2017 SAM Grant Program Recipients

Rock Spring’s Social Action and Mission Board is charged with the responsibility for managing the church’s Wider Mission budget, which includes grants to Community Partners who share our passion for social justice. The Community Partners Grants process is initiated each spring by the Board’s Grants Subcommittee, which invites a number of organizations to submit a request for a grant. The invitation letter, grant application and guidelines are typically emailed in April with a June deadline for application submissions. Those organizations that do not receive invitations are still eligible—and welcome—to apply for a grant. Grants are not made to individuals. Organizations interested in being added to the list to receive an application next year should email Samgrants@rockspringucc.org.

The Grants Subcommittee assesses the applications it receives and presents recommendations to the Social Action and Mission Board in August. Priority consideration will be given to Community Partners that not only meet the most basic human needs of our community but to those that also can benefit from the hands-on involvement of Rock Spring member volunteers.

Once grantees are confirmed, the Grants Subcommittee will email all applicants—whether they will receive grants or not—and checks are issued as funds become available throughout the third quarter of year. In recent years, the Social Action and Mission Board has granted approximately $39,000 to our Community Partners who provide essential social services and assistance to their clients.

Grant awards totaling $39,000 will go to 14 community organizations in 2017 through the Social Action and Mission board.  Award amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

2017 Community Partners Grant Recipients

  1. Alliance for Housing Solutions (AHS):  $1,000
  2. Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH):  $2,000
  3. Arlington Free Clinic: $5,000
  4. Arlington Thrive:  $2,000
  5. Bridges to Independence:  $4,000
  6. Culpepper Garden:  $3,500
  7. Doorways for Women and Families: $2,000
  8. Interfaith Power and Light: $1,000
  9. Just Neighbors:  $5,000
  10. Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church (OAR):  $1,000
  11. Shirlington Employment & Education Center (SEEC):   $4,000
  12. Shaw Community Ministry:  $3,500
  13. Shelter House:  $2,500
  14. Thrive DC: $2,500

The SAM Grants Subcommittee was headed by Diana Maxwell, and included Hamilton Brown, Hannah Chismar, Margaret Miller, and Susan Woods Schneider.  Individuals recused themselves from any decisions regarding agencies where they or their families are employed. 


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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.