GHF Awards $950,000 to Local Health & Human Service Nonprofits through Annual Grant Program
Through its annual grants program, Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF) awarded $950,000 in grants to 21 organizations serving Georgetown residents. Awards were based on alignment with GHF’s priorities, focused on basic needs (food, shelter, housing) and social determinants of health, and will be expended from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
Social determinants of health (SDoH) are the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, and age that affect a wide range of health outcomes. Examples of SDoH include access to housing, mental health resources, childcare, transportation, and job training. The organizations and scope of work the funds will support include:
AGE of Central Texas – $30,000
AGE will serve Georgetown residents through several programs focused on aging in place, providing comprehensive support to seniors and their caregivers. Overarching goals are to reduce caregiver stress and increase social connection.
Any Baby Can – $30,000
Funding supports the Nurse-Family Partnership program, a home-visiting program that matches a nurse with a low-income, first-time mom, providing guidance and support from pregnancy to age 2.
BiG (Brookwood in Georgetown) – $25,000
Funds will offset BiG’s tuition costs for qualifying, Georgetown families.
Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown – $50,000
The Club provides childcare and out-of-school care for $25 per year per Club member. The grant award supports all aspects of the Club’s work.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas – $75,000
25 Georgetown families will receive rent/mortgage assistance and 3 months of case management.
Faith in Action (FIAG) – $50,000
Funding supports programs and operations to provide transportation and other ancillary services for homebound seniors age 65+ in Georgetown. FIAG prioritizes rides for healthcare, nutrition, and socialization.
Georgetown Backpack Buddies – $45,000
Funding offsets expenses for Backpack Buddies to provide weekend food packs to all eligible Georgetown ISD students during the school 2022-23 school year.
GT YMCA – $40,000
Funds will support the engagement of 750 Georgetown youth in camps, afterschool programs, swim lessons, STEAM, Rookie/Intramural Sports, and more.
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County – $50,000
Funds continue Habitat’s support of 245 Georgetown homeowners, as well as research on the impact of home ownership. This study will be conducted through a partnership with UT-Austin.
Hope Alliance – $50,000
Funds will support an estimated 229 Georgetown survivors of family violence and/or sexual assault through all of the organization’s programs, including counseling, case management, emergency shelter, and other basic needs.
Literacy Council WILCO – $20,000
Funds will support educational programs for Georgetown residents that lead to GED attainment, job-related credentialing, and increased income.
NAMI Central Texas – $20,000
Funds will underwrite NAMI’s leadership of the Williamson County Community Resource Coordination Group (CRCG). CRCGs are multiagency, county-wide groups in Texas that are designed to provide interagency collaboration and problem-solving for children, youth, and families in crisis.
Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties (OWBC) – $50,000
Funds will work to strengthen OWBC’s Community Services program, providing emergency financial assistance for utilities and case management to low-income households. The program projects to impact 1100 Georgetown residents over the next year.
ROCK – $50,000
Funds support ROCK’s operations to provide equine-assisted activities including therapeutic riding, speech therapy, veterans’ supports, and physical therapy.
Samaritan Center – $50,000
Samaritan offers mental/behavioral health counseling, integrative medicine, peer support, wellness education, and skills-building workshops. For Georgetown households living at 200% of poverty, they offer 6 free sessions then sliding scale ($10-$30/session). Funding supports mental health services to low-income, un- or under-insured Georgetown residents.
STARRY – $50,000
Funding offsets costs associated with free counseling and youth/parent skills training for an estimated 450 Georgetown clients in the coming year.
The Caring Place – $75,000
Funding supports rent and mortgage assistance for Georgetown households. From July 2021-February 2022, The Caring Place provided housing assistance to 760 individuals totaling $212,720.
The Georgetown Project (TGP) – $70,000
TGP offers programs that support children and youth from birth to young adulthood, from parent and childcare provider education to college and career readiness training. Funding supports several TGP programs as well as emergency housing for GISD students and their families who are experiencing homelessness.
Texas Baptist Children’s Home (TBCH) – $50,000
TBCH offers transitional housing, case management, financial/job readiness training, mental health counseling, transportation, and childcare to single-parent families facing hardship. They serve approximately 25 Georgetown residents with these comprehensive services year-over-year.
The Christi Center – $20,000
As a nonprofit devoted to supporting families struggling with grief due to loss of a loved one, GHF funds assist The Christi Center in providing peer support groups, training, and grief kits to local families.
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center (WCCAC) – $50,000
Funds will support parent education through Circle of Security, a curriculum designed to improve caregiver skills and mitigate unhealthy discipline techniques in families. WCCAC also offers community education for recognizing and reporting child abuse.