Westminster Community Grant

In April 2020, Westminster made a $30,500 donation to ACT for Alexandria’s Covid-19 Response Fund, which provides weekly grants to local nonprofits responding to the profound human need arising in our community. Our Local Mission committee discerned this to be the most faithful and helpful use of our 2020 Community Grant funds during this crisis. Learn more about the ACT for Alexandria fund here.

Westminster Presbyterian Church offers assistance to local charitable organizations through its annual grant program. Since 2012, Westminster has given over $180,000 through 47 awards. 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 Stephanie VanVliet, 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 and WPC’s Community Grant Review Committee on Community Grant Award Sunday in June 2019.

2019 Grant Recipients

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

$2,490 to purchase four violas, four violin cases, four viola blows and 11 violin bows for ASO Sympatico, a before- and after-school music education program at John Adams Elementary School

Carpenter’s Shelter

$3,500 for the purchase of air mattresses for 48 residential shelter graduates and their children

Christ Church Lazarus Ministry

$4,956 to purchase two diagnostic blood pressure cuffs, a smart scale, a freezer, an Android tablet with keypad and stylus, and funding for fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk

Just Neighbors

$3,654 to purchase two new computers (including setup fee and software) to expand capacity to serve more clients

Liberty’s Promise

$4,400 for the purchase of seven laptops to streamline the job skills workshop process for students participating in their internship programs and to make day-to-day planning of programs easier for program officers

Offender Aid & Restoration

$3,000 for the purchase of SmarTrip cards, bus fare, cell phones, clothing and other assistance (including housing, food and IDs)

Space of Her Own

$3,450 ($150 per child) for 23 girls to attend one week at Camp Henlopen State Park. The funding will support registration, transportation, food, arts and crafts, and other miscellaneous costs



  • Books for the 150 students enrolled in the tutoring program with Alexandria Tutoring Consortium
  • Weekend food bags for children at an Alexandria elementary school for the Assistance League of Northern Virginia 
  • Kitchen equipment and supplies related to the temporary relocation of Carpenter’s Shelter
  • Needed classroom supplies to support the Child & Family Network Centers in NAEYC accreditation
  • Two new computers for Just Neighbors to expand capacity to serve more clients
  • Therapeutic supplies for the pediatric behavioral health program at three of Neighborhood Health’s centers
  • Supplies to expand the Caring Connection Program at Senior Services of Alexandria
  • A refrigerator and freezer for the food pantry expansion at United Community Ministries


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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”


  • 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