Friday, November 16, 2012

Grant Programs For Churches!

Several local churches and nonprofits recently received aid for programs and construction from an Endowment Funding Program!

The philanthropic organization announced grants totaling more than $250,000 to eight local churches and nonprofit organizations, a small piece of the $98 million the endowment has distributed in its first two quarters.

Those grants will go toward a range of projects for six United Methodist churches as well as operational costs for a Children's Home and the Baptist Children's Home.

Two of the churches will use their grant money funds for a family life center and fellowship hall, respectively. The pastor of one of the churches said that their church's new fellowship hall, which will cost a total of $2.2 million, will seat 400 and feature a stage, kitchen, basketball goals and storage space! "It will provide more space for our congregation to assemble for fellowship. We hope it will impact the community and grow the church."

The church has also received an additional $100,000 from the endowment earmarked to make the facility environmentally friendly. Upon its completion the 12,000-square-foot facility will be a marvel of energy efficiency, using natural light, low-flow toilets and a number of other "green" features to minimize the building's effect on the environment.

The organization that funds these endowment grants, which have been handed out yearly since they were established go toward education, health care, child care and rural Methodist churches. The grants for the six churches came from a church division of the endowment's funding program.

Several of the grants, which range from $15,000 to $50,000, will go toward establishing or supporting church-sponsored after-school programs. One spokesperson has said that the endowment funds will go a long way toward supplying materials for the children it serves and will help underprivileged children be a part of it in the form of tuition aid. "It's going to make it possible for (families) who can't afford child care," she said.

One of the organizations that received the grant funding which got off the ground with the help of endowment funds last year, serves children five days a week between 2:30 and 6 p.m. and also provides all-day care during the summer months. The church applied for the grant last year and received a three-year commitment from the Endowment Program for $50,000 a year. Those funds have helped the church attain its goal of reaching out to families throughout the community.

For more information about this funding program or to see whether or not your organization is eligible to apply you can visit the website to find out more.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Are You A Woman Who Has A Dream Of Starting Her Own Business? Then This Grant Program May Be For You!

Since getting money for funding is the No. 1 obstacle women face in starting their own business there is a woman who has created her own program which will provide $50,000 in seed money to help start a business!

According to the website, the grant recipient will receive $50,000 to help start their own business. In addition this grant program will also provide the grant winner with a team of professional consultants which will include business and marketing plan assistance and also a professional writer and graphics designer!

This grant program is open to women who aspire to open a new business!

To enter:

  • applicants must submit a personal essay of 500 words or less describing themselves and why they think they would make a successful entrepreneur.

  • A preliminary business plan will also be required and should include:

    1. a description of the new business

    2. the consumer appeal to the new business

    3. a plan to implement the new business.

This grant program is open to women who are legal residents of one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia

at least 21 years of age or older, and who are not current business owners at the time of entry.

Void outside CA, MA, TN, UT, PR and where prohibited by law.

The Deadline to apply is December 15th!

Where to get more info: Guidelines, application instructions and program-specific contact information are available at their official website.

This grant program was started by a woman who has been a longtime supporter of women-owned businesses, starting from the late 1800s,

You can also check out the list of recently funded projects by going to this website

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Do You Need A Car For Work?

In some states there is an organization that has a program to help you get a car if you need one to travel to and from work. This program allows you to purchase a car for as little as $75 a month!

In order to qualify for this program you must:

  • Have no vehicle

  • Have your present job from six to 12 months

  • Be responsible for the upkeep of the car

  • Must not have drug charges or any major driving violations

  • Be employed for 12 months after receiving the vehicle

Please be advised that you will have to find out if this program is available in your state.This program is not available in some states, and qualifications vary from state to state. So, please be sure to contact this organization to find out if your state has this program available and how to apply.

You can find out more information and contact them via their website or by writing to their mailing address.