Through its 2020 COVID-19 Relief Fund, Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF) awarded $367,000 in grant funding to 19 local organizations providing support for Georgetown-area residents hard hit by the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus. The first cycle of grants was awarded in May; the second in September.
These awards are intended to support Georgetown-area individuals’ and families’ most immediate, basic needs and to assist safety net and health/human service organizations to sustain their operations. GHF’s COVID-19 Relief Fund grant partners and brief descriptions of awards are highlighted below.
Basic Needs: Food, Financial Assistance for Housing & Utilities
The Caring Place
- Operational expenses for direct financial assistance and food distribution to clients.
Opportunities for Williamson Burnet Counties (OWBC)
- IT infrastructure improvements to support OWBC’s programs, including Meals on Wheels and Community Support (case management for low-income residents).
Georgetown Backpack Buddies
- Ongoing food purchases for weekend food packs for income-qualifying Georgetown ISD students.
The Salvation Army
- Emergency financial assistance to Georgetown-area residents.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
- Utility assistance to Georgetown-area residents.
Meals on Wheels Central Texas
- Food delivery to Georgetown-area seniors.
Any Baby Can
- Assists Georgetown clients with housing, utilities, childcare, food, education, and technology to support their families’ educational, physical, and/or mental health needs.
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, TX
- Mortgage payment assistance for Habitat for Humanity homeowners.
Family Independence Initiative
- Emergency financial assistance for eligible Georgetown families.
Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center (WCCAC)
- Supports WCCAC families with emergency needs as well as transportation to weekly therapy appointments for families without a personal vehicle.
- Transitional housing for sex-trafficking survivors.
Helping Hands of Georgetown
- Home delivery and pick-up of prepared meals and pantry bags weekly to low-income Georgetown residents.
Safety Net – Childcare, Care for Homebound Adults, Education/Employment Assistance
Southeast Georgetown Community Council (SEGCC)
- Supports SEGCC’s pilot program, Facilities 4 Families, to give small cohorts of 3rd-12th grade students a safe, supportive, and supervised environment to learn remotely in under-utilized spaces in the Southeast Georgetown area.
Literacy Council of Williamson County
- Supports the Back to Work Georgetown program, helping adults earn GEDs or vocational certificates, get better jobs, and improve financial independence.
AGE of Central Texas
- Organizational expense support to continue to provide affordable care, guidance, education, and peer support for older adults and caregivers.
The Georgetown Project Bridges to Growth Parent Center
- Purchase of technology for loan to residents with limited technology for ESL instruction and/or other parental education.
Williamson County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)
- Infrastructural support for collaboration between Williamson County government, nonprofits, and churches to deploy essential resources.
Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown
- Childcare for essential employees.
- Intervention services to victims of family violence/sexual assault and support for counseling.