Applications for grants to further the mission of Orthodoxy now available
Application for grants to further the mission of Orthodoxy now available
WILLIAMSPORT, PA [OCA/GOF] -- The Ganister Orthodox Foundation is now accepting
applications for grants for organizations and parishes with innovative
approaches to advancing the mission of Orthodoxy in the US. The deadline for
submitting grant applications is July 31, 2011. Recipients will be announced in
Founded in 2001, the Ganister Orthodox Foundation is a component of the
Williamsport, PA-based First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania. The
foundation takes its name from the village of Ganister in Central Pennsylvania,
to which immigrants drawn there by employment opportunities in the limestone
quarry founded Saint Mary’s Holy Assumption parish in 1916.
Favor is given to proposals that address priority needs of the Orthodox Church
in America, especially those that do so in catalytic ways. The selection process
also weighs leadership experience, clarity of goals, the presence of a stable
funding base, and faithfulness to the teachings and ministry of the OCA.
Applicants must articulate how their undertaking will have a positive impact on
a specific priority need, without duplicating other programs or projects already
serving the Church.
Grants are modest in size, generally ranging from $250 to $2,500. But, properly
used, they have the potential to jump-start valuable initiatives that might not
otherwise get off the ground. Examples of grants given over the years include:
__Fund a guest speaker program to help seminarians develop their pastoral
__Provide tutoring materials and sports equipment for a church-run after-school
program for inner-city Latino children.
__Translate invaluable music textbooks from Russian to English.
__Purchase digital recorders to distribute Orthodox radio broadcasts world-wide.
__Develop a "mission starter" kit.
__Print materials regarding human services for aging Orthodox Christians.
__Support continuing education opportunities for clergy.
__Underwrite the Profiles of Ministry program to assess and counsel seminarians
on their strengths and weaknesses.
Applicants must be qualifying 501c(3) entities as described under IRS Section
509(a)(1). Grants will not be considered for endowments, ongoing operational
support, annual campaigns or event sponsorships, debt reduction, research
grants, or support of individuals.
To receive an application, contact the First Community Foundation of
Pennsylvania, 330 Pine Street, Suite 401, Williamsport, PA 17701, or visit the
Foundation’s website, www.fcfpa.org. Applications will be reviewed and
recommendations made by the Advisory Board of the Ganister Orthodox Foundation,
a donor-advised component of the First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania.
Additional information is available at the Foundation web site at
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