SOCIAL JUSTICE - SHEPHERD'S GATE GRANT PROGRAM
Shepherd's Gate is a small annual grant program that supports nonprofit organizations that reflect our parish mission to serve people in need, to do justice where inequity exists, to stand for human dignity, and to promote peace. Income from Good Shepherd's annual International Festival, held on Labor Day, funds the Program. For information on applying for a Shepherd's Gate Grant, contact the parish office at (703) 780-4055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now Accepting Applications through April 11, 2014!
Local, national and international community-based organizations are invited to apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000. To be eligible to participate, an organization's program mission must fits one or more of the following categories:
- Serve the demonstrated needs of the subject community.
- Provide critical benefit to vulnerable individuals or families, particularly those in the low income bracket.
- Promote leadership opportunities, particularly among the poor and disenfranchised.
- Promote change to advance institutional entities, both public and private, that promote justice and advocacy for those in greatest need.
- The applicant must follow and meet all Policy Guidelines and Application Criteriato be eligible to apply.
- Download and complete the Shepherd's Gate Grant 2014 Application Packetbeing sure to include in your submission all components laid out in section II: Application Components and Required Information of the instructions.
- Submit all materials as laid out in the instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically or received in the mail no later than April 11, 2014.
Electronic Submissions: email@example.com
Director of Social Justice Ministry
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
8710 Mount Vernon Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
Award notification and distribution of funds will occur no later than May 31, 2014.
Recipients of Shepherd’s Gate Grants in 2013
Proceeds from last year's International Festival went to award grants totaling $28,000 to 10 amazing community-based organizations.
Your donations to the Festival also provided contributions to our local community partners: United Community Ministries, Progreso Citizenship and Literacy Center, and Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services. Thank you!
Congratulations to these grant recipients:
Alice's Kids (www.aliceskids.org) - to provide local children and youth with short term financial assistance for an immediate need.
Bethany House of Northern Virginia (www.bhnv.org) - to provide intensive counseling to women and children recovering from domestic abuse.
Carpenter's Shelter (www.carpentersshelter.org) - to benefit the David's Place Day Shelter for area individuals and families who are homeless.
Centreville Immigration Forum (www.centrevilleimmigrationforum.org) - to strengthen their Labor Resource Center helping match un- or under-employed immigrants with job opportunities.
Childhope Asia Philippines (www.childhope.org.ph/) - to provide early intervention and educational opportunities to street children in the Philippines.
Hopkin's House (www.hopkinshouse.org) - to finance textbooks for single mothers enrolled in job training and educational advancement programs at the center.
Iglesia Católica Miraflores - to complete the financing of a small church in a rural town in El Salvador.
OAR of Fairfax (www.oarfairfax.org) - to strengthen their Employment Bridge program helping ex-offenders regain skills and linking them to employment opportunities.
Our Daily Bread (www.our-daily-bread.org) - to provide farmers' market vouchers to their low-income clients.
St Joseph's HIV/AIDS Self-Help Group - (www.stjosephshg.com) to provide necessary medical equipment for testing and treatment in a rural Kenyan community.