St. David’s Foundation announced a $10 Million Fund in Support of Central Texas nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.
In response to the current crisis and unprecedented circumstances caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, St. David’s Foundation has launched a $10 million St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund: Lifting Up Central Texas Today and Tomorrow to support nonprofits impacted during this time.
The fund will provide grants supporting both the immediate and intermediate needs of nonprofits working on the front lines to provide emergency assistance to those in Central Texas’ most vulnerable communities.
Eligibility is open to 501(c)3 organizations within Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties to support the immediate and intermediate needs of those working to improve health and support members of the community.
Priority populations for this fund include older adults at risk of social isolation, women, children and vulnerable populations, with special attention given to rural communities. Direct service providers, such as those supporting essential healthcare, human services and food insecurity directly connected to COVID-19, are vital in this recovery effort and will be prioritized for funding through this initiative. The fund will also prioritize work related to other factors that impact health and wellbeing including telehealth, mental health and youth serving organizations.
“Across the world and in Central Texas, the effect of COVID-19 on the nonprofit community is truly existential. We are not just experiencing a short-term crisis, but, more profoundly, a long-term health issue with implications far beyond what any of us can imagine today,” said Edward Burger, Ph.D., president and CEO of St. David’s Foundation. “Through our St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund, St. David’s Foundation hopes to alleviate some of the needs of our community – both the urgent and eventual – as we look to stabilize and then rebuild. More than ever, we are strategically committed to the health and well-being of our community.”
The recovery fund is one of many relief efforts coordinated by St. David’s Foundation in response to the COVID-19 crisis. As of March 2020, the foundation has converted nearly $16 million in existing grants allowing for flexibility to fund general operating expenses for our grantees as they navigate the impact through this evolving and uncertain time. In addition, the foundation continues to evaluate communitywide, collaborative funds supporting COVID-19 relief initiatives to determine how to make meaningful and strategic impact within the Central Texas region.