Outreach Grants

The 2017 fund cycle is here! Please read this information carefully because there have been a few changes (noted in bold). The dates are at the bottom.

Background Information

The First Presbyterian Church has designated that certain portions of the income derived from its trust funds be allocated to outreach initiatives. These funds are to be administered by the Mission Ministry and approved by the governing board of the church, the Session.

The Mission of this project is guided by the scriptural reference in Matthew 25: 35-40.

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.

Guidelines

Projects that WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY are of two types:

1. Support for long-term projects that strive respond to basic life needs of those who reside on Galveston Island.

2. 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
  • Scholarships

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.

Outcomes
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.

2017 Outreach Grant Important Dates

May 5: 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.

Please click here for Letter of Intent

July 3: Full grant proposals due.

July 28: Applicants will be notified regarding funding decisions.

 Agencies awarded for the 2016 Grant Cycle

 The Galveston Diaper Bank (GDB):  Funds will be used to purchase diaper supplies. 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).

The Galveston County Food Bank: Funds will be used to help expand the Homebound Nutritional Outreach Program which entails a monthly delivery of 25 pound food boxes to eligible recipients. Program participants must be homebound, age 65 or older or disabled.

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.

Galveston Meals on Wheels:  Funds will be used to cover the food expense for approximately 740 prepared meals being delivered by volunteers to individuals who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to illness or aging.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Funds will be used toward Connect transportation costs. NAMI conducts monthly support group meetings and four annual social events. Those affected by mental illness wishing to attend events, but have no transportation will need to utilize the Connect van system.

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.

Pregnancy & Parenting Support Center: Funds will be used toward Decision-Making Counseling. Pregnant clients are guided through education about the realities of parenting: emotional, practical, physical, spiritual and financial consequences of having a baby.

Sealy Center on Aging: Funds will be used for educating older adults about fall prevention. They will be encouraged to engage in walking clubs and Tai Chi to help increase muscle strength. There will also be a series of “Lunch and Learn” seminars for seniors to hear more about factors associated with falls in and out of the home.

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.