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St. David’s Foundation Announces Grants of over $20 million, Including Financial Support for Healthcare-Related Infrastructure Needs

December 2016 Grant Announcements

Austin-- St. David’s Foundation announced today that it is awarding grants aimed at supporting future infrastructure needs at key charitable organizations, to meet the demands of Central Texas’ unprecedented population growth.

With $5.2 million in capital grants, St. David’s Foundation is extending financial support to many healthcare-related nonprofits who are facing a much greater demand for their services. Among these grants are funds for such projects as building out a facility for Meals on Wheels Central Texas; a new facility for Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ Community First Village; supporting creation of specialized housing for Austinites with mental illness with Austin Travis County Integral Care; and providing vans to transport seniors, among other efforts. (Complete list of capital grants below.)

“As our population grows, we are seeing an escalating demand for more healthcare-related services for our rapidly growing community. By partnering with organizations who are developing facilities and programs to address future healthcare needs, from mental health to homelessness to the needs of low income families, we hope to anticipate future demands and provide targeted solutions,” said Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation.

In addition to the capital grants, St. David’s Foundation announced over $15 million in grants to area nonprofits who provide a range of healthcare-related services to the community, providing support for preventative programs like Marathon Kids and the Sustainable Food Center; providing scholarships and grants for professionals pursuing healthcare careers, and those serving underprivileged populations, as well as for groups serving the elderly and families dealing with mental health challenges.

Dan Pruett, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Texas, said, “St. David’s Foundation is a powerful, compassionate advocate for the thousands of homebound older adults we serve. Thanks to the foundation’s amazing support of our mission, we are able to provide life- sustaining services to even more of our neighbors in need.”

He continued, “That’s vitally important because as an organization that serves an area with one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country, the demand for our programs increases every year. The funding we receive from St. David’s Foundation drastically reduces the number of clients on the waiting list for our free services. Meals on Wheels Central Texas, along with our 7,000 dedicated volunteers, deeply appreciate all that St. David’s Foundation does for our agency and for our community.”

Below is a listing of the highlighted Capital Grants, followed by a complete listing of all grants announced today by St. David’s Foundation.

Capital Grants announced today by St. David’s Foundation to support infrastructure needs:

  • Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE): $281,050 (Funding to assess future needs of facility)
  • Austin Travis County Integral Care: $1,562,000 (Funding to develop a clinic within a new permanent support housing site)
  • Coalition of Texans with Disabilities: $142,143 (Funding for development of new software to help manage in-home care services for seniors)
  • Drive a Senior Network: $109,578 (Funding for 2 new vans)
  • Meals on Wheels Central Texas: $928,975 (Funding for expansion of building to house employees of HAND – a new subsidiary organization)
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes-Community First: $1,200,000 (Funding for space to provide support services and wellness activities within Community First! Village)
  • Sustainable Food Center: $74,342 (Funding to upgrade equipment and technology)
  • UT at Austin School of Nursing $950,000 (Funding for current classroom renovations)
  • TOTAL CAPITAL GRANTS: $ 5,248,088



December Grants Total: $20,579,054


healthy aging

St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthy Aging

Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area $99,465 Senior Medication Interaction Safety Program
Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) $1,080,000 Support for adult day health care centers, caregiver education and services, health equipment lending, and early memory loss program
Austin Speech Labs $63,000 Intensive speech and music therapy to help stroke survivors regain communication
Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry $60,000 Brown Bag senior nutrition program
Care Communities $200,638 Support services for pre-seniors and seniors facing HIV and cancer
Central Texas Food Bank $113,204 Funding for HOPE program to improve food access for older adults
Drive a Senior Network $348,360 Support Volunteers in Motion transportation program for seniors
Family Elder Care $388,036 Support to fund aging in-place services including in-home care services, geriatric counseling, guardianship services, and service coordination
Meals on Wheels Central Texas $1,529,000 Support for Meals on Wheels Delivery Program, Congregate Meals at Senior Centers, and HAND In-Home Care Services for seniors
Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties $205,000 Senior nutrition delivery and congregate meal services
Round Rock Area Serving Center $300,000 Senior assistance and case management services
Texas Ramp Project-Austin Region $180,000 Wheelchair ramps for seniors in Central Texas
Capital Projects    
Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) $281,050 Funding to assess future needs of facility
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities $142,143 Funding for development of new software to help manage in-home care services for seniors
Drive a Senior Network $109,578 Funding for 2 new vans
Meals on Wheels Central Texas $928,975 Funding for expansion of building to house employees of HAND – a new subsidiary organization


healthy living

St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthy Living

Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area $700,000 Afterschool Healthy Lifestyles programming for youth; scholarships
Marathon Kids $700,000 For marathon (104.8 mile) running/walking programs for students in Title 1 elementary schools
YMCA of Austin $185,000 Mind, Education, Nutrition, Do It! (“MEND”) family-based childhood obesity intervention
Capital Projects    
Sustainable Food Center $74,342 Funding to upgrade equipment and technology


healthy living

St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthy Minds

Austin Public Education Foundation $3,145,723 Support for continuation and deepening of AISD’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program
Austin Travis County Integral Care $355,000 Support for expansion of Mental Health First Aid Program
Capital Projects    
Austin Travis County Integral Care $1,562,000 Funding to develop a clinic within a new permanent support housing site
Mobile Loaves & Fishes-Community First $1,200,000 Funding for space to provide support services and wellness activities within Community First! Village


healthy living

St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthy Futures

Capital IDEA $2,179,000 Training for locally in-demand healthcare careers
Huston-Tillotson College $300,000 Allied health careers scholarships
Texas A&M Foundation $400,000 Medical School scholarships for low-income medical students
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board $1,404,735 Public Health Corps Loan Repayment program
UT at Austin School of Social Work $206,000 GRACE (Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education) fellowship program
Capital Projects    
UT at Austin School of Nursing $950,000 Funding for current classroom renovations


healthy living

St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthy People

Central Texas Regional Blood and Tissue Center – “We Are Blood” $188,805 Funding to support the brand transformation to “We Are Blood”

St. David’s Foundation is providing $1 million to Amplify Austin 2017 in financial support for community wide Day of Giving

December Grants Total: $20,579,054

About St. David’s Foundation:

St. David’s Foundation believes good health returns great benefits to the community. Through a unique partnership, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from St. David’s HealthCare to help build the healthiest community in the world. The Foundation helps people in every corner of the community through signature programs and collaborations with more than 60 nonprofit partners. In 2016, the Foundation’s goal is to invest up to $75 million to connect thousands of low-income people to a full range of health services. Foundation signature programs include the largest scholarship program in Texas for aspiring health professionals, and the largest mobile dental program in the country. Other focus areas include safety net clinics, agencies serving older adults, mental health initiatives, and support for healthy living initiatives. For more information on St. David’s Foundation visit