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 2017 fund cycle is complete! Here are the recipients, as well as guidelines and tentative dates for next year.
2017 Outreach Grant Recipients
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 are now starting a program to provide supplies to day care centers as well. 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/
Pregnancy & Parenting Support Center: Funds will be used towards purchasing materials and implementing the Decision-Making Counseling Program. Pregnant clients are guided through education about the emotional, practical, physical, spiritual and financial realities of having a baby and of going through the adoption process. The center documented good success with this program in the past, but lost the materials in Ike, so will use this money re-start this program. http://www.cpscm.org/ https://www.facebook.com/pg/PregnancyCenter/about/?ref=page_internal
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. http://www.sunshinecenterinc.org/ https://www.facebook.com/Sunshine-Center-Inc-189286987767558/
Resource Crisis Center: Funds will be used to provide summer camp to the 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. https://www.rccgc.org/ https://www.facebook.com/RCCGC/
Moody Early Childhood Center: Funds will be used to purchase items needed to create “Kare Kits”, which will be distributed to the families of the students. The kits will include a wide range of cleaning, health, and hygiene supplies, as well as a Galveston health resource guide with information on local medical providers and Kare Kit instruction guide with a well-child visit schedule, immunization schedule (in English and Spanish), breastfeeding resources, medication dosing charts, and chemical mixing tips. This new early childhood center was opened last year to give all Galveston families the opportunity to enroll no matter their income so that Galveston children from newborns through 3 years have the opportunity to reach their full potential. http://moodychildhoodcenter.org/en/ https://www.facebook.com/MoodyEarlyChildhoodCenter/
Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market (GOFM): Funds will be used to support three programs. The FreshBucks program, wherein individuals using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly known as foodstamps) can receive double the benefits by being given matching dollars for up to $15.00 of fresh produce. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides free vouchers to families using WIC benefits and to subsidize the consumption of produce. The Free Community Cooking Classes Program started by offering these classes to with families receiving WIC and SNAP, but now they will open them up to the public. They are also going to team up with the Family Service Center to provide classes to the attendees of their parent education programs. http://www.galvestonsownfarmersmarket.com/ https://www.facebook.com/GalvestonsOwnFarmersMarket/
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!
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.
2018 Outreach Grant Tentative Dates
May 4: 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.