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Investing in a Healthy Community

2017 opportunity grants

St. David’s Foundation has launched Opportunity Grants to provide financial support for new approaches to improving community health.  We know that many factors outside of the healthcare system affect how healthy we are, and we seek proposals that include innovative, transformative ideas for making Central Texas the healthiest community in the world.  The Foundation defines health broadly, and considers proposals that address any aspect of improving physical or mental health and wellness, particularly among individuals facing health disparities in our community. Opportunity Grants are intended to support short-term projects that have the potential to lead to long-term, transformative impact, and may include (though not limited to) research, planning or testing of new models. Opportunity Grants are not intended to support ongoing operations or scaling up existing programs.

St. David’s Foundation Announces 2017 Opportunity Grant Recipients

We’re excited to announce the 2017 recipients of St. David’s Foundation’s Opportunity Grants. Aimed at providing funding for transformative new approaches to addressing health needs across Central Texas, these unique grants are being awarded for the second straight year by the Foundation. Grants for each of the ten recipients range from about $80,000 to $100,000 for two years of funding. Total funds provided for 2017 Opportunity Grants add up to almost one million dollars.

“Opportunity Grants allow St. David’s Foundation to explore fresh and exciting approaches as we work to make Central Texas the healthiest community in the world. We’re delighted to work with these innovative organizations to seek the best solutions for our area’s healthcare challenges.”
-Earl Maxwell, CEO, St. David’s Foundation

OrganizationProject DescriptionGrant Amount
Bookspring Pediatric Literacy Kits $100,000
Cardea Increasing Community Health Worker (CHW) Impact on Women's Health in Rural Communities of Central Texas $100,000
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, UT Austin Promoting positive parent feeding practices and healthy eating in young children: The unique role of grandparents $99,637
Forklift Danceworks My Park, My Pool, My City $100,000
Open Door Preschool Children With Special Needs: A Teamwork Approach $100,000
Seedling Foundation The Impact of Trained Volunteer Mentors on Building Resilience in Children with Parents Who Are Incarcerated $82,900
The Arc of Capital Area Inclusive Health: Closing the Health Promotion Gap for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities $100,000
UT Austin, Child and Family Research Institute Strategic Plan for Positive Sexual Health for Youth in Out-of-Home Settings $100,000
Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas Provider Toolkit for Client-centered Contraceptive Counseling in Central Texas $100,000
Wonders & Worries Next Generation Programming $100,000
  Total Grants $982,537