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.

If you have questions, please contact Missy Ryan, team chair (use MyFPC, or contact the church).

2020 Grant Information coming in early 2020!

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.

2019 FPC Community Grants

After a thoughtful review of applicants, the FPC Community Grant-Making Ministry Team, with approval by Session, is pleased to award $74,650 in grants to 19 organizations that 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.

We hope to form meaningful partnerships with some of these groups, offering not only financial support, but also “hands-on” involvement. Click on the organization link to learn more.

Homeless/Low Income - $41,650

Youth - $29,000

  • Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School - $7,000

  • Communities In Schools Richmond - $4,000

  • Riverside School - $1,000

  • Richmond City Young Life - $4,500

  • ChildSavers - $3,500

  • Strategies to Elevate People (STEP) - $9,000

Medical/Mental Health - $4,000

TOTAL - $74,650