St. David’s Foundation awards $28 million in grants to improve housing affordability and family health

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – The St. David’s Foundation has provided more than $28 million in grants to 48 central Texas organizations focused on affordability and housing, increased access to health services, and improved economic and educational resources. A total of 62 scholarships were awarded between January and August, officials said in a press release on Monday.

Regan Gruber Moffitt, vice president of community investments at St. David’s Foundation, told KXAN on Tuesday that she is excited by the work the grantees are doing today to address injustices and help build healthier, more prosperous communities in the future.

“I think what excites us the most is that there are current needs from individuals in our community that we face with obstacles in living their optimal health. And so many of our grantees provide direct services that help individuals today,” she said.

The St. David’s Foundation outlines five key concerns of its mission:

  • resilient children
  • Healthy women and girls
  • Older adults age in place
  • Emerging rural communities
  • Clinics as municipal hubs for health

She said her hope is that the foundation’s funding could help address the root causes of injustices across geographic regions, racial, ethnic, age and gender groups to help determine the best course of action going forward.

“We truly believe that it’s so important to both cater for the needs of today and to look at what will remove some of those barriers in the long term,” she said. “Having grantees and partners who understand this and work day in and day out is going to really transform our community.”

The Foundation sends out invitations to community organizations it works with to apply for its grants. From there, they mainly focus on the magnitude of the impact a given project can have.

“Obviously, it’s really important to us how many people are being served,” she said. “But are we also really looking at how much long-term impact this can have? Can this change the conversation about health equity in our community and ultimately change the systems within our community?”

Austin-based Foundation Communities executive director Walter Moreau said the nearly $5.9 million in funding they have received through the foundation will be invested in health programs and an affordable housing development currently in the works.

Foundation Communities offers everything from pantries and access to mental health resources to community fitness classes. In addition, the organization is building Parker Lane Apartments, an affordable housing development that will include a learning center, health clinic, pantry and other family-oriented resources.

“We don’t just want to offer a cheap apartment,” Moreau said. “We want to create a great community where people are proud of where they live and have opportunities right on their doorstep.”

Texas 2036, a nonprofit organization focused on data-driven policymaking, received a $50,000 grant to analyze and develop a detailed map examining uninsured Texans across the state. Charles Miller, senior policy adviser for the nonprofit, said about five million Texans are classified as uninsured.

The organization’s Who are the Uninsured? project will assess why some eligible residents remain uninsured and possible barriers to entry prevent them from getting insured. Through data analysis and interviews with uninsured Texans, they will then develop potential policies to submit for consideration in future legislatures.

The Austin Community Foundation, a 45-year-old central Texas organization, is focused on filling the opportunity gap in central Texas through affordable housing and economic security initiatives.

“We know that talent is evenly distributed across the region, but opportunity certainly isn’t,” said Mike Nellis, CEO of ACF. “Our goal is to support organizations focused on bringing economic security to everyone in this community.”

That core focus has become all the more critical given the affordability crisis plaguing central Texas communities. Nellis added that providing affordable housing is not just critical on an individual level, but a necessary priority for companies moving to the area who need a strong, localized workforce to support their business.

ACF received $1.2 million in grant funds that will be used to accelerate affordable housing efforts. In July, ACF announced it was partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build 150 permanently affordable homes, using those funds as part of that investment.

“We think we need all kinds of housing in all kinds of places in this region,” he said. “And the investment from the St. David’s Foundation allows us to work with nonprofit developers across Central Texas to accelerate the production of affordable housing that we so desperately need.”

Below you will find an overview of all funded recipients and their funding priorities.

