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St. David’s awards grants to local nonprofits

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The St. David’s Foundation announced the first round of recipients last week for its COVID-19 recovery grants for area nonprofit organizations.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. David’s Foundation launched a $10 million COVID-19 recovery fund to support Central Texas nonprofits impacted by the pandemic. According to St. David’s, the foundation received over 300 applications for the first phase of funding. In Phase 1, 77 entities were selected to receive a total of $3.5 million in grants, 27% of which operate in Bastrop County.

These local organizations include Advocacy Outreach, Bastrop County Cares, Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team, Cedar Creek United Methodist Church, Communities In Schools and In the Streets Hands Up High Ministry.

Of the organizations that received Phase 1 grants, 66% are new relationships to the St. David’s Foundation, 36% are led by people of color, 31% specifically tailor resources to communities of color and 31% are located in or serve rural areas. The majority of the organizations serve basic needs, while 10% focus on healthcare and nine percent focus on social determinants of health, such as education and social connection.