WESTMINSTER COMMUNITY GRANT

Westminster Presbyterian Church offers assistance to local charitable organizations through its annual grant program. Since 2012, Westminster Presbyterian Church has given over $155,000 through 46 awards to local nonprofit organizations. The Westminster Community Grant represents an opportunity to both enhance support of current church partners and develop new relationships among area nonprofits. Funding for the Community Grant Program comes from the Local Mission Committee’s budget and through pledges and donations given by individuals during December’s Alternative Giving Bazaar.

The Westminster Community Grant is intended to provide area charitable organizations with one-time financial assistance for non-operational expenses. This could include an element required to start a new project or an unanticipated expense that, if fulfilled, can bring an existing project to a new level. Westminster focuses its local mission efforts around Children, Hunger, Education, Shelter and Self-Sufficiency; all applying organizations must demonstrate the project’s support of services linked to at least one of these areas.

Questions may be directed to Melissa Sellevaag, Community Grant Review Committee Chair, at [email protected].

A group of 15 people, men and women, young and old, facing the camera in two lines, smiling.

Representatives of the Westminster Community Grant recipient organizations on Community Grant Award Sunday in June 2018.

2018 Grant Recipients

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium

$3,000 for books for the 150 students enrolled in the tutoring program

Assistance League of Northern Virginia

$2,760 to supply weekend food bags for children at an Alexandria elementary school

Carpenter’s Shelter

$2,000 to support kitchen equipment and supplies related to the temporary relocation of the shelter

The Child & Family Network Centers

$5,000 to purchase needed classroom supplies to support the center in NAEYC accreditation

Just Neighbors

$1,850 to purchase two new computers to expand capacity to serve more clients

Neighborhood Health

$4,300 to purchase therapeutic supplies for the pediatric behavioral health program at three of their centers

Senior Services of Alexandria

$3,150 to purchase supplies to expand the Caring Connection Program

United Community Ministries

$3,839.50 to purchase a refrigerator and freezer for the food pantry expansion

2017

  • Dental equipment and behavioral games at Neighborhood Health
  • bicycle scholarships for residents of Carpenter’s Shelter through Velocity Bicycle Cooperative
  • Surface tablets to digitize the intake process at Just Neighbors
  • New appliances and tile flooring at Bethany House
  • Cribs and crib sheets as part of SIDS education by SCAN: Stop Child Abuse Now
  • New books for families through the Reading Connection
  • Two four-seat strollers at United Community Ministries

2016

  • Books for kindergarteners and first graders at the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium
  • Construction of a garden bed and benches for the Charles Barrett Elementary PTA
  • For Community Lodgings to provide 10 summer field-trip scholarships for at-risk youth
  • Four Westminster Early Childhood Learning Institute scholarships at Hopkins House
  • English literacy instruction to parents and children in Alexandria City Public Schools by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
  • Pediatric health equipment and supplies for Neighborhood Health
  • Bicycle scholarships for four residents of Carpenter’s Shelter through Velocity Bicycle Co-operative
  • 45 pillow packs with supplies for low-income kids to take to summer camp with Volunteer Alexandria

2015

  • Summer camp scholarships at the Alexandria Police Youth Camp
  • Long-term homeless housing at Carpenter’s Shelter
  • Food storage/distribution and registration for federal benefits at Christ Church Lazarus Ministry
  • Educational certification scholarships at Hopkins House
  • Transcutaneous bilirubin meter for infants at Neighborhood Health
  • Food delivery supplies at Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Teen’s shelter room decorations for a Space of Her Own mentor

2014

  • Boat equipment for educational programs for local students at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation
  • Repair ALIVE! trucks used to deliver food and furniture to the needy
  • Bethany House
  • Summer camp supplies for children at the Center for Alexandria’s Children
  • Books, games and teacher training for a new program at SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) on resiliency skills to help children recover from trauma
  • An industrial scale to efficiently process donations at the United Community Ministries food bank

2013

  • 3 commercial washers to reduce water and electricity costs at Carpenter’s Shelter
  • Support resources for after-school programs for Hispanic middle-schoolers at Casa Chirilagua
  • Upgrades to the client database at Lazarus Ministry to improve the emergency assistance offering
  • New computers at Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Educational materials and equipment for students to become certified in food preparation and therefore be better equipped to find jobs at Friends of Guest House’s “Together We Bake”

2012

  • Renovatation of two exam rooms for newborn babies at Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services
  • Dust collection system to reduce sawdust particles at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation
  • Quickbooks training to help 80 Alexandrians learn workforce development skills at C.O.R.E.Weekend camping trip for Space Of Her Own mentors and mentees
  • Glass display refrigerator for the food pantry at United Community Ministries