Community Grants

First Presbyterian Church is dedicated to providing a community grant-making program to share with the Richmond community some of the financial blessings that God has bestowed upon us.

The emphasis of the FPC community grant-making program is assistance to organizations that help meet the compassionate duties of a Christian as reflected in Matthew 25:35-36—for example, to feed the hungry, assist the stranger, clothe the needy, care for the sick and minister to prisoners. In determining how best to meet the needs of the Richmond community, the Community Grant-Making Ministry Team has historically categorized its recipient organizations into the following:

  • Elderly
  • Homeless
  • Medical
  • Religious
  • Youth

The ministry team recognizes that other special needs may exist that may not fall into one of these categories, but may be meritorious and worthy of funding (or meet a particular FPC commitment).

In evaluating specific programs, the Community Grant-Making Ministry Team has typically sought positive responses to the following questions:

  • Does the program fulfill a compelling human need within one of the categories set forth above?
  • Where possible, does it seek to encourage recipients to take responsibility for their lives? "Bricks and mortar" capital campaigns are disfavored.
  • Does the program focus on the Richmond community?
  • Will FPC's contribution to the program have a significant and meaningful impact on the needs and budget of that program?
  • Will FPC's contribution impact a significant number of recipients?
  • Is the organization Christian or secular?
  • Are FPC members involved with the organization?
  • Will FPC's grant used for operating expenses?

Message to Applicants: The Community Grant-Making Ministry Team will award funding to community agencies for projects in the following general areas: the elderly, the homeless, medical, religious, and youth needs. Please read our statement of purpose before going further.

Directions: All applicant agencies must answer the questions and attach supplemental exhibits as requested on the Application Form for review by the Community Grant-Making Ministry Team. Agency applications received by February 20. 2018 will be reviewed by the Community Grant-Making Ministry Team during the period February 20-April 30, 2018. Award letters will be mailed out by April 30.

If you have questions, please contact Vaughan Aaronson, team chair.

Download the application form (PDF)

Here are some of the notes we've received from recipients:

Thank you for your generosity toward STEP (Strategies to Elevate People) and its work in Richmond.  Your gift enables us to continue to minister to empower those who are boundin spiritual and physical poverty in the Gilpin Court and surrounding areas.
Lots of exciting things are happening at CARITAS thanks in part to your loyalty to us!  Our Shelter program continues to evolve . . .  the Furniture Bank served more people than ever before . . . more than 300 men have completed the CARITAS work program . . .
Thank you so much to everyone with First Presbyterian Church for your generous contribution to help The Healing Place transform people's lives. Because of you, we can help our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of homelessness and addiction to reclaim their dignity.

2017 FPC Community Grants

After a thoughtful review of applicants, the FPC Community Grants Committee is pleased to announce the following 2017 grant recipients who serve the Greater Richmond area. Some organizations you may already volunteer with, contribute to, or serve on their boards. Others may be new, but of interest to you. Click on the organization link to learn more or directly click on VOLUNTEER to see how you can assist! We hope to form meaningful partnerships with some of these groups, offering not only financial support, but also “hands-on” involvement.

If you have questions, please contact Vaughan Aaronson, team chair. And let her know of your involvement with any of these groups!

ACTS - Closing the Door on Homelessness   VOLUNTEER

Boaz & Ruth - Restoring Lives and Communities   VOLUNTEER

CARITAS - Transforming Lives. Restoring Dignity.   VOLUNTEER

ChildSavers - Helping Children Be Safe, Happy, Healthy, and Ready to Learn   VOLUNTEER

Drive to Work- Restoring Driving Privileges   VOLUNTEER

Elijah House Academy - Christ-centered Urban School Community   VOLUNTEER

FeedMore - FoodBank. Meals on Wheels. Community Kitchen.   VOLUNTEER

Health Brigade - Exceptional Health Services for Those in Need   VOLUNTEER

Housing Families First -  Housing Stability and Support Services   VOLUNTEER

NAMI-Central Virginia - National Alliance on Mental Health VOLUNTEER

STEP Richmond - Education, Employmen,t and Christian Discipleship   VOLUNTEER

Virginia Supportive Housing - Ending Homelessness for Good   VOLUNTEER