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Service Ministry Grants

In addition to hands-on opportunities for service, the Village Church Service Ministry invites worthy organizations to submit grant requests.

Village Church has an annual grants process that makes multiple awards in modest dollar amounts. We are particularly interested in awarding grants that:

  • Provide direct service to persons, communities, or causes in need;

  • Will make a significant impact on the organization;

  • Support organizations where there are volunteer opportunities for members of our church;

  • Support organizations in which we have church members significantly involved in supporting or running the organization;

  • Will fund a very specific effort within the organization.

2017 Grant Making Schedule

WE CANNOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM NON-US ORGANIZATIONS UNLESS CHURCH MEMBERS ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED.

June 1, 2017
2017 Grant Application available here

September 22, 2017
Grant Application Submission Deadline

December 2017
Grant Awards Distribution Begins

If you would like to apply for a grant, please download the application materials below. All grant applications must be submitted electronically to [email protected].

Please email us with questions or for further information regarding grant applications.

Organizations Supported by Village Church

Description of Organizations 

 Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA

Andover Newton Graduate Theological School strives to educate leaders who are: Enlivened by rigorous study in a community embracing diversities of faith and life; Devoted to the renewing of church and society through ecumenical witness and creative expression of the gospel; and Committed to enacting God’s ways of justice and love in the world

www.ants.edu 

A Place to Turn, Natick MA

A Place to Turn is a food pantry committed to providing emergency food and clothing to its neighbors in the Metrowest community.  

www.aplacetoturn-natick.org

 Bottom Line, Jamaica Plain, MA

Bottom Line, founded in Boston in 1997, helps disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate, and go far in life. Bottom Line accomplishes this by providing low-income, first-generation students with one-on-one guidance and support throughout the college application process, throughout their years in college and aids in job application and internships post college.  98% of Bottom Line high school seniors have been accepted to college, and 76% of college students have graduated within six years – more than double the average graduation rate of their peers.

www.bottomline.org

 Chaplains on the Way, Waltham, MA

Chaplains on the Way provides chaplaincy services in communities for people who are underserved, most particularly those who are poor, homeless, newly housed, living with mental illness and/or addiction in Waltham.

www.chaplainsontheway.org 

 City Mission Society (CMS), Boston, MA

City Mission Society of Boston was founded in 1816, is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and is the oldest multi-service social justice agency in New England. CMS services reach over 40,000 people each year, both directly and through the volunteer efforts which CMS directs. CMS fosters cutting edge solutions to conditions and systems that marginalize too many in the greater Boston community and beyond. Fully embracing its mission to catalyze action to root out poverty in our neighborhoods, CMS is focused strategically on Homelessness Prevention.

www.cmsboston.org

 Communites Without Border, Newton, MA

CWB's mission is to enable a better future for orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia through access to education and related care.  CWB's model pairs needy communites in Zambia with more affluent communities in the US in order to build trust and friendship between the two communites and increase opportunites for the Zambian children.

https://www.communitieswithoutborders.org/

Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral, Boston MA

Common Cathedral is an outdoor congregation, with housed and un-housed people, sharing Jesus’ love through building community, pastoral care, and worship on Boston Common.

www.Ecclesia-Ministries.org

Family Promise Metrowest, Natick, MA                                                          

Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing.

www.familypromisemetrowest.org

For His Children (FHC) , Quito, Ecuador

For His Children is a Christian-centered residential ministry to homeless children with normal needs and special needs in Ecuador. Currently, 40 to 50 children are cared for in two residential care homes in north-east Quito and a home in Latacunga, in the Province of Cotopaxi. The environment provides physical and emotional support, spiritual nurturing, and lots of tender loving care. The residents of FHC range from newborn to 18 years of age. FHC strives to unite them with their biological or adoptive family, and advocates on their behalf to others.

www.forhischildren-ecuador.org

Friends of Fumbelo, Lusaka, Zambia

Friends of Fumbelo’s mission is to educate AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia, therby breaking the cycle of poverty for future generations. FOF has established strong relationships with women and children in Fumbelo. FOF’s overall goal is to promote education, health, and opportunities for the children of Fumbelo. The village of Fumbelo and Friends of Fumbelo at Village Church is one of these partnerships. FOF currently sponsors 114 children to attend government schools in Zambia.    

