The First Presbyterian Church Galveston has designated that certain portions of the income derived from its trust funds be allocated to outreach initiatives. Once a year the outreach committee, a subcommittee of the Mission Ministry, reviews applications from interested non-profit agencies in Galveston, then makes recommendations for funding, which are approved by the Session, the governing board of the church. The Mission of this project is guided by the scriptural reference in Matthew 25: 35-40.
The 2018 fund cycle is complete! Here are the recipients, as well as guidelines and tentative dates for next year.
2018 Outreach Grant Recipients
We are proud to support all of these great causes and encourage you to follow the links to find out more about these wonderful organizations and how you can support them as well!
The Galveston Diaper Bank (GDB): Funds will be used to purchase diapers and wipes. GDB provides items to collaborating non-profit agencies who serve low-income families. In order for a client to receive such items, they must first attend a variety of free classes to assist families in becoming more upwardly mobile (such as job readiness). They have also started a program to provide supplies to day care centers. http://galvestondiaperbank.org/
Nia Cultural Center: Funds will be used toward the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program for low-income children and youth, ages 5 through 18. Youth and their parents will be engaged in programming that will result in the child’s increase in reading development, improvement in social/emotional development, all while reducing summer learning loss. https://www.facebook.com/niaculturalcenter/
Sunshine Center: Funds will be used for the Client Enrichment expenses for clients in their Day Habilitation Program. Participants are individuals who have mental retardation or other learning disabilities and will gain from the experiences this program offers, including personal goals and adaptive life skills for community living.
Resource Crisis Center: Funds will be used to provide high-quality afterschool programs to children who are being served through their residential program. This will allow the Center to help support the mental, emotional, and social needs of children, as well as their maintaining their physical safety.
Moody Early Childhood Center: Funds will be used to purchase items needed to to stock their “Family Resource Center.” Last year they received a grant to fund their “Kare Kits” which included health and hygiene supplies. The creation of the Resource Center is in response to the feedback from the kare kits program.
Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market (GOFM): The funds will be used to support two very successful programs. The FreshBucks program, wherein individuals using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) can receive double the benefits by being given matching dollars for up to $15.00 of fresh produce. The Community Dinners and Cooking Classes are a way of promoting healthy eating with fresh food and a sense of community.
The Galveston County Food Bank: Funds will be used for costs associated with distribution of nutritional food to the Food Bank’s network of pantries, residential facilities and meal sites serving Island residents, including the Homebound Nutritional Outreach Program which entails a monthly delivery of 25 pound food boxes to eligible recipients. http://www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/
Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program: Funds will be used to help cover program participation costs for those who are in need of services, but financially unable. Participants are those who experience memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s or other physical decline causing social isolation. http://libbiesplace.org/
Galveston Meals on Wheels: Funds will be used to cover the food expense for prepared meals being delivered by volunteers to individuals who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to illness and/or aging. http://gimow.org/
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Funds will be used for their education classes, specifically their new program “Ending the Silence”, which aims to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. https://namigulfcoast.org/
Family Service Center (FSC): Funds will go towards implementation of the “Incredible Years” parenting workshops, with specifically focuses on parents of children ages 0 to 3 to enhance parenting skills during these children’s first few years of life, with the goal of reducing the likelihood for child abuse and neglect in this high-risk age group.
GUM (Galveston Urban Ministries): Funds will go towards the implementation of their very successful “Job Readiness Program.” This program helps adults obtain the documentation and skills needed to secure a meaningful and sustainable employment. They offer an intensive job training program which focuses on decision making, life skills, and job readiness. Participants also receive specialized individual help with resume writing, interviewing, job placement, and job retention.
Below are several important guidelines that will guide the Outreach Grant Fund Committee of the Mission Ministry in determining which proposals are funded and to what extent.
Projects that WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY are of two types:
- Support for long-term projects that strive respond to basic life needs of those who reside on Galveston Island.
- Projects that address gaps in social services not provided by other Galveston County agencies.
Although we are always looking for new project ideas that address needs in the Galveston community, we will now accept grant submissions for project activities that have previously been funded. Additional changes have been made so that an agency may continue to apply for funding for unlimited years. However, it is important to note that prior grant approvals does not guarantee future approvals.
Projects that WILL NOT be considered for funding:
- Support of secular arts/entertainment
- Grants to individuals
- Salary/personnel costs
Location of fundable projects
All Galveston County based agencies are eligible, however we ask that the project serve Galveston Island residents.
Duration of fundable projects
Funds are allocated for only one year at a time.
Preference will be given to proposals for which outcomes are clearly articulated and for which progress results can be provided. Interim progress reports are required 6 months after receipt of grant, and a final progress report is required 12 months after receipt of grant.
Size of fundable projects
The total allocation for all projects is approximately $50,000. In general, grant allocations amount to about $5,000 each. It is the desire of the Mission Ministry to fund a number of projects. Depending on the number of worthy projects, the amount may be smaller or larger.
2019 Outreach Grant Tentative Dates
May 3: Letters of Intent (LOI) due. LOIs must be submitted electronically as a single pdf document to: Outreach@galvpres.net Applicants will be notified about 2 weeks later regarding whether a full grant proposal will be requested.
July 2: Full grant proposals due.
Late July/Early August: Applicants will be notified regarding funding decisions.