Behind St. David Foundation’s Record-Setting $10 Million Health Grant

Austin’s People’s Community Clinic (PCC) recently received a whopping $10 million from a central Texas funder we've been watching. St. David’s Foundation is an Austin-based grantmaker that is committed to making low-income Texans healthier.  

This is the largest single grant that St. David’s has ever awarded, and the funds will be used to expand and relocate to a new facility in northeast Austin. PCC has been around for over 44 years, providing healthcare services for the poorest Austinites. At its new facility, PCC will be able to double its patient capacity and provide care to an estimated 10,000 more underserved and uninsured patients. This expansion will allow for workforce expansion, adding approximately 125 new jobs in the next few years.

St. David’s Foundation grantmaking mission is to overcome the issues that impact wellbeing in Central Texas and provide residents with the best healthcare possible. It has been a long-time supporter of this particular clinic, making its first grant to PCC back in 1996. Founded in 1970, PCC is one of the most enduring independent primary care clinics in America. With this $10 million grant, St. David’s total support for PCC comes to $43 million.

St. David’s is an excellent foundation for grantseekers working in Texas healthcare fields to become familiar with. Grantmaking focus areas include safety net clinics, senior citizen agencies, mental health initiatives, and healthy living initiatives. Foundation funds also support the largest scholarship in Texas for aspiring health professionals and the largest mobile dental program in America. Health access is a big deal with this funder, which places a priority on funding organizations that provide direct program services to clients. Capital grants, such as this $10 million on to PCC, are also up for grabs, funding new construction, renovation, and infrastructure projects.

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To be eligible for a St. David’s grant, your organization must serve the counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson. Most of St. David’s grants are made for a 12-month to 24-month period. Healthy Minds, Healthy People and Healthy Smiles proposals are due January 15, with winners announced in June. Healthy Aging, Healthy Living and Healthy Futures proposals are due July 15, with winners announced in December. The “Healthy People” category, which includes primary care in community clinics, disease prevention and management services, and specialty care programs, has seen the most support in recent years.

To learn more about St. David’s Foundation health grantmaking in Central Texas, check out the foundation’s Grants Overview Page and How to Apply for a Grant Page. Here you can even find sample grant applications and budget templates to compare with your own.