St. David’s Foundation

OVERVIEW: The St. David’s Foundation is a Central Texas health funder that supports programs for older adults, health care education/careers, nutrition and physical activity, mental health, access to care for low-income residents, and dental services for children.

FUNDING AREAS: Aging, health, mental health, dental health, healthcare workforce, healthy food, rural communities, physical activity, women’s health, teen pregnancy prevention

IP TAKE: This is an approachable funder that encourages grantseekers to reach out to its program officers to determine eligibility.

PROFILE: Founded in 1996, the Austin-based St. David’s Foundation is a joint partner of St. David’s Health Care, which encompasses six hospitals, four surgery centers and two urgent care clinics in Central Texas. The proceeds of this partnership form the basis of the foundation’s grant distributions. With health-focused funding goals, the foundation collaborates with over 60 nonprofits partners in the area. The funder aims to “create healthier lives for all Central Texans by addressing the region’s top health challenges.” Grantmaking areas of interest include aging, health, mental health, dental health, healthcare workforce, healthy food, rural communities, physical activity, women’s health, and teen pregnancy prevention.

The foundation has three broad focus areas: healthiest people, healthiest places, and healthiest care. Care grants are focused on specialty care, dental health, healthcare workforce, health insurance enrollment and use, and strong safety nets. Healthy places grants include access to healthy food, housing wrap-around services, opportunities to be active, and rural communities. Finally, healthy people grants focus on aging in place childhood adversity and community resilience, teen pregnancy prevention, and women’s health.

The foundation invests approximately $75 million in the health of Central Texans per year. See a list of past grantees on the funder’s website. All grantmaking is focused on Central Texas. The foundation provides programmatic grants as well capital and non-recurring grants for construction and renovations.

The foundation accepts grant applications by invitation only. However, grantseekers can reach out to the program officers to determine eligibility for funding. There are two grant cycles per year, and the due dates are February 15 and August 15. Direct general inquiries to the staff at (512) 879-6600 or info@stdavidsfoundation.org.

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