Spring 2009 Grants Announced

May 18, 2009

The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2009 Grant Cycle.  Grants totaling $819,800 will be made to 12 charitable organizations the week of June 1, 2009.  The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

Care Net Pregnancy Center (www.ourpartners.org)

A $45,500 grant to the Care Net Pregnancy Center to support operational costs for the Kingsland and Brunswick, Georgia Centers. Care Net is a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to advancing the sanctity of human life and sexual purity by providing abstinence education, free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and counseling for women with unplanned pregnancies.

Communities in Schools of Glynn County

A $60,500 partial challenge grant to Communities in Schools of Glynn County to provide operational support for “Focus Graduation 2012 and Beyond” in the 2009 / 2010 school year. $30,250 of the grant would be awarded initially with the remaining $30,250 provided as a challenge grant.  Communities in Schools brings adults into the schools to help address children’s unmet needs, providing a link between educators and the community.  The program provides before-school academic support programs, incentives, case management, parental engagement / family support services and on-site program coordination in hopes of preventing at-risk students from dropping out of school.

The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy of Glynn (www.ferstfoundation.org )

A $41,000 grant to the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy to provide funding for a program which partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to send out age appropriate books to children in Glynn and Charlton Counties ages birth to 5 years old at no cost.  Established in 2001, the goal is to assist every child in Georgia to be reading ready before entering kindergarten. The organization encourages children to dream through reading and encourages parent involvement to achieve early school success.

The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org)

A $24,000 challenge grant to the Gathering Place in Brunswick, Georgia to assist in the support of the operating budget for the Urban Ministry Development Program. The Gathering Place, established in 1981, is a multifaceted, youth oriented Christian ministry serving Glynn County. Specifically, the Urban Ministry Development Program will target “at risk” urban students grades 6 – 12 in Glynn County that may otherwise not have the opportunity to hear the Good News.  The purpose of the challenge grant is to provide the Gathering Place with the opportunity to attract new sources of financial support, specifically from the many churches in Southeast Georgia that benefit from the ministry programs. 

Safe Harbor Children’s Shelter, Inc. (www.safeharborshelter.org)

A $67,500 challenge grant to Safe Harbor Children’s Shelter, Inc. in Brunswick, Georgia to provide support for the Hamer House for Boys for fiscal year 2010.  Founded 18 years ago, Safe Harbor is a temporary shelter for runaway, homeless, abused and neglected youth. 

Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.  (www.wesleyctrs-savh.org)

A $75,000 grant to the Wesley Community Center in Savannah, Georgia to support the FY2009/2010 operating budget.  The Wesley Community Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church which serves children of all abilities, and has many programs and services to cater to the needs of low and moderate-income women, children, youth and families throughout Savannah and the surrounding area.

Glynn Community Crisis Center / Amity House  (www.amityhouse-gccc.com)

A $46,500 challenge grant to Glynn Community Crisis Center to support the first year of operation of Hope House in 2009 – 2010.  The Glynn Community Crisis Center provides emergency shelter and services to individuals and their children suffering from domestic abuse.  Hope House will provide a continuum of housing and support to families exiting the emergency shelter that are in need of additional services and collaboration with community resources to become self-sufficient.

Board of Ordained Ministry

A $7,800 conditional grant to support a Ministry Exploration Retreat for the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2009 focusing on young people, ages 15-20, providing insight into a career as a minister, children/youth director, program director, music director and other church related ministry positions. 

Society of St. Andrew (www.endhunger.org)

A $32,000 grant to the Society of St. Andrew to support operating expenses for the regional gleaning office located in Tifton, Georgia.  The Society of St. Andrew is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church which distributes millions of pounds of food annually to food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, churches for local distribution and individuals. 

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)

A $50,000 grant to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to develop a coordinated needs assessment for the region, further community collaboration and establish a “back-office” infrastructure to be shared among non-profits.  The needs assessment would be conducted in collaboration with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org)

A $10,000 grant to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to establish a community foundation to serve southeast and coastal Georgia.  This represents the fifth and final year of a five-year commitment to this project.  The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is a collaborative effort of several foundations, including the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, organizations and individuals created to increase the philanthropic capacity of coastal Georgia.  The community foundation is a creative, cost-effective and tax efficient way for people to invest in the local community and potentially will increase the amount of funding available to local nonprofits, create increased awareness of local nonprofits and community needs and improve the quality of life in southeast and coastal Georgia.

Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)

A $40,000 grant to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to continue the support of the establishment of a satellite center in Brunswick, Georgia to serve nonprofits in southeast and coastal Georgia.  This represents the fifth and final year of a five-year commitment to this project.  The Georgia Center for Nonprofits works to serve, strengthen and support local nonprofits by providing them with information, nonprofit management and business skills training, consulting, technology, insurance and employment services. 

Church World Service (www.churchworldservice.org)

A $320,000 grant to Church World Service to support an expansion of the Africa Initiative – Giving Children Hope Program in East and Southern Africa. This grant represents the ongoing support of a partnership between Church World Service and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation referred to as the Africa Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to protect the rights of and to provide support to orphans and vulnerable children living in the countries of Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, war and famine that they may be empowered to manage their own well being and the stability of their families, to participate in the social and economic development of their communities, and to live in the shelter of hope. The initiative will reinforce the capacity of and support the expansion of church and related organizations to build child-centered programs and networks.

The St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. was organized in January 2001 to support the charitable activities of the St. Marys United Methodist Church. Annual grant distributions will typically represent about 3% to 5% of the Foundation’s value. The Foundation awards grants twice each year, in the spring and the fall. Grant proposals are accepted year round. Proposals received from December 2nd to June 1st will be considered for the Fall cycle while proposals received from June 2nd to December 1st will be considered for the Spring cycle. Proposals to be considered must be related to:

Children, Youth and Family – Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) that promote the spiritual, mental and/or physical well being of children, youth and families.

Adults and Elderly – Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) that promote the spiritual, mental and/or physical well being of adults and elderly.

Health, Mental Health, and Mental Retardation – Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) that provide research, treatment, or care in the fields of health, mental health and mental retardation.

Christian Education, Evangelism, and Missions – Agencies of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs that equip God’s people for evangelism, programs whose sole focus is spreading the Gospel, and mission programs which seek to spread the Gospel through local southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties).

Additional information about the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is available on the Internet at www.smumcfoundation.org or by calling 912-510-9350.

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