www.friendsoffumbelo.com  

Friends of Wellesley METCO, Inc., Wellesley, MA                                   

Friends of Wellesley METCO, is dedicated to helping Wellesley METCO students maximize the educational opportunities provided by Wellesley’s METCO program. Each year, Friends of Wellesley METCO raises money from across the community to help Boston students become fully integrated in school life.

www.friendsofwellesleymetco.org

The Human Relations Service (HRS), Wellesley, MA

The Human Relations Service mission is simply to treat, reduce, and prevent mental illness. HRS provides community crisis intervention; consultation to the municipalities and other organizations; community education to parent groups, civic and service organizations, and businesses; and employee assistance programs.

www.hrshelps.org

 MassReLeaf Ministry, Framingham, MA

MassReLeaf Ministry is a ministry of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (MACUCC), working in partnership with the Urban and Community Forestry Program of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), to lead real, hands-on tree-care projects to improve the quality of our shared environment and enhance the lives of tens of thousands of citizens living in population centers across Massachusetts.

www.macucc.org

 Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living, (NWW) Newton, MA

NWW’s mission is threefold:  to offer a spectrum of local services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; to offer support services to their families; and to offer programs to increase community awareness and receptivity regarding people with disabilities.  NWW has provided these services since 1972.

www.nwwcommittee.org

 Northeastern University PT Program, Boston, MA

The purpose of the project is to provide an international community outreach experience for 14 college-aged Northeastern University Physical Therapy students, and PT faculty/Village Church members. The community building experience centers on the provision of volunteer physical therapy and interactive childcare services to children at the For His Children orphanage located in Quito, Ecuador.

OUT Metrowest (formerly WAGLY), Wellesley Hills, MA

The mission of OUT MetroWest is to support the health and emotional well-being of GLBTQ teens in the Boston MetroWest area by offering youth-led and adult-supported social and educational programs.    

www.outmetrowest.org 

Partakers, Inc., Auburndale, MA

Partakers works to help advance the rehabilitation of inmates and to bridge the divide that separates those inside and outside of prison. Through its College Behind Bars mentoring programs, inmates build trusting relationships, enhance skills critical to completing a college degree, and significantly increase their chances for success when returning to the community. 

www.partakers.org

Protestand Chaplaincy Council, Wayland, MA

The Community Chaplain Program's mission is to share God's love with underserved people in the Metro West area.  This chaplaincy used to be at the Newton Wellesley Hospital but is now moving out into the community and growing in new ways.

http://www.protestantchaplaincycouncil.org/what-we-do/

 Springwell, Waltham, MA

Springwell is a private, non-profit organization that was founded in 1977 as West Suburban Elder Services. Springwell’s mission is to provide comprehensive services to seniors, individuals with disabilities and those who provide care, guided by a commitment to an individual’s right to live independently in the community. This mission is a reflection of Springwell’s core commitment to the dignity and self-determination of those who we serve.        

www.springwell.com

 Rosie’s Place, Boston, MA

Rosie’s Place is the first emergency shelter for women in the United States. Rosie’s Place provides nutritious meals every day of the year in its Dining Room; guidance and resources through an Advocacy program; groceries through a food pantry; shelter and stability through housing programs; knowledge and independence through its Women’s Education program—and so much more. Above all, Rosie’s Place offers sanctuary, love and opportunity — to every woman who walks through their doors.   

www.rosiesplace.org

Wellesley A Better Chance (ABC), Wellesley, MA

Wellesley A Better Chance was founded in 1972. It has provided academically talented and promising young women of color from underserved communities in the northeast A Better Chance to achieve their potential through enrollment at Wellesley High School while living together in a residential program in the town of Wellesley.      

 www.WellesleyABC.org

 Wellesley S.T.A.R.S, Wellesley, MA

Wellesley S.T.A.R.S. provides recreational services to residents with special needs from Wellesley and nearby towns. Team members compete in Special Olympics regional and state-wide meets in Massachusetts, Connecticut and in U.S. national and international events.      

www.welleselystars.org

 Women’s Lunch Place, Boston, MA

The Women’s Lunch Place is a daytime shelter in Boston’s Back Bay. It offers breakfast, lunch, personal advocacy, nap and shower facilities, medical care, a job readiness program, and an array of additional services to women who are low income and or homeless to help improve the quality of their lives.

www.womenslunchplace.org