Health Program for Low-Income and Uninsured Women in Central Texas
SIMS Foundation$195,000Substance Use Treatment Program
Spirit Reins$255,000Creation of New Therapy Spaces for Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services for Low-Income Children and Families
The SAFE Alliance (SAFE | Stop Abuse for Everyone)$2,758,177Forensic Nursing, Advocacy & “Strengthening the Resiliency & Well-Being of Abuse Survivors” Project
United Way for Greater Austin$575,656Texas Family Connects – Travis County Evidence-Based Nurse Home Visiting and Resource Referral Program


St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthiest Places

Austin Clubhouse, Inc.$140,000Housing Support Services for Clients Diagnosed with a Mental Illness
Austin Public Education Foundation$550,000Nourishing Young Minds Healthy Eating Pilot Program Implementation in Austin ISD
Brighter Bites$150,000Brighter Bites Healthy Eating Program Expansion in Austin
Central Texas Food Bank$250,000Produce Access Initiatives for Low-Income and Food Insecure Households
Ending Community Homelessness Coalition Inc.$825,000ECHO Core Program and Permanent Supported Housing ACT Pilot Program for Chronically Homeless Individuals
Sustainable Food Center$250,000“Building Capacity for Change in the Food System” Program Addressing Barriers to Food Access in the Austin Metro Area
Wayside Schools$200,000Kid Appeal: Café-Line-Style Service with Choice Program
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing$308,000Children’s Wellness Clinic


Total June Grants: $29,897,626