St. David’s awards over $18 million in December grants

SDF Grant Announcement 2 - Edited

With Christmas just around the corner, several local nonprofits are feeling the holiday spirit, following today’s announcement of over $18 million in grants being made by St. David’s Foundation.

The Austin-based philanthropy focuses its winter grants on a number of key health-related areas: the area’s aging population; healthcare educational opportunities; women’s and reproductive health; and healthy activities.

Groups receiving funding range from Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE), to Meals on Wheels Central Texas, the Austin Parks Foundation, and the Central Texas cities of Luling and Lockhart for parks funding.

“With these important grants, we are delighted to be able to provide funding for several of our priority giving areas. Seventeen different groups who serve the elderly in our five-county region are receiving grants, allowing many low-income seniors to continue to be active and live independently,” said Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation.

He continued, “We’re also pleased to support a number of programs that help provide opportunities for healthy activity, such as Marathon Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the YMCA. We’re learning that being healthy means much more than access to care – it means access to a healthy lifestyle, and these grants aim to help everyone in our community to have these opportunities.”

The funding announcement came today at Conley Pavilion near Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, where the Golden Rollers program serves over 100 seniors, ranging in age from 50 to 94. Since its inception in September 2015, this program has provided training and equipment to enable seniors to enjoy time on the Boggy Creek trail, riding adult three-wheeled bicycles provided by the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative. The Golden Rollers program is receiving a grant of $236,116 from St. David’s Foundation to expand the program.

“It is exciting to see the enthusiasm of our older neighbors, who in some cases haven’t ridden a bike in years, when they learn that they can safely enjoy bike rides on the trail and to nearby destinations like the grocery store and the
Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer, activity center. It makes a huge difference in their lives – not only by increasing their physical activity, but also by being part of a peer group that reduces their social isolation,” said Andrew Levack, MPH, Senior Program Officer, St. David’s Foundation.

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

Total December Grants: $18,176,537

St. David’s Foundation Grants for the Healthiest Care

Capital IDEA
Path to Healthcare Careers for Low-Income Central Texans

Community Health Centers of South Central Texas Inc.
Van Donation and Support for Mobile Health Care Program

Huston-Tillotson University
Funding for St. David’s Foundation Scholars at Huston-Tillotson University

Smithville Community Clinic
Donation of Van for the Clinic’s New Dental Program

Texas Department of Agriculture
St David’s Loan Repayment Program (administration)

St. David’s Foundation Grants for the Healthiest People

AGE of Central Texas
Sustaining Care for Older Adults and Expansion of AGE Programs (Adult Day Health Center in Round Rock and New South Austin Location)

Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter
Outreach in Central Texas to Diverse and Rural Populations

Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area
Senior Prevention, Safety and Wellness Project

Austin Public Education Foundation
School-Based Mental Health Centers in Austin ISD

Austin Speech Labs
Effective Speech-Language Therapy for Senior Stroke Survivors & Senior Stroke Prevention

Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center Inc
The Brown Bag Program: Providing Groceries to Low-Income Seniors in Bastrop County

Central Texas Food Bank
Senior Nutrition Assistance Program

Creative Action Project
Wellness, Learning, and Community through Intergenerational Arts Programs

Drive a Senior – SW
Expansion of Drive a Senior’s Van Program and Extension into Hays County

Drive a Senior Network
Seniors in Motion Transportation Program

Ghisallo Foundation
Programmatic Funding, Expansion and Additional Equipment Needed for the Golden Rollers Senior Cycling Program

Healthy Futures of Texas
Operating Costs for Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute For Texas
Developing Effective Mental Health Policy for Central Texas

Meals on Wheels Central Texas
Holistic Services for Meals on Wheels Clients, Meal Program and Equipment Funding for Senior Centers

Meals on Wheels Central Texas (H.A.N.D.)
In-Home Care for Homebound Seniors and Launch of Fee-for-Service Model

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Juntos44 Program aimed at Addressing Health Disparities in the 78744 Zip Code (Dove Springs), East 7th Street Health Center Renovation Project

Round Rock Area Serving Center Inc
Senior Assistance Services and Salary for Case Manager

Senior Access
Basic Operations, Awareness Campaign and Expansion of Senior Transportation Program

Texas Ramp Project – Austin Region – $200,000 – Wheelchair Ramps for Low Income Seniors in Central Texas
The Caring Place
Senior Independence Program Offering Basic Needs Assistance and Case Management Services

The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education (GRACE) Fellowship Program

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
PATH Program: Documenting the Experiences of Underserved Women Navigating the Healthcare System in Late Pregnancy to 6 Months Postpartum

Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities, Inc.
Addressing Aging Issues: Food Instability, Malnutrition and Loneliness

Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas
Using Innovative Strategies to Reduce Teen and Unintended Pregnancy in Central Texas

Young Invincibles
Addressing Health Insurance and Contraceptive Access to Increase College Completion in Central Texas

St. David’s Foundation Grants for the Healthiest Places

Affordable Central Texas Inc
Support for Affordable Central Texas Program

Austin Parks Foundation
Austin Parks Revitalizations and Renovations

Bluebonnet Trails Community MHMR Center
Healthcare Partnership in Schools – Medical and Counseling Services at Bastrop ISD

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Support for Programs at New Home Club

City of Lockhart
Creation of the Town Branch Trail System

City of Luling
Park Improvements at Four Luling Parks

GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin
Support to Strengthen GAVA’s Work in Southeast Austin and the Rundberg Area to Improve Parks and Engage Neighborhoods in Physical Activity

Kaboom Inc
Stony Point Park & McDade ISD Elementary School Playground Projects

Marathon Kids
Improving Access to Activity in Austin’s Title 1 Schools Through Running Programs

Mobile Loaves & Fishes Inc
Bathhouses and Outdoor Kitchens at Community First! Village

YMCA of Austin
YMCA Project SAFE (Safety, Aquatics & Fitness Education) Program


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