  • 212 catalysts
    • Equity and mediation work
    • $130,000 grant
  • American Youth Work
    • Cedar Park’s Historic Hopewell Rosenwald School Restroom facilities and meeting space project
    • Grant of $231,429
  • Any Austin baby can
    • Continuum of parent support services
    • $1,092,000 grant
  • Austin Community Foundation
    • Affordable housing
    • Health Services for Women
    • Language access for mental health resources
    • $1,220,000 grant
  • Austin ways
    • A Digital Pulse: Connecting Communities to Better Health Project
    • $300,000 grant
  • Austin Public Education Foundation
    • Campus Connections project
    • $60,000 grant
  • district of Bastrop
    • Improving fairness in the Bastrop County project
    • $200,000 grant
  • Boys and girls clubs in the Austin area
    • youth development programs
    • $250,000 grant
  • capacity catalyst
    • 2022 Capacity Catalyst Growth and Sustainability Project
    • $75,000 grant
  • Central Texas Allied Health Institute
    • Pathways to Maternal Health Careers Project
    • $300,000 grant
  • Combined Community Action Incorporated
    • Project Meals on Wheels Rural Capital Area (MOWRCA).
    • $125,000 grant
  • Communities in Central Texas Schools
    • Headquarters and Learning Center resources
    • Integrated student support services
  • Community Econsult Network
    • Initiative to Reduce Health Inequality in Central Texas
    • Grant of $454,391
  • South Central Texas Community Health Centers*
    • Marketing project for capacity building
    • Project to build healthy communities in Bastrop and Caldwell counties
    • $515,000 grant
  • creative action
    • SPARKSPACE: Austin’s Center for Community Arts Education
    • $1,000,000 grant
  • E3 alliance
    • Pathways to Prosperity Initiative
    • $250,000 grant
  • Episcopal Health Foundation
    • Texas Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (TACHI)
    • $500,000 grant
  • Any Texan
    • Expanding equity, access and enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in Texas
    • $75,000 grant
  • Family care for the elderly
    • Building capacity for equity in employee retention and training
    • Improving the accessibility of Family Eldercare’s web-based resources
    • Grant of $118,261
  • founding communities
    • Parker Lane Apartments: Supported Families and Connected Communities Project
    • Resilient children and family initiatives
    • Senior services, ride offers
    • Grant of $5,869,200
  • Ghisallo Cycling Initiative
    • Independent Financial Audit
    • $11,000 grant
  • Austin give job support
    • Supporting the GALS Leadership Growth Initiative
    • $15,000 grant
  • half Helen Foundation
    • Program and operational support to transform Vision Care in Central Texas
    • $150,000 grant
  • Healthy future of Texas
    • Association of nonprofit organizations in Texas to serve young people, women, families and communities
    • Texas is poised for science-based sexual health education
    • $200,000 grant
  • Hill Country Township Ministries
    • Strategic planning and implementation efforts
    • $50,000 grant
  • Clinic of Hope
    • -Coordinated care program
    • Executive coaching and training
    • $76,000 grant
  • life’s work*
    • General operational support to strengthen youth self-sufficiency
    • Surge Funding to Respond to Austin’s Youth Homelessness Crisis
    • Grant of $2,430,024
  • Meals on Wheels Central Texas
    • Factor Health Medically Tailored Meal Study
    • $200,000 grant
  • mission capital
    • Capacity for Central Texas
    • $200,000 grant
  • Community Clinic
    • Tandem Teen Prenatal & Parenting Program
    • Grant of $1,099,508
  • Clinic of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Congregation
    • Access to health care and medicines
    • Steps to a stronger organization
    • $66,000 grant
  • Community Hospital Smithville
    • Common Good and Resilience
  • social flow
    • Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative: The Intersection of Brain Science and Race Equity
    • $159,592 grant
  • Social Welfare Fund
    • Austin 2030 initiative
    • $200,000 grant
  • swan songs
    • Fulfill musical last wishes
    • $30,000 grant
  • Texas 2036
    • In-depth study and map of uninsured Texans
    • $50,000 grant
  • Texas Association of Charitable Clinics
    • Capacity building by improving the operational capacity of TXACC
    • $75,000 grant
  • Texas Association of Community Health Centers
    • Integrating social determinants of health into center work processes
    • $100,000 grant
  • Texas Department of Agriculture
    • SDF Loan Repayment Program
    • Grant of $1,103,107.93
  • Texas health campaign
    • Transformation of the business model
    • $90,000 grant
  • Texas Health Institute
    • Promotion of basic services in Texas
    • $112,500 grant
  • Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing
    • Neurosequential Model Community Coordinator Pilot
    • Grant of $123,795
  • Texas Pediatric Society
    • Quality Improvement Planning Grant
    • $245,416
  • The SAFE Alliance
    • Strengthening the resilience and well-being of abuse survivors
    • $1,340,040 grant
  • Travis County
    • Broadband access gap analysis
    • $150,000 grant
  • United Way for the greater Austin area
    • Exemplary community initiative
    • Success of Six
    • Grant of $1,399,820
  • UpTogether
    • UpTogether Central Texas: Expanding the strengths-based approach
    • $1,380,000 grant
  • Vivent health
    • Austin HIV Medical Home Construction
    • Care coordination for HIV-positive and high-risk HIV-negative
    • Grant of $1,244,800
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