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November 16, 2015
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved grants for the Fall 2015 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $860,750 will be made available to 16 charitable organizations the week of December 1, 2015. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia (www.helpendhunger.org)
Grants totaling $50,000 to America’s Second Harvest in Brunswick, Georgia to be provided in two segments: $25,000 to provide operational support for the Brunswick, GA warehouse in 2016 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2016. America's Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia was established in Savannah in 1981 to provide hunger relief services to 21 counties in coastal Georgia. The food distribution warehouse located in Brunswick, Georgia serves southeast Georgia including the four counties of Camden, Glynn, Brantley, and Charlton.
Board of Ordained Ministry (www.sgaumc.org/licensedandordainedministry )
A $21,000 grant to provide operational support for the S3 Program, which is designed to promote and sustain clergy excellence within the South Georgia Annual Conference. This represents the second year of a three-year commitment to this program. The S3 Program (Sabbath, Study, and Service) is a collaborative, small group, action learning project/experience designed to promote and sustain clergy excellence within the South Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC.
Camden County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)(www.camdencasa.org)
A $55,000 grant to the Camden County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Kingsland, Georgia to provide operating support for ongoing CASA programs and potential expansion into Charlton County. CASA is a statewide program, established in Camden County in 1997 to provide advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Camden County who have been placed in foster care. Advocacy services are provided through trained volunteers who are appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the child until the child is placed in a permanent and safe home.
Camden Community Crisis Center / Camden House (www.camdenhousega.org)
A $20,000 grant to Camden Community Crisis Center to provide operating support for one year. Camden House provides safety and support for people in Camden and Charlton counties who are victims of domestic violence, including sheltering and a variety of programs and services.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (http://cefofgeorgia.com)
A $30,000 grant to provide general operating support for Good News Clubs, a children's evangelism ministry, in Coastal Georgia. Good News Clubs are one-hour programs designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level in their environment. Bible lessons are presented using age appropriate materials and include songs, Scripture memory, a mission’s story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme. The Good News Clubs are in all ten public schools in Glynn County and plan to expand to all of the public schools in Camden County.
Communities In Schools (http://glynncounty.communitiesinschools.org/ )
A $45,500 grant to provide general operating expenses to include executive director salary support and support of a site coordinator position for the student support program at Glynn Academy. 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 to prevent at-risk students from dropping out of school.
A $32,000 grant to support a full-time volunteer coordinator and equipment to increase volunteers and financial support for various Faithworks programs. Specifically, the grant is to support the implementation of a three-year initiative called “Project Step-Up and Join”. The initiative will focus on the improving systems for volunteer recruitment, build new orientation and training materials, and develop donor recognition tools and communication materials. Faithworks is an ecumenical ministry that focuses on -- but is not limited to -- community healthcare services and poverty needs in Glynn County, GA and the surrounding Southeast Georgia area.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)
An $18,500 grant to establish a part-time FCA baseball position and part-time coordinator for FCA elementary Huddles in Camden County, Georgia. This represents the first year of a four-year commitment to this program. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an interdenominational organization promoting positive, Christian principles to individuals around the world. It conducts programs through over 200 field offices in rural, suburban and urban areas spreading the Gospel to young people in junior high, high school and college.
The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org )
A 50,000 grant to provide funding to build the capacity of the Gathering Place to increase and evaluate services, expand the number and diversity of students served, and access consultants, technology, and training. The Gathering Place was established in 1981 to provide youth-oriented Christian activities to local youth and to develop and deploy Christian leaders.
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)
A $75,000 challenge grant to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to support coastal GCN operations to build upon previous Momentum activities and develop an operations model that is financially sound and stable. This represents the third and final year of a three-year commitment to this program. 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.
Georgia Family Connection Partnership (www.gafcp.org)
A $50,000 grant to support Quality Rated incentives and bonuses for early childhood education programs in coastal Georgia. The Quality Rated program is a systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs. Many early learning programs do not have access to components that are identified as creating a more successful learning environment for children. Through the incentive program, early childhood education providers can receive tools and materials they need to improve their instructional practices and thereby elevate their quality rating levels.
Methodist Home for Children and Youth (www.themethodisthome.org)
A $49,488 grant to implement an organizational intervention called the "Sanctuary Model" to more effectively serve vulnerable children and families. This represents the third and final year of a three-year commitment to the “Sanctuary Model” program. The Methodist Home is an agency of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church that seeks to provide a healing, nurturing setting for children, youth and families in need through regional group homes.
Open Door Community House (www.opendoorcommunityhouse.org)
A $64,262 grant to Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia to support the organization’s fiscal year 2016 operating budget. Open Door is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Their mission is to meet the basic needs of and to empower low- to moderate-income people of Muscogee County, Georgia and surrounding areas. Services include, but are not limited to, case management for homeless women, programs for children, youth and senior citizens, a GED program, a transition home for women in crisis and a showering program for the homeless.
Remedy Project (www.theremedyproject.com)
A $50,000 grant to the Remedy Project in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support to serve the treatment needs of those suffering addiction in the Glynn County community. Begun in 2011, the Remedy Project is a faith-based addiction counseling and recovery program organized to serve clients in the city of Brunswick and other limited areas of Southeast Georgia.
The Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)
A $200,000 grant to the Together Coalition to provide seed funding for a unique collaboration called the Together Coalition to build community resilience in the Karamoja region of NE Uganda. This grant represents the final allocation of a 5-year partnership between the Together Coalition and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation. The Together coalition brings together four Christian agencies (Church World Service, MAP International, ECHO and SMUMCF) to carry out a joint development program. Together will work in Northern Uganda to serve the poor and marginalized while capitalizing on the core competencies of each organization. Through this integrated development program the coalition will mobilize active community participation where individuals, families and communities can take responsible action to improve their well-being. Community empowerment, holistic integrated development and spiritual growth are important dimensions of this joint venture. The goal of the program is to build community resilience in the region. Grant funds will be administered through a donor advised fund at the National Christian Foundation.
Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)
A $50,000 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2016. Wesley Glen is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves people with intellectual disabilities in central and South Georgia.
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 Families: Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference* of the United Methodist Church and/or programs in Southeast Georgia** 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/or programs in Southeast Georgia** that promote the spiritual, mental and/or physical well-being of adults and the elderly.
Christian Education***, Evangelism and Missions: Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference* of the United Methodist Church and/or programs in Southeast Georgia** 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 * and international**** services and projects for people in need.
Health, Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities: Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference* of the United Methodist Church and/or programs in Southeast Georgia** that provide research, treatment, or care in the fields of health, mental health and intellectual disabilities.
*Agencies are defined by the Board of SMUMC Foundation.
**SE Georgia is defined by the Board of SMUMC Foundation as Camden, Glynn, Brantley, and Charlton Counties.
***The definition of Christian Education is more specific to ministry and pastoral training than general education (i.e. K-12, preschool) in a Christian setting.
**** The current international focus is a project known as “Together”, which is a 5-year (2011-2016), multi-faceted project to improve health and development outcomes and build community resilience for the Karamojong people in Northern Uganda to cope with their environment. The SMUMC Foundation is not accepting any new requests at this time for international projects and programs.
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.