Local Mission Grant Program

The First Pres Local Community Mission Grant Program is a process that awards grants to nonprofit organizations and ministries that care for and protect the vulnerable in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and Metro Detroit. We seek to provide pathways and opportunities for disadvantaged persons to become contributing members to society. We are particularly interested in partnering with organizations that meet basic human needs with effective programs and build communities. We value groups that tackle structural social inequities and are attentive to groups who engage in long-cycle solutions.

Local Mission Grant Program Needs Your Input

For the past 3 years, based on the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders (WCF) Community Needs Assessment, and a survey of a subset of the congregation, our highest priorities have been Homelessness, Hunger and Mental Health. Progress has been made in Washtenaw County on all 3 of these:

  • Many of our chronically homeless residents have been housed, and improved programs are helping to decrease and prevent homelessness;
  • Food Gatherers has grown and partnered with many schools and centers throughout our county to make sure healthy food reaches more people.
  • In 2017 voters passed an 8-year millage for improved access and more effective mental health care and substance use treatment;

There is still much work to be done, with these and many other important issues in our community such as:

  • Racial and Economic Justice
  • Violence prevention
  • Aging,
  • Early Childhood,
  • School Age Youth,
  • Employment Assistance and Job Training,
  • Emergency Assistance and Coordination of Care

Please help us identify the issues you feel God is calling First Presbyterian Church to support. We will integrate those with the needs identified by WCF to guide priorities for the next 2-3 years of Grant Awards. Please fill out the survey below:

Local Mission Grant Feedback

Also, we need people to join the team that evaluates the grant applications in late March/early April and decides about the awards. Look for Martha Kershaw at Coffee Hour on January 6 and 13, contact Martha Kershaw at mdkershaw@sbcglobal.net, Rev. Jay Sanderford at jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org or Rev. Eric Koenig-Reinke at ekoenig-reinke@firstpresbyterian.org.

Questions?

Martha Kershaw
Local Mission Chairperson
mdkershaw@sbcglobal.net
734-663-5957   

Rev. Jay Sanderford
Local Mission Staff Liason
jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org

2018 Local Community Impact Grants Recipients

  • Breakfast at St. Andrew's
  • Food Gatherers
  • Fort Street
  • Hope Clinic
  • Riverside Gathering
  • Community Action Network
  • Corner Health Clinic
  • Cass Community Social Services
  • Habitat of Huron Valley
  • (IHN) Alpha House
  • Religious Action for Affordable Housing
  • Shelter Association
  • Peace Neighborhood
  • Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice/ICPJ
  • Interfaith Round Table
  • Friends in Deed

2017 Local Community Impact Grants Recipients

  • Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, House of Faith
  • Food Gatherers
  • Corner Health Center
  • Cass Community Social Services
  • Friends in Deed
  • Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice/ICPJ
  • Alpha House
  • Shelter Association
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow
  • Riverside Community Gathering
  • Hope Clinic Food Programs
  • Family Learning Institute
  • Washtenaw Housing Alliance
  • Breakfast at St Andrew's
  • Hope Clinic Mental Health
  • Dawn Farm
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Community Action Network
  • House By Side Road
  • Interfaith Round Table
  • Dispute Resolution Center
  • Safe House
  • Intentional Communities of Washtenaw

2016 Local Community Impact Grants Recipients

  • Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice/ICPJ
  • Interfaith Roundtable
  • Community Action Network; Project at Mitchell Elementary School
  • Peace Neighborhood Center
  • House by the Side of the Road
  • St. Andrew's Breakfast Program
  • Food Gatherers, Special Project
  • HOPE Clinic Food Pantry
  • Riverside Community Meal Program, Ypsilanti
  • Alpha House
  • Friends In Deed
  • Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, House of Faith
  • Religious Action for Affordable Housing
  • Shelter Association
  • Samaritan Counseling Center
  • Intentional Communities of Washtenaw
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow
  • Washtenaw Refugee Welcome