A Letter from the Dream Offer Grant Committee
“Money, if you’ll pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.”
~Dolly Levi, “Hello, Dolly”
In the last 2 years, the Dream Offering Grant has given away just shy of $90,000! Among the projects we have supported, we have given $12,000 to a memorial garden for the church which is in the design phase, $3,000 in scholarships for children to La Foret, $8,000 for an Intergenerational Music Outreach Program, which I’m told is in process for something “really big,” and $10,000 went to Soft Voices. We were able to meet an emergency request for funds of $2,000 to the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the OUR Center when they suddenly lost support from a major donor. Gateway Montessori received $15,000 for their expansion project.
The recipient with our largest support is The Reentry Initiative, receiving $10,000 in 2018 and another $15,000 in 2019. Their program has quadrupled in size and is the only reentry program that works both inside and outside the Denver Women’s Prison, training women prior to release, meeting them at the gates and helping them through the process of finding a new life on the outside with housing and jobs. To date, they have and are helping 39 women to new productive healthy lives.
We have also supported getting new sound equipment for the sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall, support for the hearing impaired, and scholarships for the Women’s Retreat.
Claire Sanford put together a rubric to help us with the process of determining what criteria we will use to decide what projects we want to fund. This is a working document. We have received applications that we decided not to fund. What were our criteria? It was mostly in discussion and there wasn’t anything written that we could use to communicate to the Congregation about why we came to certain decisions. So, this rubric will provide our committee and future committees some guidelines for making grants. It will also let you know how we are coming to these decisions. We also hope it will stir some creative juices on other ways we can help our church and our wider community.
Our next round of grants are due on March 31st. What good works would you like to do? Let us help you!
- The Dreaming Offer Grant Committee