Local Mission Grant Program

The Local Mission Team of First Pres is a group of committed disciples seeking to listen for God’s calling in this moment and in this community. The Local Mission team undergoes a process of discernment, paying attention to the needs we observe in our area and the organizations that are addressing those needs. We are particularly interested in partnering with organizations that meet basic human needs with effective programs and build communities and/or tackle structural social inequities as they engage in long cycle solutions.

Funding Guidelines for 2017 Local Community Impact Grants

Local Mission Grant Awards

  • In 2017, First Pres Local Mission will award up to 3 Impact Grants of UP TO $10,000 in at least one of the priority focus areas:
    • Shelter, Housing and Homelessness
    • Community Mental Health
    • Hunger, Food and Nutrition
  • In 2017, First Pres will award 12 or more Mission Grants ranging from $1,000- $5,000 to organizations that address any of the following eight focus areas:
    • Shelter, Housing and Homelessness
    • Community Mental Health
    • Hunger, Food and Nutrition
    • Emergency Assistance & Coordination of Care
    • Social Justice, Advocacy and Education
    • Refugee Care, Immigration Issues and Resettlement
    • Employment Assistance and Job Training
    • School-Age Youth

Project grants submitted should also meet the following criteria:

  • Be local in nature (Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and Metro Detroit)
  • Be associated with an organization with 501 (c )3 status
  • Not duplicate services already provided in the same area
  • Demonstrate potentially significant impact/outcomes

The deadline for First Pres Local Community grant requests is March 15, 2017. Grant awards will be made beginning April 24, 2017.

How to Apply

  • No hand written proposals.
  • Complete the Local Mission Community Impact Grant Application (Note: the 2017 application is now closed)
  • Submit one (1) copy of each listed document
  • Brief Cover Letter
  • Completed application form
  • Narrative Questions (3-4 pages)
  • Project budget
  • Organization’s budget for last year and this year, indicating percentage of income that is spent on programming, administration and fund-raising (annual report for 2015 and 2016 acceptable)
  • 501c(3) IRS designation letter or statement of a fiduciary relationship from your fiscal agent
  • Current agency board roster
  • Submit the completed application by email to: LocalMission@Firstpresbyterian.org

Additionally, we will ask you to provide First Pres with a one-page six-month progress report by Sept. 30, 2017. Please share with us the effect of the grant and a story of transformation — including photographs and/or video recordings if available — to First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Ann Arbor via email or USPS.

For more information please contact:

Martha Kershaw
Local Mission Chairperson

Rev. Jay Sanderford
Local Mission Staff Liason

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