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National Council of Nonprofits

January, 2018

With the goal of making Central Texas the healthiest community in the world, St. David’s Foundation is announcing grants totaling over $14.6 million aimed at addressing a variety of health-related needs right here at home this holiday season.

“Young or old, city dweller or rural resident, many of our friends and neighbors are in need of important services to maintain a healthy life,” said Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation. He continued, “We’re delighted to support so many effective local organizations who are helping to keep our neighbors and families healthy and active.”

Many in the elderly population seek to remain independent, and several agencies throughout the community provide services to make this possible. Grants of over $4.8 million to groups serving the elderly will allow many Central Texas seniors to remain active and healthy. One novel approach is being fostered by the Creative Action Project, where seniors provide tutoring and mentoring for low-income children at the Santa Rita Courts Affordable Housing Complex.

Also receiving funding is the Drive a Senior Network, and includes funding for both Austin and rural seniors. Mary Sue Clyne, Drive a Senior Network, said, “St. David's Foundation support has made it possible to launch the Drive a Senior Van Program. Many of our clients have outlived their friends and live isolated lives. The vans allow us to do large group rides to bring people together for socialization and get them to places like the grocery store so they can have healthy food choices.”

As the demand for healthcare grows in our area, well-educated professionals will be needed, and grants totaling over $1 million are being made to provide scholarship support for students pursuing healthcare-related education. It can be challenging for rural residents to find the healthcare they need, and several grants in this announcement are directed toward helping our rural neighbors and families.

Low-income children are another vulnerable segment of our population that benefit from services such as activity programs to prevent childhood obesity, provide proper nutrition and in general making it easier to be a part of our healthy, active community. The Foundation is awarding over $3.2 million for programs supporting healthy children all across Central Texas. Misti Potter, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin, said, “The support from St. David's Foundation over many years has been tremendous, and it has sustained our healthy living programs, which ultimately has ensured that we are able to provide equitable access to healthy living opportunities for young people.”

The Foundation is partnering with Keep Austin Beautiful, providing a grant of $225,000 to provide support for a “green school yard” at LBJ High School, including track and field improvements, shade tree planting, safety improvements, and increased community access points. The new area will be open to the surrounding community for recreation during non-school hours. Rodney Ahart, Executive Director, Keep Austin Beautiful, said “Many families are moving into the Northeast Austin area and there’s a deficit in access to parks and open space. These enhancements to the grounds at LBJ High School will be a great opportunity to utilize this campus as an asset to the surrounding community.”He continued, “Keep Austin Beautiful is extremely excited to partner with St. David's Foundation on transforming the LBJ campus to create a community healthy space.”

Below is a listing of all of the grants announced today by St. David’s Foundation.

St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthiest Care

El Buen Samaritano


HVAC and Energy Efficiency Improvement for Clinic

Huston-Tillotson University


Scholarships for Students Studying Healthcare

Specialty Care Initiative


Support for Access to Specialty Care in Rural Areas

Texas A&M Foundation


Scholarships for Students Studying Healthcare

Texas Tech Foundation


Scholarships for Students Studying Healthcare

University of Texas School of Social Work


Changing the Rates of Misdiagnosis in Psychiatry



St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthiest People

Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area


Senior Medication Interaction Safety Program

Austin Public Education Foundation


Integrating Health and Academic Data Systems in AISD

Austin Speech Labs


Intensive Communication Therapy (ICT) for Stroke Survivors

Austin Travis County Integral Care


Mental Health First Aid Program

Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry


Brown Bag Food Delivery Program Support

Central Texas Food Bank


Senior Nutrition Assistance Program

Creative Action Project


Wellness, Learning and Community through Intergenerational Arts Programs

Drive a Senior Network


Seniors In Motion Program

Faith In Action Senior Access


Transportation Program for Seniors and Funding for a New Van

Family Eldercare


Wrap-Around Services to Help Seniors Aging in Place, and Improved Security and Access for Building

H.A.N.D., Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled


In-Home Care for Seniors and Infrastructure Investment

Hospice Austin


Support for Low Income Client Care and G.I.F.T. (Giving Instuctions for Tomorrow) Program

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute


Core Capacity Support

Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties


Addressing Aging Issues: Food Instability, Malnutrition, Diabetes and Loneliness

Texas Pediatric Society


Pediatric Trauma Learning Collaborative

The Caring Place


Supporting Independence for Senior Clients

University of Texas School of Social Work


Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education (GRACE) Program and Telehealth Treatments for Depression with Low-Income Homebound Seniors

Women’s Health Initiative


Support for Postpartum Programs



St. David’s Foundation Grants for Healthiest Places

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area


Healthy Lifestyles and Scholarship Programming for Economically Disadvantaged Youth and a New Austin Area Club

Emergency Response Initiative


Disaster Relief Support for Small Central Texas Communities

Keep Austin Beautiful


Engage Austin Program, Creating Outdoor Recreation Space and Native Landscaping at LBJ High School

Marathon Kids


GAVA Program to Activate, Beautify and Improve Parks in South Austin

The Trust for Public Land


Healthy Parks Plan for Travis-Bastrop-Caldwell Counties

YMCA of Austin


YMCA of Austin Healthier Communities Program

YMCA of Greater Williamson County


M.E.N.D. (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) Program



Total December Grants: $14,629,358


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